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Community Leaders presented at the Victorian Principals Conference

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Community Leaders with the Minister of Education James Merlino 18th November 2016

 

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MINISTER OF EDUCATION JAMES MERLINO COMMENTS ON WINTERS FLAT PS

WINTERS FLAT PRIMARY SCHOOL

attended the

PREMIER’S SUSTAINABILITY AWARDS 2016

at the Plaza Ballroom as finalists in the EDUCATION category and we…

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WON THE EDUCATION AWARD,

plus the

PREMIER’S RECOGNITION AWARD.

AN AMAZING ACHIEVEMENT! CONGRATULATIONS TO EVERYONE!

The Premier’s Recognition Award:

This award is made to one of the winners of the ten award categories which, in the Premier’s opinion, showcases exemplary innovation in sustainability, and has shown particular leadership and determination in overcoming obstacles. 

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Education Sustainability Award:

For the development and delivery of educational programs and institutional practices that address and contribute to a more sustainable Victoria for current and future generations.

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Winters Flat Primary School – Winner of the Premier’s Recognition Award with Lily D’Ambrosio MP Minster for Energy, Environment and Climate Change

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Lily D’Ambrosio MP Minster for Energy, Environment and Climate Change, Vera Lubczenko Director from Sustainability Victoria
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Education Sustainability Award

 WINTERS FLAT PRIMARY SCHOOL

has won the

PARKS VICTORIA ENVIRONMENTAL SUSTAINABILITY AWARD…CONGRATULATIONS!

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Winters Flat PS and Community Leaders in Action 2016

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  • Community Waste Posters (pls see more under Connection to Community)
  • Community Day – Student designed BirdScape
  • La Trobe University visit (pls see more under Student Leadership)
  • Parents Victoria Conference – What’s great in the Education State (pls see more under Student Leadership)
  • Local school tours
  • Momentum Energy Web page competition (pls see more under Projects)

STUDENT LEADERS PRESENT AT VICTORIAN PRINCIPAL’S CONFERENCE

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CASTLEMAINE NORTH SCHOOL

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MOMENTUM ENERGY WEB PAGE COMPETITION

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(pls see more under Projects)

COMMUNITY WASTE POSTERS made with Mt Alexander Shire Council and Winters Flat PS Community Leaders

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LA TROBE UNIVERSITY VISITS WFPS

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Parents Victoria Conference

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Winters Flat Primary School Valonia Oaks Planting Day 2016

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A few facts about the Valonia Oaks:

Oak plants and acorns were imported from Turkey in wooden boxes with glass lids by George Cunnack in 1879. George owned the tannery that was where our oval is now.

·         Acorn caps were used in the tanning process and replace wattle bark which was nearly extinct in the area.

·         The oaks were planted in 1879 which makes the three remaining trees 136 years old!

·         Cunnack’s Valonia Oak Plantation was the first planting of Valonia Oaks in Australia.

·         In 1893 they produced their first acorns which were spread around the country.

COMMUNITY DAY 2016

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Video Clip of WFPS Community Day 2016

(please see link above for footage of Winters Flat PS Community Day 2016)

WFPS Win News feature – Community Day 2016

(please see link above for Winters Flat PS Community Day 2016 on Win News 2016)

Bendigo Advertiser WFPS feature article on Community Day 2016

(please see above link for Winters Flat PS feature article in Bendigo Advertiser 2016

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WINTERS FLAT PRIMARY SCHOOL IN ACTION 2015

WINTERS FLAT PRIMARY SCHOOL IS FEATURED IN THE AEU NEWS

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WINTERS FLAT PRIMARY SCHOOL IS FEATURED IN THE SHIRE NEWS

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WINTERS FLAT PRIMARY SCHOOL has now reached 5 STARS – NOVEMBER 2015!

