KIDS are back to school this week and Year 7 students at Lismore High will spend the first half of Term 4 exploring their local heroes.
Lismore mayor Jenny Dowell launched the new project and shared her own heroes with the kids.
"They often think of some super hero or someone in the sporting arena or someone well-known," she said.
"I talked about a teacher who believed in me when I was in Year 7 ... and I had an aunt who was a professional woman and in our family we had several aunts who were unmarried.
"In that era it was unusual, and they were career women who believed women could do anything," Cr Dowell said.
Student Abbey Bailey, 12, said her role models were among her family and family friends.
"A hero is probably someone who is a role model to me and inspires me and helps me everyday with a positive attitude," Abbey said.
Project-based learning coordinator Catriona Fraser said students will also learn that they can become heroes as well.
"They'll identify what attributes make a hero and there are ways to become a hero, so stepping out of their comfort zones for example," she said.
For a third of their day, four days a week, the students get together for project-based learning, allowing students the chance to work independently.
"We divide each project into three sections whether it's exploring - so researching information, they're creating something and then they're presenting it at the end," Ms Fraser said.
Principal Nigel Brito said the new learning model put subjects into context.
"They don't realise their learning about English and History," he said.
"Instead of getting the kids to write for the sake of writing, they're writing about something they're really keen about.
"It's like covert teaching."