Outstanding achievements in school sustainability

Released 20/11/2018

Garran Primary School has won the Sustainable School of the Year award at the inaugural Actsmart Schools Awards at the ACT Legislative Assembly today.

“The award recognises Garran’s commitment to improving their sustainability through student and staff behaviour change and action, particularly their ‘eco ranger’ initiative which brought together their school community,” Minister for Climate Change and Sustainability Shane Rattenbury said.

“They have demonstrated excellence across the five Actsmart Schools focus areas which include, water, waste, energy, biodiversity and school grounds, as well as the integration of sustainability in the curriculum.

“I congratulate all schools nominated for this award, who are illustrating the wonderful commitment in ACT Schools to reducing their carbon footprint and embracing actions to improve their schools’ sustainability.

“Fadden Primary school was awarded the Innovation award for introducing a new recycling system which involved the creation of a ‘friendship club’ where students came together to collect rubbish. The innovation award recognises a project or innovation implemented over the past year that has resulted in significant improvements in sustainability.

“There were inspiring candidates for the Sustainability Leadership awards. These awards recognised individuals for their outstanding leadership in demonstrating the spirit of the Actsmart Schools program within their school community.”

Award recipients:

  • School of the Year Award – Garran Primary School. This 5 Star School continues to excel in each of the five focus areas; waste, water, energy, biodiversity/school grounds, and curriculum. Students drive initiatives through their Eco-Rangers and engage their entire school community in these efforts.
  • Innovation Award – Fadden Primary School. As part of introducing a new recycling system the Green Team created influenced the creation of a ‘friendship club’ where students came together to collect rubbish; and the Green Market Day, an event without straws or balloons.
  • Leadership Award Teacher / Staff – Alison Hicks, Arawang Primary School. Alison has led Arawang’s sustainability efforts including involvement in Ride/Walk to School, Clean-Up Australia Day, World Environment Day, Earth Hour and National Recycling Week. Alison also facilitated the student teams and has worked to embed sustainability across the school’s curriculum.
  • Leadership Award Primary – Millie Cains, St Joseph’s Primary School. Millie created innovative solutions to sustainability issues. After joining the Green team, she created and led weekly bin checks, nude food reminders, Earth week and an ideas box.
  • Leadership Award Secondary / College – Imogen Rayner, UC Senior Secondary College Lake Ginninderra. Imogen led teams to organise Clean up Australia Day, Share the Dignity and a whole college waste audit. She also conducted a school survey to improve recycling and implement new waste management systems within her school.

Highly Commended:

  • Innovation Award - Farrer Primary School
  • Innovation Award – UC Senior Secondary College Lake Ginninderra
  • Leadership Award Teacher / Staff – Katheryn Elliot, Farrer Primary School
  • Leadership Award Teacher / Staff – Carol Quashie-Williams, Farrer Primary School
  • Leadership Award Secondary / College – Jack Roylance, UC Senior Secondary College Lake Ginninderra
  • Leadership Award Primary – Angelique Corbitt, Farrer Primary School
  • School of the Year Award – Aranda Primary School

Actsmart Schools is part of the Actsmart sustainability programs delivered by the ACT Environment, Planning and Sustainable Development Directorate. For more information, visit Actsmart website.

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