As much of our community is already aware, earlier this year, AIS formed a partnership with the Australian High Commission, Asian Civilisations Museum (ACM), ReDot and a group of ‘Erub Artists’ for a project called ‘Ghost Nets of the Ocean’. Erub, also known as Darnley Island, is one of the most remote communities in Australia, and is situated on the edge of the Great Barrier Reef. The small community arts group make sculptures out of reclaimed ‘ghost’ net fishing line in order to raise awareness of how abandoned fishing lines are damaging ocean habitats and putting sea creatures in danger.
Year 4 students at AIS (along with students from other schools across Singapore and Australia) have been making ‘tiny turtles’ out of ghost nets since the beginning of the year. These have now been incorporated into a spectacular exhibition at the ACM which was launched by Australian Prime Minister, Malcolm Turnbull and Singaporean Prime Minister, Lee Hsien Loong at a VIP event at the weekend which four of the students were lucky enough to attend and where they met the two prime ministers.
During the course of the project, students have had a ‘knowledge exchange' video conference with other schools, learnt about how ghost nets are risking our ocean habitats, discovered more about how different cultures live and work and been exposed to new art techniques and methods. It really has been a fantastic opportunity for everybody involved!
"The artists are very nice and friendly and it's amazing how they express themselves through their art and are sending a message about their home reef to stop fishermen leaving fishing nets in the wild at the same time." Kristina Ucchino - 4FO
"The project has been a really great experience and we've loved being part of it. It's been really fun and challenging but shows that if you set your mind to something then you can do it!" Georgie Copping - 4FO