Planting Seeds for Change- Little Imperfekshons

Posted on 24 June 2015 by Richard Bullock, Education

Richard Bullock, from MacKillop Education Services, talks about Little Imperfekshons, an innovative new project where MacKillop students give back to refugees in their local community.

MacKillop School Geelong is a flexible learning centre for young people, aged seven-17, who are disengaged from mainstream education. Many of our students have come from disadvantaged backgrounds involving trauma, family breakdown and substance abuse, which in many cases has contributed to their need for an alternative education setting.

We have started a Youth Social Enterprise Programme in which our young people convert recycled pallets into garden beds and distribute them back out into the Community. The aim is to make the programme sustainable and engage with the local community within and surrounding Whittington.

A couple of weeks ago we delivered two customised garden-beds, complete with soil and vegetable seedlings, to a MacKillop Residential House for young refugee boys in North Geelong. All of the boys who reside in the house arrived into Australia as “Unaccompanied Minors”. This donation was offered as a free gesture of support to them and gave our students an opportunity to be part of an extended MacKillop community. 

Check out our video link (shot and edited with our students) that gives a behind the scenes look at the process.