Warriors target NRM award
Nightcliff Primary School is a finalist in the 2019 NT Natural Resource Management Awards.
The selection for the Junior NRM Award category acknowledges the work of the school’s Eco Warriors (pictured).
This group of senior students promotes environmental sustainability through projects such as litter and paper recycling and reuse, the preservation of local flora and fauna, and by educating younger students about conservation and wise resource use.
Teacher Erin Costello said the activists are developing a culture of responsibility and care and “a desire to support and sustain the natural and built school environment”.
“As leaders in the school, the Eco Warriors have been instrumental in restoring understorey plants in Finch’s Forest — the school’s forest ravaged by Cyclone Marcus — and installing camouflage-coloured nesting boxes and mammal refuge boxes,” she said.
“By the end of the year, the Eco Warriors will have planted 30 trees — donated by the City of Darwin — in Finch’s Forest.
“They are also monitoring wildlife in the school surrounds, and engaging with other eco-projects, such as composting and recycling.
“The composting program is almost entirely student-led, with senior students supporting early years’ classes by collecting and emptying their compost bins daily.
“By contributing to these projects, the Eco Warriors are demonstrating a remarkable conservation ethos.”
Alawa Primary School and Gunbalanya School are also in the running for the award. The winners will be announced on 13 November 2019 at the Darwin Convention Centre.