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Year 6 Passion Projects

Release Date: 24-Jun-2016 | Go Back

Roseville College Year 6 students showcase their innovative Passion Projects to inspire others this week and, for some, to contribute to local charitable causes.

Roseville College Year 6 teacher, Mrs Jane Sloane, says the home learning projects combine a personal passion with development of a new skill, as well as giving the girls a wonderful opportunity to enhance their written and oral communication skills, time management and organisation.

Sarah Pratt was inspired by her brother, who wears a hearing aid, to raise money for the Shepherd Centre and learn new skills of event management, organisation and contingency planning. From a movie and mini fete night, relocated due to inclement weather, Sarah raised $450 through ticket and food sales, and tax deductible donations.

"I had a loan to cover the costs of setting up the event, which had to be repaid from the event proceeds," Sarah explains. "It was a great learning experience and I'm so grateful for people who supported my idea and cause,"

Ashleigh Kelliher's passion project supports the new Ku-ring-gai Women's Shelter; she has published an emotive and inspiring cookbook with recipes donated by several Australian women leaders including Ms Julie Bishop, Mrs Fiona Wood, Ms Chantelle Baxter, and Ku-Ring-Gai Mayor Cheryl Szatow.

"I want to comfort and inspire women, especially if in need," says Ashleigh, who needs a local business to sponsor the her project's printing costs." I hope to provide a free copy for each woman who comes to the Shelter, as well as sell it at an affordable price so all the proceeds can be donated to the shelter to better care for its clients."

Claire Minetti did not know how to sew before beginning her passion project. Mentored by a College mum, Claire learned pattern making and sew basics. Then, on her own, enlarged her pattern to produce five small and three large dog coat prototypes, which she will donate to the RSPCA.

"I am happy with what I've done," says Claire with pride. "I've had so many requests to buy dog coats for the family pet, with proceeds going to the RSPCA, so I am now taking orders and need help from competent sewers in the community to volunteer and help me make enough coats to meet the demand!"

Phillipa Harrison, motivated by environmental issues, also tried her hand at sewing to create two large stuffed animals (a Hammerhead Shark and a Manatee), which she will raffle to raise money for Taronga Zoo. She, like her peers, are making a difference for non-profit organisations or have learned something new. If you can assist the girls with donations, sponsorship or by volunteering skills (i.e. sewing) please email Mrs Jane Sloane on

Photo: Year 6 students: Phillipa Harrison, Sarah Pratt, Ashleigh Kelliher and Claire Minetti, showcase their passion projects.

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