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The Rock-itt : November 2011
Bilgola Plateau Public School has received three awards in recognition of their Sustainability Education programs. Students, staff and parents have worked hard over the past two years to build up these programs to instil across the school community a sense of ownership, pride and responsibility for the school environment. Last month the school was awarded the Pittwater Sustainable Schools Award presented by Mayor Harvey Rose at a function as part of the Pittwater Sustainable Living Expo in which the school set up a marquee to demonstrate their projects. The NSW Departm ent of Education and Communities has also recognised the school for their sustainable practices by awarding Bilgola Plateau Public School the Northern Sydney Region Sustainability School Award and the Northern Sydney Region Sustainability Teacher Award. The teacher award went to the Assistant Principal who has successfully led the Environment team, Mrs Faye Jackson. Mrs Jackson would be the first to let you know that she knew very little about this area of the curriculum when she first started in 2009, but was keen to learn. Over the past three years, her commitment to and high aspirations to moving the school ahead in environm ental awareness has been inspirational to the whole school community. The school has a vegetable garden, compost bins, worm farms and chicken coop. This year they built ‘no dig’ vegetable patches which are created entirely by recycled paper, mulch, com post and seeds. The vegetable patch successfully grows vegetables, and fruits and herbs which supports the canteen. The funding from the sale of the vegetable produce and eggs goes towards supporting the ongoing maintenance costs of the garden and chickens. Year 4 and 5 students are the ‘Eco Rangers’ and take care of the vegetable garden, the chickens and composting. The students have attended information sessions at the Eco Garden at Kimbriki Tip and have had lessons on both composting, worm farming and vegetable planting. These students pass on their knowledge to other classes so all students in the school are part of the projects. During the school holidays staff roster them selves on to tend to the chickens and gardens. The main goal for the school was to dev elop environm entally conscious students, families and community through education in effective waste reduction, sustainable practices and an awareness of biodiversity. Congratulations to Bilgola Plateau Public School.