Enviro Inspiro 2010! award winners being congratulated by Bernard Carlon (DECCW) and Aaron Sorenson (The Living Classroom Project).
1st Mudgee High School, Hakea Hedge ($3,000)
2nd North Sydney Girls High School, A Biodegradable Truth ($2,000)
3rd Warrawong Intensive English Centre, New Beginnings ($1,000)
Congratulations to the top three winning entries.
Enviro Inspiro! 2010 is an environmental competition for government secondary schools. It runs each year during Terms One and Two. Enviro Inspiro! is organised by the NSW Student Representative Council (SRC) using funding provided by the Department of Environment, Climate Change and Water NSW (DECCW).
Teams of students (or Student Action Teams) create a five minute DVD to showcase their successful student–led environmental projects. Entries in Enviro Inspiro! 2010 covered a range of school environment projects including:
- retrospectives of school environmental projects and achievements
- school energy saving and clean–up projects
- environmental improvement projects.
The quality and calibre of entries continues to rise each year. Entries ranged from entertaining to dramatic and humorous to underlying serious messages. The judging panel noted an overall improvement in film quality and use of special effects. All entries showed a true sense that they were student–led projects.
The winning entry from Mudgee High school showcased the efforts of a group of SRC students as they created a screen hedge to provide shelter for the special education students' playground area. Students researched the type of materials needed and investigated the most suitable placement for the trees. They gained expert advice, planned and implemented their project whilst gaining a better understanding of students with special needs. The project is a great example of students helping other students and the Hakea Hedge will provide a legacy to benefit students in future years.
Visit sustainableschools.nsw.edu.au for more information.