VERY EXCITING NEWS AND CONGRATULATIONS TO OUR WHOLE SCHOOL COMMUNITY…

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5STARS

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RESOURCESMART 2015 AWARD WINNERS HAVE BEEN ANNOUNCED

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(pls see above link for WFPS on Win News  – ResourceSmart school of the Year 2015)

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WINNER – RESOURCESMART SCHOOL OF THE YEAR – Winters Flat Primary School, Castlemaine.

WINNER – RESOURCESMART WASTE SCHOOL OF THE YEAR – Winters Flat Primary School, Castlemaine

WINNER – RESOUCESMART ENERGY SCHOOL OF THE YEAR -Winters Flat Primary School,Castlemaine

WINNER – RESOURCESMART TEACHER OF THE YEAR – Jeanette McMahon, Winters Flat Primary School, Castlemaine

CONGRATULATIONS TO THE WHOLE SCHOOL COMMUNITY ON ALL YOUR HARD WORK!

WINTERS FLAT PS FEATURED IN THE BENDIGO ADVERTISER 2015

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WINTERS FLAT 5 STAR CERTIFICATION

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Simon from Sustainability Victoria is coming on Friday 11th Sept to assess our 5 Star Certification. Simon will be shown around the school by the Community Leaders, talk to other students, teachers, parents and staff. He will be looking at all the wonderful programs we have implemented and are working on. Good Luck Winters Flat Primary School!

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SUSTAINABILITY ASSEMBLY with members from our local community

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SCHOOL UPDATE August 2015

Winters Flat Primary School achieved their FIRST STAR in December 2014. We are now getting certified for 3 STARS and fast approaching 5 STARS.


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We are entering the ResourceSmart School Awards in all categories – Waste, Water, Energy, Biodiversity, Student Led Action Team, Community  Leadership and Teacher. Good luck Winters Flat!

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The Student Leadership Program – Community Leaders have made some amazing achievements this year. Thanks for all your hard work, passion and commitment. The future is in very good hands. Please see our Student Leadership tab for more details.

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Background Information
In term 1, Winters Flat Primary School signed up to a program called ‘ResourceSmart‘. In 2011, the Victorian Government committed $8.305 million over four years to build on the existing ResourceSmart AuSSI Vic Framework. ResourceSmart is a framework that is embedded into a school’s culture, which promotes and supports Sustainability. Winters Flat Primary School is working towards achieving ‘5 STAR Sustainability Certification’. We will achieve this by completing 5 modules covering – Water, Energy, Waste, Biodiversity and Leadership.
All parents were invited to support us, and a group of teachers and parents have formed together and have been meeting monthly. The group was introduced to the whole school at Assembly on Monday, 5th of August. We are making pleasing progress with some really important conversations taking place. All classes will be involved with students driving all programs/activities.

For an overview of our goals towards achieving 5 STAR Sustainability, follow the link to view Winters Flat PS’ Strategic Environment Management Plan:
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Winters Flat Sustainability Group – Timeline of our Journey
Click on the link below to read about all the ideas, projects and changes that have been achieved by the Winters Flat community since starting on the road towards 5 Star Sustainability Certification…
Winters Flat Sustainability Group-Timeline of our Journey

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What’s your Ecological Footprint?
The EPA has a great website that allows households to calculate their ecological footprint – that is, the impact they leave upon the earth and its resources just by their day-to-day lifestyles. This colourful, interactive program is a worthwhile activity to do with the whole family. Using the link below, take the time to sit down together and watch as your choice of car, home, etc are converted into black balloons and football ovals, to name a few, in an easy-to-understand explanation of our lasting effect on our planet.
http://www.epa.vic.gov.au/ecologicalfootprint/

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Jeanette calculated the ecological footprint of Winters Flat Primary School, which provides both an interesting eye-opener and a concrete goal for the Sustainability Group and all of us at Winters Flat to work towards changing.
Follow the link: Winters Flat Primary School’s Ecological Footprint

A very special thank you to Denise for all her help in setting up the Winters Flat Sustainability wordpress website!

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