St Peter’s Primary School water-wise campaign a winner
Labor Member for Bentleigh, Nick Staikos, has today awarded a community grant worth $1500 to St Peter’s Primary School in Bentleigh as part of South East Water’s Love Every Drop program.
The school will put the grant towards the installation of an aquaponics system for the classroom, delivering students with a hands-on learning experience that demonstrates the importance of ecosystems.
As part of this year’s Love Every Drop program, three grants of up to $2000 each were awarded to schools in Melbourne’s south east.
Schools were asked to choose a topic about the importance of water and create a project, campaign or engagement program around how the school community could develop awareness.
Teachers and year 6 students lead the sustainability team at the school and are planning to grow community herb and vegetable gardens with the aquaponics systems to exhibit the integral role of water in sustaining plant, animal and human life.
The team’s aim is to use classroom cooking sessions to enjoy their harvest and gain an understanding about how water sustainability is closely linked to ecological, social and economic systems.
Quotes attributable to Member for Bentleigh, Nick Staikos
“Congratulations to St Peter’s Primary School on winning a community grant for its commitment to creating awareness of this important resource.
“This is a great demonstration of how organisations can provide support for school and community-based projects that foster a collaborative approach to sustainability.”
Quotes attributable to General Manager Asset Creation, Charlie Littlefair
“Our vision is to provide healthy water for life and we’re delighted to assist St Peter’s Primary School in creating positive water behaviours through the Love Every Drop grant.
“This is a fantastic exercise for the junior school students that will gain a hands-on understanding of the importance of water to sustaining plant, animal and human life through maintaining the community herb garden and the aquaponics systems.”