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Actsmart Schools Awards 2020
The Actsmart Schools Sustainability Awards celebrate excellence in sustainable management of the Actsmart Schools focus areas; waste and recycling, energy, water, biodiversity and school grounds and actions to address sustainability in the curriculum.
The Awards are an opportunity for your school to recognise and celebrate contributions made by students, teachers or staff and environment teams.
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Actsmart Schools Awards Categories 2020
This category recognises individuals for outstanding leadership in school sustainability by demonstrating the spirit of the Actsmart Schools program. Recipients must demonstrate exceptional commitment to improving their school’s sustainability. Nominations can be submitted in the following categories:
- Teachers or staff members – primary and secondary
- Students – primary and secondary
- Student teams – primary and secondary
Sustainable Projects Awards
- This category recognises a school that has implemented a project in 2020 that has resulted in improvements in sustainability at the school. There are categories for primary and senior schools.
Sustainable School of the Year
This category recognises schools that have successfully improved their sustainability in 2020 through student and staff behaviour change and action. It will be awarded to a school that demonstrates excellence across the five Actsmart Schools focus areas: water, waste, energy, biodiversity and school grounds, and the integration of sustainability into the curriculum. All 5-star accredited schools are encouraged to apply.
Award winners 2020
The 2020 Actsmart Schools Sustainability Awards were announced on 1st December 2020. Congratulations to all the winners, highly commended and nominees.
Sustainability Leadership Award (Primary Student)- Joint Winners Paige Davis and Zoe Zakharoff, Aranda Primary School
Year 6 students Paige and Zoe, demonstrated leadership, initiative and commitment with the school’s student environment group, G-Force. They have taken a strong role in the establishment and development of Lids4 kids project, sorting and counting thousands of lids, organising student rosters and providing feedback to the founder and Aranda parent Tim Miller on how to improve the collection process.
Sustainability Leadership Award (Secondary Student) Imogen Simmons, Merici College
As Sustainability Captain Imogen has brought enthusiasm, commitment and drive to sustainability at Merici College. She has coordinated the Sustainability at Merici student team, run education sessions on waste, arranged a poster making session for Student Strike for Climate, led a Q&A with 2040 producer Damon Gameau and led tree planting initiatives
Sustainability Leadership Award (Teacher/Staff Primary) Ms Kelly Reeves, Kaleen Primary School
Ms Kelly Reeves has made education for sustainability a core school value and is the driving force behind sustainability success at Kaleen Primary School. Kelly’s drive and passion are unmatched, and her initiatives have been successful at Kaleen because of her ability to inspire students and teachers and ignite their passion towards improving their school’s sustainability.
Sustainability Leadership Award (Teacher/Staff Secondary) Mrs Ummehani Rangwalla, St Mary MacKillop College
Mrs Rangwalla has been a tireless advocate for sustainability at Mackillop for the past five years through mentoring and guiding students and inspiring them to take action. Her many sustainability actions include mentoring the Year 12 Sustainability Captain and nurturing the college Sustainability Group.
Sustainability Leadership Award (Student Team Primary) Eco Warriors – Gold Creek School
The Eco Warriors have worked across the school community to set up bins, and educate, inform and motivate. This has led to about a 75% reduction in recycling bin contamination and more than a 50% reduction in waste removal charges. Students have learned that creating long term sustainability outcomes is more than one off community-based events – it’s about and the decision we make and the actions we take every day.
Sustainability Leadership Award (Student Team Secondary) Sustainability and Waste Action Group (SWAG) – Dickson College
Entirely student led and organised, SWAG (Sustainability and Waste Action Group) has been leading initiatives to improve the College’s sustainability. Despite the challenges of COVID, their activities have included tree plantings on the school grounds, growing plants to sell at school events raising in excess of $300 for charities, setting up a compost collection system for the College’s hospitality area, and hosting a clothes swap to educate about fast fashion.
