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Innovative sustainability practices at school fair

SUSTAINABILITY was key at the Lenah Valley Primary School biennial twilight fair recently, where fairgoers were introduced to sustainable products and recycling methods.

The fair introduced themes of sustainability and community, which was popular with all fair participants and attendees.

Sustainability measures were considered at every level of planning and the greater community was involved in the event, not just the students and their immediate families.

Fair coordinator Katie Ennis said she was overwhelmed with the generosity of the community.

“With donations from many members of the school community, we have raised funds so the school can continue building a bush classroom,” she said.

“This was a great result not only for the students, but for the teachers and the wider school community.”

Mrs Ennis said local businesses had received hand-written letters from grade five students asking them to support the twilight fair.

“Lenah Valley Primary School always welcomes support from the community and the fair is a wonderful way to raise money for the school,” she said.

Multiple stalls at the fair supported the sustainability theme, including sales of beeswax sandwich wraps and fabric reusable bags.

One vendor sold local, sustainable honey and shared tips on how to encourage a thriving bee population in Tasmania.

The school’s eco-team were assisted in rubbish collection and thoughtful disposal at the multiple recycling centres on site.

Lenah Valley Primary School principal Jennifer Poynter said sustainability was central to the school curriculum and students had been learning about the environment and how to make sustainable choices appropriately.

“The fair is a highlight in the school calendar and it was a great success this year,” she said.

“There was lots of food, entertainment and games for all ages, including the school’s zero to four year Launching into Learning activities.

“I would like to extend thanks to the community and our team of hardworking parents who came together to make the fair possible.”

Caption: Participants at this year’s Lenah Valley Primary School twilight fair, which had a focus on sustainability and recycling.