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Pastoral Lesson using Recycled Garbage

Posted by Angela Porro on 18 March 2021
Pastoral Lesson using Recycled Garbage

I am constantly at awe to be part of the community at Caringbah - the Lasallian spirit is always alive. Congratulations to the students of Benildus 3, and Mr Beaton for this fabulous artwork.

At De La Salle Catholic College, Caringbah, we had a unique opportunity to create the spirit of St John Baptist de La Salle in an art form using recycled garbage that was collected by our College Leaders. We were given a piece of plywood and a bag of recycled material to use in a 1-hour lesson, the artwork had to reflect the spirit of De La Salle. In the Benildus 3 homeroom, I proposed to the students to do a portrait of De La Salle. We chose a portrait with De La Salle holding a red book and traced the outline on the plywood. Then we started to use the recycled material to fill in the portrait. The class did an excellent job as shown by the finished product.

The students also had to write a small blurb to go with the artwork and the following are three examples;

"By building St John Baptist from recycled material, we had the experience and opportunity to create something from the ground up like St John Baptist did with the schools."

"By sculpting St John Baptist out of recycled materials, we have demonstrated the De La spirit by commending the founder of our spectacular school system."

"Any tool, any object, can be used to create learning opportunities. De La Salle inspired us to create a recycled portrait of him."

Mr Michael Beaton - Benildus 3 Homeroom Teacher




Author:Angela Porro
About: Religious Education Coordinator, De La Salle Catholic College, Caringbah
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