With the help of Pittwater Council staff and the Coastal Environment Centre, Newport Public School will host its first ever Eco-Day, designed to stimulate the interest of its 800 students in the local environment. 

The Eco-Day will take place between 9.30am and 3pm on Wednesday 14 November at the school in Stuart Street, Newport. The Eco-Day is designed to help the school develop an environmental management plan to cover sustainability, water conservation, waste reduction and increasing biodiversity. This is now a requirement of the NSW Department of Education for public schools. Students will be involved in activities ranging from testing water quality, learning more about Pittwater’s native animals with some live exhibits, how wildlife corridors work and waste reduction using worm farms and composting.

According to organisers from the Council and the Coastal Environment Centre at Narrabeen, all the activities are designed to be hands-on so students get a better understanding of impacts on the local environment. Sharon Kinisson from the Coastal Environment Centre said the aims of the Eco-Day tied in with the increased emphasis in the primary school curriculum on issues such as sustainability. “It’s an opportunity for the Council to explain the work we do at the Centre and for the school to get advice on preparing an action plan to help protect the school’s environment,” she said.  

Contact: Sharon Kinisson or Ben Tyacke, Coastal Environment Centre Ph: 9970 6905