School marks 60 years with renewed commitment

The independent public school was opened in 1955 and music teacher Cathy Smith said environmental education had been part of the school’s curriculum since the beginning.

“We’ve continued the education process for caring for the environment,” Ms Smith said.

“I hope we keep going forward the same way we’ve been going for 60 years.

“As long as we keep it at the forefront of our minds, we can.”

Cross Curricular coach Elaine Lewis said when the school first opened, one of the first bottlebrush trees to be removed from Kings Park was transplanted at the primary school.

Dr Lewis said the school joined the Australian Sustainable Schools Initiative and had a sustainability action plan in place to reduce its carbon emissions by using solar energy, planting trees, recycling, composting and walking or cycling to school.

“We are meeting those targets,” she said. “I hope the school can continue to build on what has already been achieved.”

In conjunction with the anniversary, the school P&C opened the school’s new nature playground last Friday.

President Nigel Denis said it was a delight to see the students enjoying the new space after years of fundraising.

“Being able to mark a significant milestone of the school’s history with a brand new playground for generations to come is very rewarding,” Mr Denis said.