Hillarys: St Mark’s Anglican Community School kicking goals for sustainability with West Coast Eagles

St Mark's Anglican Community School students with the premiership cup. Photo: Martin Kennealey
St Mark's Anglican Community School students with the premiership cup. Photo: Martin Kennealey

ST Mark’s Anglican Community School has been recognised for its sustainability program just days after discussing it with the West Coast Eagles.

The Hillarys school won the United Nations Association of Australia WA (UNAAWA) Global Goals Challenge for Primary Schools for the comprehensive program at its junior school for years 2 to 5.

The program is designed to help guide students in their understanding that making small changes can help ensure the planet’s sustainability for future generations.

It includes a community garden, a focus on reducing waste by using food scraps in worm farms and recycling and taking part in events.

“The program encompasses the knowledge, skills, behaviours and dispositions that will assist students to live and work successfully in the twenty-first century,” principal Steven Davies said.

Junior school teacher and sustainability co-ordinator Tracey Toovey, principal Steven Davies and some of the students involved with the Global Goals Challenge. Photo: Martin Kennealey

“The response from our students to the program is very encouraging and it is wonderful to see them become ambassadors for change.”

The theme of “making small changes” is supported by the West Coast Eagles, who launched their Rethink Your Waste program during their premiership-winning season.

Two representatives from the Eagles, Rachel Parnaby and Zac Fitzgerald, visited St Mark’s just before the Global Goals Challenge to learn more about what the students were doing and to share some of the waste reduction projects the team is undertaking.

The visitors also brought the 2018 Premiership Cup as a treat for students.

The Global Goals Challenge recognises projects that engage students in understanding the global goals, of which there are 17 that aim to achieve three things by 2030 – tackle extreme poverty, fight inequality and injustice, and protect the planet.