SOLWAY Primary School has gone to the top of the class for its commitment to sustainability.
The Ashburton school was named Sustainable School of the Year at the Boroondara Sustainability Awards, which honoured schools for the first time for embracing environmentally responsible practices.
The awards last week attracted 21 entries from 11 schools, with Solway primary, Bialik College and Chatham primary battling for top gong after entering in three or more categories.
Having recently received a 5-Star Sustainability Certification from the state government, Solway’s practices shone above the rest. Judges praised its long-term commitment to biodiversity, waste management and community leadership.
Solway principal Julie Wilkinson said it was an exciting time for the school. “We are lucky to have parents that are very hands-on and work with teachers and students to support what we do,” she said.
The school was planning an open day to show its program to other schools, and was raising funds for more water tanks and more aquaBUBBLER drinking fountains that transfer excess water to gardens.
Boroondara mayor Jack Wegman said schools that embraced sustainability had a positive flow-on effect on the community.
“Solway Primary School has led the way when it comes to sustainability in the classroom and they thoroughly deserve the crown,” he said.
The awards were presented by sustainability advocate and host of ABC TV’s Gardening Australia, Costa Georgiadis.
TOP TEAM: Students Finn, 11, Wesley, 10, Misty, 10, Megan, 10, project co-captains Philippa, 11 and Bailey, 12, with Cr Jack Wegman, Captain Smogbuster Will Tait and Gardening Australia host Costa Georgiadis