The world is a better place, thanks to Cromwell Primary School.
A ceremony was held at the school last week acknowledging the work of its Enviroschools’ team, which has finally hit gold.
Hard work and determination meant the school now has a green-gold award awards.
Principal Wendy Brooks was proud of the school’s achievement, which had been 11 years in the making as it moved through the ranks from bronze, which it achieved in 2014.
Projects included a vegetable garden, native plants to attract more bird life, recycling system, community pantry, composting and education about sustainability, to name a few.
While the green-gold award recognised the many achievements and projects the Enviroschools team had accomplished over the years, it did not mean all the hard work was over.
“It keeps you on track that you are not only sustaining the practices you’ve introduced, but looking for the next step all the time.”
The award function, hosted at the school last Wednesday, was attended by Enviroschools representatives from around the country, who were given a guided tour of the school and its many initiatives.
Food was shared on the day, much of which was made fresh from the school’s garden.
Achieving green-gold status was no easy feat, Mrs Brooks said.
“I think for us the toughest part is probably around coping with a growing school.”
That meant thinking about the future, including taking into account where any new buildings might go when planning a garden.
“We don’t want to do a whole lot of work and then have to shift stuff because we’ve got growth.”
Mrs Brooks said support from the entire school community, including teachers, the cleaner, caretaker and parents, was among the secrets to the school’s success.
However, the children had led the way.
“We feel like it really is that because . in the wider community, it’s the children that are going to carry that message [of sustainability].”
The aim was to find opportunities for the children to “drive” projects.
They were now working towards establishing a Junior Guardians of Lake Dunstan group.
They hoped to adopt an area of the lake, which would be within walking distance of the school, to act as an outdoor living classroom.
Mrs Brooks said the proposal could include information panels and QR codes for people to scan using their phones to learn more about the environment.
Enviroschools facilitator Anna Robinson said the school could be proud of its success as it was the only one in the district to achieve green gold status in recent years.