Wise on waste school digs deep to win

Eastern Reporter - - News - Kristie Lim

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.

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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.

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