Tackling the big issue at little Karangi
By ANN-MARIE BEATTIE
KARANGI Public School may be small in size but that hasn't stopped them tackling the big issues or winning the big awards.
The school of less than 100 students is this week celebrating winning the prestigious Tom Harvey Award for Citizenship for its commitment to the environment.
Announced as part of Monday's Commonwealth Day celebrations, the award is named after the late inaugural chairman of the Australian Youth Trust to recognise the outstanding work of young Australians in development work in Australia and in developing countries.
This year's award kept with the Commonwealth Day theme of 'the environment our future'.
Karangi is the first school to receive the statewide award, which is usually given to an individual.
"The whole school is extremely proud, especially as we are the only school to have received it," principal Kathy Puddey said.
"It was also a complete surprise. We didn't know that we had even been nominated until we got the call on Friday telling us we had won."
Vice president of the Commonwealth Day Council of NSW, Janet Stewart, said Karangi Public provided a wonderful example for all NSW schools.
"What the school has done in terms of environment work is fantastic and deserves recognition," Ms Stewart said.
"They received the award not only for the many initiatives they have put in place or work they have done, but because of how they have gone about it and how they involved all the students."
As part of the award Karangi Public School received a plaque and $1000 which will go towards ongoing environmental projects.