Bayswater: Hillcrest Primary School named 2018 Waste Wise School of the Year

Year 5 students L-R: Blerim Ramadani (11) of Morley and Kelly-Anne Stobie (11) of Bayswater, seen here at work in the school garden.  Hillcrest Primary School in Bayswater won the 2018 Waste Wise School of the Year award in November. Picture: David Baylis www.communitypix.com.au   d488819
Year 5 students L-R: Blerim Ramadani (11) of Morley and Kelly-Anne Stobie (11) of Bayswater, seen here at work in the school garden. Hillcrest Primary School in Bayswater won the 2018 Waste Wise School of the Year award in November. Picture: David Baylis www.communitypix.com.au d488819

HILLCREST Primary School in Bayswater has been named the 2018 Waste Wise School of the Year for its community-focused sustainability initiatives.

The school was recognised at a ceremony on November 15, where Lynwood Senior High School and Santa Maria College also received commendable mentions.

Since 2017, the school has implemented an eco canteen, held a sustainable fashion parade, gathered food scraps in compost bins for its edible garden and reduced the amount of skip bins by recycling more waste.

Blerim Ramadani (11) of Morley, Liz Ford (Principal, Hillcrest Primary School) and Kelly-Anne Stobie (11) of Bayswater, seen here at work in the school garden and with the award. Hillcrest Primary School in Bayswater won the 2018 Waste Wise School of the Year award in November. Picture: David Baylis www.communitypix.com.au d488819

Principal Liz Ford, who was recently appointed in a permanent role after acting since April, said sustainability teacher Rachael Roberts helped the school get momentum to keep on being waste-wise and came up with many cost-effective initiatives.

“It was not one little classroom doing a little thing – it was all the staff, parents and kids,” she said.

“We had the head cleaners, gardeners, teachers, education assistants, parents, School Council and the P and C at the awards because everyone had some sort of ownership of it.

“We talked about us being like a beehive and the kids are like little worker bees who let the community know what to do and how to do it.”

Ms Ford said the school was looking to reduce the amount of bottled water and sugary drinks, establish a pencil library, implement a Your Move project to encourage students to cycle or walk to school and introduce waste-free lunches next year.