Year Five students from Perth suburbs are set to represent WA after winning the Woolworths Junior Landcare Team title at the Western Australian Landcare Awards.
The mini-eco warriors from Churchlands Primary School scooped the top prize at a ceremony held at Mindarie’s The Marina.
Judges were impressed by efforts on school grounds including the planting and cultivating of native species and the development of a litter collection campaign where students can submit litter for ‘eco-cash’ and ice-cream rewards.
Students have also collected batteries and in 2019 have saved 50 kilos of batteries going to landfill and leaching toxins into our soil.
And the young environmental leaders participate in an annual tree planting in rural Quairading which has created a strong bond between city and country schools.
‘Churchlands students had no idea what salt affected land was all about, but by travelling to the country and seeing salt affected areas for themselves, they achieve get a greater understanding,’ said school sustainability coordinator Sheree Samsa.
The young environmental officers of Churchlands will go on to represent WA while competing for the Woolworths Junior Landcare Team title at the National Landcare Awards in 2020.
Proud sponsors Woolworths commended the school and their students on their outstanding accomplishments.
‘Churchlands Primary School environmental officers are very deserving of this recognition, and their dedication to protecting natural assets and battling against pollution is an inspiration to us all’ said Michelle Totten, State Admin Manager, Woolworths.
‘Woolworths works closely with Landcare Australia to inspire the next generation of environmental champions, and it’s wonderful to see the environmental officers of Churchlands Primary School and all other award nominees, living the Junior Landcare spirit. ‘