April 28, 2018 by admin
Forbes North Primary School has won the Learning for Sustainability Award for the Western NSW Region.
Three student representatives travelled to Sydney Olympic Park last Thursday week to accept the award on behalf of the school.
Conducted by the Department of Education and Communities, the Learning for Sustainability Award recognised the Schools Environmental Management Plan (SEMP) and Stephanie Alexander Kitchen Garden Program.
As part of the presentation the three students Kristian Markwort, Courtney Hanley and Chelsea Turner were required to go up on stage.
The three students answered questions on the SEMP and Kitchen Garden programs, which was then followed by a presentation by Ms Turner.
Although the winners had already been determined, after the presentations by each school, those at the dinner were able to vote by SMS.
Despite admitting to nerves while being on stage, the three students agreed they were very proud to have their school named the winner for the region.
“I was so proud of the school. It was like, another award, yay,” Ms Hanley said.
Ms Turner said the two programs were important because they helped students learn the principles of sustainability.
Forbes North Primary School was acknowledged for their School’s Environmental Management Plan, which aims to enable students to care for the environment and solve environmental issues.
“Teaching students about sustainability empowers the students to take responsibility for their environment for a better quality of life,” Mr Thurston said.
Mr Thurston said the School’s Environmental Management Plan focuses on four main areas including saving water, reducing waste, energy conservation and biodiversity.
The Kitchen Garden program is one program which is run under the School’s Environmental Management Plan.
Through the program students learn about mulching, worm farms, organic fertilisers and anything which relates to sustainability.
Mr Thurston said other sustainability programs running throughout the school include paper and can recycling, paper use awareness in the classrooms and turning taps off.
“Environmental education is so important and to be recognised as the leading school in the Western Area, I think it is deserved recognition for the wonderful work the teachers do in the school,” Mr Thurston said.
“Getting the award is huge acknowledgement.”
Forbes North Primary School year six ministers Kristian Markwort (Environment and Health and Safety), Courtney Hanley and Chelsea Turner (Communication and Technology) show off the school’s Learning for Sustainability Award with principal Phil Thurston.
Mr Thurston said he was very proud of the school’s accomplishments in environmental sustainability.
“It’s something that has been a priority for the school.
“There’s nothing more important than learning to sustain the environment for life in the future.
“There is far more to education than literacy and numeracy … preparing students for life after school and their future lifestyle is critical,” he said.
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