Pretty Beach Public School has been announced as a winner in the 2017 Council Environment Program.
The winners of the 2017 Council Environment Program were announced on October 10 at a student leadership day at Australia Walkabout Wildlife Park.
Six schools were recognised for their participation and creativity around this year’s theme Our Green Classroom, which aimed to encourage outdoor learning.
Pretty Beach Public School won Best Performance after taking on the ABC War on Waste Challenge, with a very informative and impassioned speech on our need to avoid plastic bags and single use plastics in order to reduce the amount of plastic rubbish ending up in our oceans, according to mayor Cr Jane Smith.
She said the council program ran parallel to school environmental educational programs.
“Council’s School Environment Program aims at building an understanding, appreciation and concern for our natural environment,” said Cr Smith.
“The program is designed to integrate with the programs offered by local schools and the Department of Education.
“It’s imperative that we impart this knowledge in our schools so kids are aware of their environment, how to look after it and the impact it has on their lives.
“Their involvement means they are learning how to recycle better, consume less, be water wise, reduce waste and energy, and enjoy nature.
“Most of all they learn that small changes can make a big difference and that they have the ability to protect the environment,” Clr Smith said.
Council group leader Ms Julie Vaughan said: “In the age of technology, this year’s program encourages schools to spend more time outdoors and less time in front of the screen,” said Ms Vaughan.
“Outdoor classrooms are part of a worldwide education movement aimed at increasing learning outside.
“It offers many positive effects on behaviour and learning, such as increased academic performance, resilience, communication, general wellbeing and engagement.
“I hope that many schools continue with their efforts and pass on their knowledge to their family and friends.”
Media release, 10 Oct 2017
Mel Sutton, Central Coast Council Media