Sustainable Project (Primary) Kaleen Primary School – Frog Pond Community Project
The frog pond has provided ready access to a real life, hands-on learning tool that has engaged students in learning especially our students where English is an additional language, reluctant learners and students with diverse needs. The pond has also provided opportunities to extend Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander perspectives around connecting to Country.
Sustainable Project (Secondary) Calwell High School – Bike Workshop Project
To date this project has resulted in the about 30 bikes being repaired or restored and returned to the community. Working with project partners GIVIT the initial batch formed the foundation for the bike library at Margaret Hendry School. Since then, bikes have been distributed to community members through the Australian Red Cross. The project has provided many opportunities for student pride and leadership, as well as developing technical, teamwork, communication, planning and organisation skills.
Leaps and Bounds Award Theodore Primary School
This award is for a school that has made significant progress in improving the sustainability at their school in the past year. Theodore Primary School has made great inroads to the sustainability programs in a very short period due to the staff who support initiatives, the community and the enthusiasm and dedication of the students and student leaders who spread the sustainability message.
School of the Year 2020 North Ainslie Primary School
North Ainslie has demonstrated continue excellence across the Actsmart Schools focus areas of waste, energy, water, biodiversity and school grounds and curriculum. They have focussed on ensuring student involvement and action in their sustainability upgrades and commitment to consistent effort. Highlights include:
· the redevelopment of the senior oval with a water harvested and biodiverse nature scapes that includes ovals, seating, sensory gardens and natural landscapes
· the creation of Iris the Ibis, a mascot that is hosted by the class with the least amount of waste going to landfill
· student led climate change action involving students from across the school meeting to share presentations and well researched viewpoints.
Sustainability Leadership Award (Secondary student) Amelia Cox, Dickson College
Sustainability Leadership Award (Teacher/Staff Primary) Emily Howland, Bonython Primary School
Sustainability Leadership Award (Teacher/Staff Secondary) Rebecca Gill, UC SSC Lake Ginninderra
Sustainability Leadership Award (Student Team Primary) Year 2, Farrer Primary
Sustainability Leadership Award (Student Team Secondary) Student Community Group, UC SSC Lake Ginninderra
Sustainable Project (Primary) Waste Free Wednesday, Radford College and Ooshies No More, St Joseph Primary School
Sustainable Project (Secondary) Green Action Team, Canberra High School and Trash - Oceans over Plastic dress, Merici College
School of the Year 2020 Aranda Primary School / Ainslie School
Award winners 2019
The 2019 Actsmart Schools Sustainability Awards ceremony was held on 20th November 2019 at the West Lounge at GIO stadium. Congratulations to all the winners, highly commended and nominees.
Sustainable Leadership Award (Primary) – Alexander Roll of Arawang Primary School
Alexander’s enthusiasm and leadership has seen the whole school community build their awareness around sustainability. This is an amazing effort for an 8-year-old student in promoting sustainability across a community.
Sustainable Leadership Award (Secondary / College) – Thu Vu from Daramalan College
As the Environment Captain Thu has demonstrated energy and maturity as well as commitment to leading the student focus on the environment in a positive way. Thu has led include Clean-up Dara Day, a Keep Cups Drive which raised money for an environmental project in Tasmania and expanded the school's Nude Food day.
Sustainable Leadership Award (Teacher / Staff) – Rebecca Legge from Fadden Primary School
Rebecca’s efforts have driven an increased focus on sustainability at Fadden Primary School. There have been big impacts, such as the implementation of school wide recycling systems, to more subtle impacts, such as ‘Use the correct bin’ being added to Fadden’s Positive Behaviours for Learning matrix.
Sustainable Leadership Award (Teacher / Staff) – Tarun Whan from Caroline Chisholm School
Tarun Whan has worked with commitment and unwavering enthusiasm to inspire awareness of sustainability both within his classes and in extra-curricular activities.
Sustainable Leadership Team Award (Primary) – Aranda Primary's School's G-force
The G-Force leads the Aranda Primary school in all their sustainable practices. Managing a comprehensive 5-bin system across the school as well as running and promoting sustainable events such as National Tree day, Clean-Up Australia, Earth Hour, National Recycling week.
