Green school lauded

Olivia and Adam with the buddy chair. (Supplied) 249591_01

Tara Murray

Albion Primary School’s recycling and gardening initiatives have been recognised in the Coles Sustainability4Schools awards.

Late last month, the school received a buddy chair to place in the school grounds, as part of its prize.

The school was recognised for an Indigenous, butterfly, bee, bird, sensory-maths garden it built with the aim of restoring and improving the natural habitat for native butterflies, bees and birds by planting Indigenous vegetation.

The space is used to educate and engage the pupils in nature, maths and their five senses.

In addition to its gardening initiative, the school was recognised for its efforts to implement the six ‘R’s’ at school and at home: rethink, refuse, reduce, reuse, repair and recycle.

Teacher Marita Ryan said the school has been working on a number of different initiatives.

“Albion Primary School is committed to protecting the environment in so many ways, ” she said.

“Our school community- gardeners, teachers, students, parents and siblings- worked together.

“We are currently working towards the ResourceSmart schools five star sustainability rating.

“We have three of the five modules in for verification and then assessment, so we are hoping to be awarded our first three stars this year.”

The school is also a registered a site for The Great Australian Platypus search.

Earlier this year, the school received a grant for new classroom waste bins, nest boxes for birds and possums, bee pollination plants and books.