Wise on waste school digs deep to win
HILLCREST Primary School in Bayswater has been named the 2018 Waste Wise School of the Year for its communityfocused sustainability initiatives.
The school was recognised at a ceremony on November 15, where Lynwood Senior High School and Santa Maria College also received commendable mentions.
Since 2017, the school has implemented an eco canteen, held a sustainable fashion parade, gathered food scraps in compost bins for its edible garden and reduced the amount of skip bins by recycling more waste.
Principal Liz Ford, who was appointed in a permanent role after acting since April, said sustainability teacher Rachael Roberts helped the school gain momentum to continue being waste wise and came up with cost-effective ideas.
“It was not one little classroom doing a little thing, it was all the staff, parents and kids,” she said.
“We talked about us being like a beehive and the kids are like little worker bees who let the community know what to do and how to do it.”
Ms Ford said the school was looking to reduce the amount of bottled water and sugary drinks on its grounds, establish a pencil library, encourage students to cycle or walk to school and introduce waste-free lunches next year.
Year 5 students Blerim Ramadani and Kelly-Anne Stobie at work in the edible garden of Hillcrest Primary School, this year’s winner of the Waste Wise School of the Year award.