The Gumeracha Primary School has been awarded Equal Best Environmental School at this years KESAB Tidy Towns and Environmental Schools Awards Ceremony held at AAMI Stadium on December 1st.
Along with Woodside Primary and Pt Vincent Primary, Gumeracha was chosen from 224 other competing schools from across the state.
The award reflects the commitment by students, staff and parents to positive action within the community as well as including environmental education within its curriculum and day to day activities at the school.
Gumeracha has an Environmental Forum group of students R-7 who are responsible for maintaining the schools comprehensive recycling program, and extensive garden projects around the school including a vegetable garden, propagation area, herb garden, orchard, a native bush garden and newly planted indigenous bush food garden.
The school has worked hard at becoming sustainable, and this includes monitoring water use and applying for grants to assist in minimizing water consumption.
This year the school has improved the irrigation system for the oval and replaced all toilets with dual flush cisterns among other initiatives.
We are hoping to ‘become solar’ next year, and are currently also addressing ways of minimizing our waste, adopting the principles of Reduce, Reuse, Recycle wherever possible.
Danielle Weatherley and Rebekah Brandt, Year 5
students, with the Schoolâ€™s scrap book and winning plaque.