Parap flagged for green living award

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Environmentally friendly Parap Primary School has received the Green Flag School Award.

The top tribute for the Eco-Schools Australia registered school follows bronze and silver flag awards for its sustainability ethos.

Recently named the 2020 Eco-School’s Clean Green Healthy School, the latest honour comes after a Keep Australia Beautiful and Green Flag judge assessment.

The award criteria includes a resident eco-committee review of the school’s environment, prompting a detailed Earth responsible action plan.

Assistant principal Kim Morgan said there must also be curriculum links to Eco-Schools themes, and around school advertisements of an eco-code and allied activities.

“Gaining an award is a great way to celebrate and reward achievements,” she said. “It also shows the community that the school cares about the environment and promotes sustainability.

“We have a passionate and inspired team of students, staff and families, who help us spread the message of environmental sustainability within our community.

“Our dedicated Eco-Warriors contribute largely to resource conservation through gardening, recycling, and producing reusable products for the community.

“The garden group teaches students greater self-sufficiency by growing and harvesting food plants, the recycling group collectables include paper, plastic, glass and food scraps, and the reuse group make community saleable items, such as shopping bags, beeswax wraps, cutlery pouches and drink bottles.

“We have strengthened our community relationships, and developed partnerships with local businesses who support us in the production and sale of our products.”

The school is only the second Territory school to collect the coveted flag.

Ms Morgan said the next year’s project is Energy & Climate: Super Smart Power, an energy awareness and efficiency program.

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Gardening towards self-sufficiency (inset) Eco-warrior Boomerang Bags for sale to the community.

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