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Three Wimmera finalists in ResourceSmart Schools awards

Ararat 800 PS students Sophie Cooper, Hayley Manning, Phoebe Segedinski and Bree Bond at Ararat Wind Farm opening.

Ararat 800 Primary School is one of three Wimmera schools up for ResourceSmart School awards.

Schools from western Victoria are making their presence felt in the 2017 ResourceSmart Schools Awards.
Ararat Primary School is a finalist in the section for Student Action Team of the Year, Warracknabeal Secondary College is up for Leadership School of the Year, while Kaniva P-12 College is in the running for Waste School of the Year.
Sustainability Victoria’s Interim, CEO Stephanie Ziersch, said the awards showcased excellence about what was possible in schools and the wider community.
“The awards really are the ultimate ‘show and tell’ and celebrate the achievement of schools across the state who are committed to sustainable action.”
“Schools are seeing that there are positive actions they can take to reduce the risks associated with climate change and its impacts.”
“Schools are leading the way in trialling different approaches and illustrating what can be done to increase sustainability within their community,” Ms Ziersch said.
The ResourceSmart Schools Awards are Victoria’s biggest sustainability awards for schools, and in 2017 celebrate a decade of school wins for the environment. The winners will be announced at the Melbourne Museum on Monday

Ararat 800 Primary School – Student Action Team of the Year (Primary)
The Earthlings team inspires students at Ararat Primary School to think about the environment and how they can help it. The Earthlings have worked hard to introduce nude food days, school veggie gardens, paper recycle bins in every classroom and whole school environmental days.
The team has led and organised activities for Clean Up Australia Day, Tree planting days, Earth Hour and a special activity for Education Week, around the topic ‘Healthy Body, Healthy Mind, Healthy Environment’.

Kaniva P-12 College Waste School of the Year (Secondary)
Kaniva P-12 College’s award winning bicycle recycle project, involving exporting unwanted bicycles to third world countries for reuse, is still going strong. Since winning an award in 2012, Kaniva brought the project into year eight metalwork curriculum. The success of the project, and the pride the students felt, prompted the development of other recycling projects to benefit developing countries and Australians in need. These projects are run in VCAL personal development skills classes. In environmental classes, Kaniva students study waste management, using the college’s recycling work as part of their studies.

Warracknabeal Secondary College Leadership School of the Year (Secondary)
Warracknabeal Secondary drives sustainability in the community by building relationships and taking part in ResourceSmart Schools and TAKE2. Students are taking on leadership roles within the school and are influencing other schools and groups such as Hands on Learning and VCAL.
Students get involved in events like tree planting days, clean up days, energy breakthrough events and Warracknabeal’s community garden. Through the school’s ‘Bin It To Win It’ initiative, students are learning what can be recycled and how. They take this message home influencing their families, businesses and farms. Warracknabeal cafes are even starting a BYO coffee cup movement.

Swan Hill College Green Team came to visit Warracknabeal Secondary College Environmental group and they did activities relating to recycling, water testing and the community garden.

Swan Hill College Green Team came to visit Warracknabeal Secondary College Environmental group and they did activities relating to recycling, water testing and the community garden.

Swan Hill College Green Team came to visit Warracknabeal Secondary College Environmental group and they did activities relating to recycling, water testing and the community garden.

Swan Hill College Green Team came to visit Warracknabeal Secondary College Environmental group and they did activities relating to recycling, water testing and the community garden.

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Posted on Oct 12 2017

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