Waste film a win­ner for Feild­ing pupils

Feilding-Rangitikei Herald - - Taihape - SAM KILMISTER

A group of Manch­ester St School pupils have won a short film com­pe­ti­tion by tack­ling the is­sue of re­duc­ing waste.

Of­fi­cials from Hori­zons and Manawatu¯ Dis­trict Coun­cil set up the com­pe­ti­tion as a way to high­light the in­creas­ing waste and rub­bish is­sues in New Zealand.

The com­pe­ti­tion was judged on Novem­ber 29 and was open to all early child­hood cen­tres, pri­mary, in­ter­me­di­ate and high schools in the Manawatu¯ dis­trict.

Manch­ester St School’s film Pa­per Re­cy­cling took home the $300 prize, which will be put to­wards en­vi­ron­men­tal ini­tia­tives.

Mayor He­len Wor­boys was im­pressed by the mes­sages con­veyed in the videos.

They showed a ‘‘strong aware­ness’’ about the need to care for the en­vi­ron­ment and Wor­boys was con­fi­dent in the pupils’ abil­ity to cre­ate a sus­tain­able planet for ev­ery­one, she said.

Hori­zons en­vi­ron­men­tal ed­u­ca­tor Sarah Gal­ley, who judged the com­pe­ti­tion, said Manch­ester St School’s en­try was se­lected for its ‘‘sim­ple, fac­tual and en­ter­tain­ing’’ sto­ry­telling.

San­son School Ju­niors also won $100 for their Rub­bish: a jour­ney through time, as did San­son School Se­niors for Food Waste, and Manch­ester St School

‘‘We hope their films show other schools how en­vi­ron­men­tal ini­tia­tives are easy to im­ple­ment.’’ Sarah Gal­ley

for Worms - the cy­cle of food scraps. ‘‘Waste min­imi­sa­tion prac­tices in schools, cen­tres and the com­mu­nity are one of the core ar­eas within the en­vi­roschools pro­gramme,’’ Gal­ley said.

It’s the first time the film com­pe­ti­tion has been held.

Both coun­cils were pleased with the qual­ity of en­tries, show­ing how schools and cen­tres had strong waste prac­tices in place, she said.

‘‘We hope their films show other schools how en­vi­ron­men­tal ini­tia­tives are easy to im­ple­ment and help to get chil­dren think­ing about the themes while creat­ing life-long learn­ing ex­pe­ri­ences.’’

The awards evening also in­cluded waste in­for­ma­tion dis­plays on zero waste and re­us­able nap­pies, and what the dis­trict coun­cil were do­ing to re­duce land­fill waste.

The en­vi­roschools pro­gramme aims to cre­ate lead­ers in sus­tain­abil­ity by chang­ing be­hav­iours and at­ti­tudes to­wards waste.

The pro­gramme’s vi­sion aims to cre­ate a gen­er­a­tion of peo­ple who in­stinc­tively think and act sus­tain­ably.

There are 47 en­vi­roschools across the re­gion, cov­er­ing early child­hood, pri­mary and sec­ondary lev­els.

PHOTO: MEGAN SMITH/ SUP­PLIED

Manch­ester Street School stu­dents Iso­bel Elm­slie, Alice Daw­son, Ky­mani Cor­bett and Sam Claasen won a short film com­pe­ti­tion.

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