Tatura Primary School was recently awarded for its efforts in maintaining a sustainable schoolyard.
Students and staff were presented with the Hume Region RescourceSmart Waste School Award at an assembly on Monday last week.
Teacher Donna Crosbie said the school had been successful in reducing its waste into landfill by 33 cubic metres among several other initiatives to help the environment.
‘‘We introduced a compost into each classroom,’’ Ms Crosbie said.
‘‘We also run rubbish-free lunch days.
‘‘At the end of recess we have a song that plays to remind children to pick their rubbish up.’’
Ms Crosbie said each classroom also stuck to the three-bin system — waste, recycling and organic bins.
Principal Susanne Gill said they were presented the award by Alice Russell from Goulburn Valley Water.
Ms Crosbie said they donated some plants to the school’s sensory garden as part of their prize.
The award highlighted the efforts of the school’s EnviroKids who help to monitor and encourage sustainable practices throughout the schoolyard.
‘‘Our EnviroKids group monitors our water use, our electricity use, and they also do things like put signs up near the power points and light switches to raise awareness,’’ Ms Gill said.
‘‘It’s an ongoing effort and it’s important for them to learn early on.’’
A sign has been erected at the front of the school acknowledging its title of Hume Waste School of the Year 2017.