St Kilda Primary School are celebrating the news that they have just been awarded a 5 Star school rating from Sustainability Victoria. They are the first school in Port Phillip to achieve the honour and only the 50th in the whole of Australia.
They started the ResourceSmart Schools program in 2012 and it has taken a lot of commitment from the entire school community to get to this point. Two key decisions in achieving the outcome, was to embed sustainability into their curriculum and employ a dedicated Sustainability Co-ordinator, Anabel Herr.
Anabel said, "We're all very proud of the achievement, it's been a long journey and a great team effort and we all feel very proud that we've got this far. I would like to specifically thank our Principal, Sue Higgins and Vice Principal, Jo O'Malley . To achieve a result like this you need the backing of the leadership team and that's exactly what's happened here".
As a result of their work on the program, the school has reduced their operating costs by over $100,000, improved their environmental outcomes and created life-long learners in the process.
Learn more about their approach to sustainability here. The future is certainly bright with schools like them around!