Sustainable Leadership Team Award (Secondary / College) – Caroline Chisholm School's Sustainability Squad
The Sustainability Squad strive to create positive change for sustainability. Working with Mr Taz, their achievements include the installation of an innovative real time energy monitoring system, the establishment of a Container Deposit Recycling Scheme at the canteen, and an E-waste school community drop-off centre.
Sustainable Project Award (Primary) – Red Hill Primary School has received the Project award for their Indigenous night day garden
The garden design was influenced by plans submitted by the student led Green Team and Deadly Boomerangs, in consultation with Tyronne Bell from Thunderstone and Adam Shipp from Yurbay. They designed the garden so that the students could learn about the edible plants in our region. The judges were impressed by how the whole school has celebrated and engaged with the garden.
Sustainable Project Award (Secondary / College) – St Francis Xavier's College have received the Project Award for their project 'Mission Compostable.
The Senior Science students identified composting as an area in the school which could be targeted as part of working towards sustainability. Their efforts at becoming compost experts has resulted in compost collection being trialled at the school.
School of the Year Award – Merici College
In addition to collecting recycling and organic matter at Merici College there is a ‘flick-the switch’ campaign and class monitors to manage energy use and monitoring of the school’s new solar array.
Sustainable Leadership Award (Primary) - Rebecca Price from Brindabella Christian College
Sustainable Leadership Award (Primary) - Aaron Fox from Sacred Heart Primary School
Sustainable Leadership Award (Secondary) - Juliette Straughair from St Clare's College
Sustainable Leadership Award (Secondary) - Fiona Buining from Merici College
Sustainable Leadership Team Award (Primary) - Bonython Primary Sustainability Student Leadership Team
Sustainable Leadership Team Award (Secondary) - Dickson College SWAG (Sustainability and Waste Action Group)
Sustainable Project Award (Primary) - Fadden Primary School's Upcycling Passion Projects
Sustainable Project Award (Secondary) - UC Lake Ginninderra College's Recycling Project
Sustainable School of the Year – Hawker College
Award winners 2018
Award winners from the 2018 Actsmart Schools Sustainability Awards:
Innovation Award – Fadden Primary School. As part of introducing a new recycling system the Green Team created influenced the creation of a ‘friendship club’ where students came together to collect rubbish; and the Green Market Day, an event without straws or balloons
Leadership Award Primary – Millie Cains, St Joseph’s Primary School. Millie created innovative solutions to sustainability issues. After joining the Green team, she created and led weekly bin checks, nude food reminders, Earth week and an ideas box.
Leadership Award Secondary / College – Imogen Rayner, UC Senior Secondary College Lake Ginninderra. Imogen led teams to organise Clean up Australia Day, Share the Dignity and a whole college waste audit. She also conducted a school survey to improve recycling and implement new waste management systems within her school..
Leadership Award Teacher / Staff – Alison Hicks, Arawang Primary School. Alison has led Arawang’s sustainability efforts including involvement in Ride/Walk to School, Clean-Up Australia Day, World Environment Day, Earth Hour and National Recycling Week. Alison also facilitated the student teams and has worked to embed sustainability across the school’s curriculum.
School of the Year Award – Garran Primary School. This 5 Star School continues to excel in each of the five focus areas; waste, water, energy, biodiversity/school grounds, and curriculum. Students drive initiatives through their Eco-Rangers. The entire community is involved.
Innovation Award - Farrer Primary School
Innovation Award – UC Senior Secondary College Lake Ginninderra
Leadership Award Teacher / Staff – Katheryn Elliot, Farrer Primary School
Leadership Award Teacher / Staff – Carol Quashie-Williams, Farrer Primary School
Leadership Award Secondary / College – Jack Roylance, UC Senior Secondary College Lake Ginninderra
Leadership Award Primary – Angelique Corbitt, Farrer Primary School
School of the Year Award – Aranda Primary School