Howqua school leads state in sus­tain­abil­ity

Mansfield Courier - - YOUTH NEWS & VIEWS -

NEARLY 60 Vic­to­rian schools are be­ing recog­nised for tak­ing the lead on the en­vi­ron­men­tal is­sues in their com­mu­ni­ties.

The fi­nal­ists for the Re­sourceS­mart Schools Awards have been an­nounced by the Min­is­ter for En­ergy, En­vi­ron­ment and Cli­mate Change Lily D’Am­bro­sio ahead of the pre­sen­ta­tion cer­e­mony in Oc­to­ber.

Lau­ris­ton Girls School in Howqua was recog­nised as the top En­ergy School of the Year (Sec­ondary).

“To be named a fi­nal­ist or win­ner in the Re­sourceS­mart Schools Awards 2017 is a trib­ute to the hard work of the school com­mu­ni­ties across Vic­to­ria,” Ms D’Am­bro­sio said.

“I con­grat­u­late young Vic­to­ri­ans for be­ing pas­sion­ate, in­no­va­tive and help­ing to build com­mu­ni­ties that are more live­able and sus­tain­able.”

Sus­tain­abil­ity Vic­to­ria re­ceived 150 en­tries from 87 schools.

Now in its 10th year, the 2017 awards fo­cused on the theme ‘a decade of school wins for the en­vi­ron­ment’.

The Re­sourceS­mart Schools pro­gram in­spires stu­dents and their schools to take ac­tion on sus­tain­abil­ity and cli­mate change, while pro­vid­ing new learn­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties.

Projects in­cluded the in­stal­la­tion of so­lar pan­els, grey wa­ter ponds, gar­den beds, aquapon­ics ponds and beds, re-used tyre and sleeper walls, per­ma­cul­ture ar­eas, com­post sys­tems and or­chards.

Some projects were in­te­grated into the school cur­ricu­lum with teach­ers help­ing stu­dents through hands-on re­al­life learn­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties.

A plan was worked out, put into prac­tice and stu­dents fo­cused on get­ting a re­sult.

Sus­tain­abil­ity Vic­to­ria has sup­ported more than half of Vic­to­ria’s gov­ern­ment and non-gov­ern­ment schools to em­bed sus­tain­abil­ity into ev­ery­thing they do.

LIGHTS OUT: Lau­ris­ton Girls School in Howqua was recog­nised as the top En­ergy School of the Year.

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