Mildura Weekly : Friday October 14 Vol 10 No 49
22 NEWS MILDURA WEEKLY FRIDAY, OCTOBER 14, 2016 • WINNING WAYS: Mildura West students Chloe Tonkin, 12, and Amber King ,11, are proud to be ResourceSmart finalists. MILDURA West Primary School has been named a finalist as part of the 2016 ResourceSmart School Awards. ResourceSmart is considered Victoria’s largest sustainability awards program, and recognises Victorian schools, early childhood services, and students and teachers implementing measures to reduce their environmental footprint. It is an initiative of Sustainabil- ity Victoria. Mildura West has been rec- ognised in the Student-led Action Team of the Year Primary category following efforts to spread aware- ness of the need to conserve water and energy, reduce waste and in- crease biodiversity. To do this, students teach and mentor others in the school and the wider community about sus- tainability. The team promoted recycling using milk bottles for a furniture program – leading to the construc- tion of a special Christmas tree – while also encouraging kerbside recycling for the whole school. The highlight of the school’s entry was the development of the Lake Ranfurly Birds and Plants App – available on iTunes. The app includes Familiarisa- tion Tours to highlight bird and plant species located at Lake Ran- furly, while giving students a con- nection with the area they are pro- moting. “Developing an app was co- created with the students as a way to engage them in authentic learn- ing,” Mildura West Primary School science and environment co-or- dinator, Marion Vorwerk said. “It captured the biodiversity of Lake Ranfurly using digital technology to motivate students. “Sourcing mentors and hav- ing them available on the learn- ing journey helped to clarify stu- dent understandings, with the app readily accessible to students to explain their own personal biodi- versity learning journey.” One mentor, Steve Alden, was on hand to teach students how to draw birds, and once research was complete, students wrote po- ems with Ms Vorwerk, which were later displayed in the ‘Voices of the Children Exhibition’ at Mildura Arts Centre. Ms Vorwerk said 28 students had formed the school’s environ- mental team, focusing on issues around litter, recreational manage- ment, revegetation and biodiver- sity. She said a partnership with Mildura Rural City Council led to the development of the Lake Ranfurly Birds and Plants App, with students identifying a need for tourists visiting Lake Ranfurly to have access to certain informa- tion around the birdlife and fauna available. “Birdlife Mildura, Council and the Mallee Catchment Manage- ment Authority were all keen to work with us, with a status map provided concerning endangered plant and birdlife,” she said. Ms Vorwerk said Museums Vic- toria had also donated maps to the school, with the project develop- ing into a Statewide effort. “We had to source some local photographers to take bird shots, with photographers contacted only too happy to donate photos,” she said. Winners across all categories will be announced at an Awards Ceremony on Friday, November 11, with Sustainability Victoria chief executive officer, Stan Krpan, saying 206 entries had been re- ceived across the State. “This program has been de- livering great environmental outcomes for schools and com- munities across Victoria, and is preparing students to become fu- ture leaders in sustainability,” he said. • Continued next page Mildura West named finalist in ResourceSmart School Awards The highlight of the school’s entry was the development of the Lake Ranfurly Birds and Plants App – available on iTunes. HIGHER RATES HIGHER CHARGES HIGHER WAGES LIABILITY LACK OF TRANSPARENCY LOWER COMMUNITY SATISFACTION ECKEL, Mark POOLE, Min ARNOLD, John BOGENHUBER, Deb SEDGMEN, Gavin MODICA, Jason WAUGH, Raylee CAPOGRECO, Domenico JONES, Michael CIRILLO, Anthony WOOD, Liam JOSLYN, Jill HARRIS, Judi THORBURN, Max CISZKOWSKI, Anthony WATERS, Julie CLUTTERBUCK, Jo DENNER, Bernard J. PEART, Sharyon CUPPER, Ali MILNE, Glenn CORY, Mark DOUGLASS, Phil MacKENZIE, Walter CLEMENCE, Simon PRICE, James BROWN, Greg HEALY, Helen 11 19 25 15 16 12 9 2 13 3 14 23 21 24 10 7 8 6 27 22 28 5 1 4 18 17 26 20 ALL SQUARES MUST BE NUMBERED VOTE 1 Mildura Rural City Council Elections HOW TO VOTE PROVEN PROVEN PROVEN PROVEN PROVEN LETS NOT VOTE FOR MORE OF THE SAME Authorised by Joyce Wisneske, 40 Chaffey Avenue Mildura Victoria 3500 A VOTE FOR THE FOLLOWING CANDIDATES IS A VOTE FOR CHANGE From left to Right: Anthony Cirillo, Mark Cory, Philip Douglass, Domenico Capogreco, Walter MacKenzie. Below: Bernard Denner & Julie Waters.
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