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2016 Winner - Premier's Recognition Award

Winters Flat Primary

Students leading change: Winters Flat Primary School Sustainability Program

Care for Self, Care for Others and Care for the Environment are the core values of the Winters Flat School community. In 2015, the state primary school in Castlemaine harnessed the power of community, student voice and a deep respect for the environment to drive their Students Leading Change Winters Flat Primary School Sustainability Program.

Staff, community members, families, school leaders and students all contributed to the school dramatically reducing its carbon footprint and embedding sustainable practices throughout the curriculum and wider community. Using the ResourceSmart program, the school gained 5-star accreditation through its work on reducing waste, energy and water consumption and by increasing biodiversity.

Student leaders engaged with other schools in the Youth Leading the World Congress, advised the Mayor on matters of waste reduction, enacted whole school policies such as the 1.2.3 Layers, Nude Food Every Day and Weather Announcements and forged links with local community groups and Indigenous Elders, central to a sustainable future.

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