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Albuera Street Primary leading the way in sustainability

ALBUERA Street Primary prep student Ella Bridges-Thomsen says that sustainability is about taking only what you need.

This is a lesson the students of Albuera Street Primary School are teaching the wider Hobart community through their Science and Sustainability program.

The Albuera Street Green Team, led by the grade 5/6DP class, was recently awarded the Outstanding Class Achievement Award at the Green Lane Diary National Awards and grade five student Angus McMahon won the Outstanding Individual Achievement Award.

The awards recognised the work of Angus and his class in promoting environmental responsibility and healthy living.

“We are very excited to receive awards but what brings us so much joy is seeing real connections being made by our students and their environment and the relationships formed when cooking, gardening, creating a workshop for our Sustainability Fair or partaking in hands-on learning,” Albuera Street Primary science and sustainability coordinator Michelle De Paoli said.

“Sustainability has not only become embedded in our school curriculum but in the culture of Albuera Street,” she said.

“From kindergarten we have worked with students to understand the importance of being environmentally responsible so in grade six, it becomes second nature.

“When Nick McKim MP visited our school and asked which classes form the Green Team our delightful students answered that although the 5/6 classes are our leaders, the whole school is part of Green Team.

“It is that willingness to work together to help each other and the environment which makes us feel like we have won the lottery.”

Albuera Street Primary School’s ‘Picasso cow’, Almoora, was recently named the grand champion at a ceremony run by Dairy Australia as part of the Farm to Plate curriculum program.

The program aims to educate primary school students about the Australian dairy industry and the health and nutrition benefits of dairy foods.

Primary schools across Australia were provided with blank, life-size fibreglass cows to paint and decorate in line with either the Unbeatable Bones, Fuel for Life or Farm to Plate themes.

“Every student at Albuera Street entered a design for Almoora and the top three were combined as the final product,” Mrs De Paoli said.

“Every single student contributed to beautiful Almoora, whether it was the design or actually painting her. She tells the story of the journey of milk from the dairy cows to our meals.”

Albuera Street Primary recently hosted its third Target Kids Teaching Kids Science and Sustainability Fair to showcase its sustainability program. Students from Dunalley, Lansdowne Crescent and Princes Street Primary also participated in the event.

“Phoebe, Jack and I hosted a stall at the fair after planting around 400 delicious broad beans with our visitors and it was really good,” Angus McMahon said.

During November, both grade 5/6 classes hosted healthy cooking competitions based on the MasterChef structure.

“Last term our class was split into three teams, red, blue and green and we were challenged to make healthy food that included dairy,” Angus said.

“We named it ‘Moosterchef’ and the teams made macaroni cheese, cheesy volcano buns, pumpkin soup topped with sour cream and lots of other yummy things.

“The other class judged our teams and this week will judge theirs, they have to make food which includes fresh fruit or vegetables. That competition is called ‘Fruisterchef’.”

Albuera Street Primary School is a part of the Move Well Eat Well government initiative and was the only school in the state to attain the gold accreditation for its healthy canteen on its first application.

The grade 3/4 class recently attended the annual Kids 4 Kids Sustainability conference.

Three hundred and fifty students from 13 government, Catholic and independent schools ran workshops and activities for other students during the conference.

Education and Skills Minister Nick McKim said the conference showed the great focus Hobart schools have on sustainability.

“This year’s theme was Future Makers, not Future Takers and focuses on simple measures to help make our community more sustainable,” he said.

“Whether it is protecting humanity from dangerous climate change, trying to use our natural resources sustainability so they last into the future, or embracing the need to re-use and recycle – there is so much enthusiasm and goodwill among our youngest citizens.”

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