CLEANING UP: Emiley Nixon, Patrick Coleman, William Green and Tahleyah Fullagar with their newly attained Green Flag.
CLEANING UP: Emiley Nixon, Patrick Coleman, William Green and Tahleyah Fullagar with their newly attained Green Flag. Meg Gannon

Bell State School earns national award for sustainability

A LITTLE passion for the environment has taken Bell State School students to big places.

The 97 students and teaching staff have been recognised on a national level, just one of two schools in Australia to achieve outstanding results in maintaining an eco-friendly school environment, winning the Green Flag in the national Eco-Schools program.

Each student has been involved in making their school eco-friendly and sustainable by starting their own worm farm and simply flicking off lights as they leave the room.

The prestigious award was only attained by one other school in the country.

Bell State School principal Jason Edmonstone said the most heartwarming aspect of winning the award was seeing his pupils throw everything into the project.

"It's not a chore for them,” Mr Edmonstone said.

"You can see they're fully engaged with each task that they're doing. "You can just see it in their manner.”

Cam McKenzie presented the Eco-Schools committee with their own Green Flag in a ceremony this week, and praised the pupils for their efforts in promoting a "sustainable” school environment. Teacher aide Vicki McGuire jumped on board with the program late last year and has been impressed by her pupils.

"They're our next generation and if we still want to have an Earth - a clean Earth - we have to start doing some work about it,” Mrs McGuire said.

"It's very important that the students and the younger generation know how to keep our Earth cleaner and what do do for the environment.”



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