Kalgoorlie Primary School’s Year 2/3 class has proven a resourceful bunch, winning not only the primary school category of the Reconstructed Recycled Art competition, but also the people’s choice award. Kalgoorlie Boulder Urban Landcare Group’s annual art competition inspired classroom teacher Lisa Watson to make use of the students’ felt scraps leftover from a term one project. Room 8 collaborated to make the spring collage using felt and cardboard leftovers from attaching their names to chair bags which Ms Watson uses instead of trays under the desks. “Rather than having trays underneath our desks I use chair bags to put on the back of the chair so it allows the kids to choose where they would like to sit when they come in in the morning,” Ms Watson said. “It also means that I can reconfigure the desks between lessons if I want to without the hassle of trays so it allows for a more flexible teaching style. “But then the trouble is we were left with an awful lot of felt and thankfully we were able to put that felt to good use. “Everybody was given a little square of cardboard ... and then they sort of picked which part of the picture they would like to make.” Ms Watson said the experience of making and entering a piece into the competition was “motivating”. “I’d like to do it again next year for sure — as a result you make connections from doing it as well,” she said. Ms Watson said running a sustainable classroom and teaching sustainability to her students was an important part of her teaching practice. The classroom did not buy anything to make the project, even using a broken broom handle to hang the collage. KBULG administration officer Hannah Shanks said the competition for people’s choice was not a close one at all. “They were by far the winner — I think they had almost double (the votes) of any other,” she said. “What I really liked about the collage is that you can see that it was absolutely collaborative with the class and that everyone pitched in — it had a little bit of each person in there.” Ms Shanks said the organisation was impressed with the number of entries they received this year and were excited for it to be even bigger and better next year.