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