Boyanup school win something to crow about

Emily AceSouth Western Times
Boyanup Primary students Katelyn O'Hanlon and Max Jamieson.
Camera IconBoyanup Primary students Katelyn O'Hanlon and Max Jamieson. Credit: Picture: Jon Gellweiler / South Western Times

Boyanup Primary School has won the top spot in sustainability competition Switch Your Thinking in the primary school category of Young Re-inventor of the Year.

The school’s winning entry was a scarecrow made from recycled overalls, donated by a farmer, stuffed with old straw and jeans which had been transformed into planters.

The school was announced as the cream of the crop after an independent judging panel singled out its project from 136 re-inventions created by more than 350 young people across Western Australia.

Switch Your Thinking is a sustainability initiative working across 15 local governments in the Perth and Peel regions.

The award and a tailored sustainability prize pack to the value of $1000 was presented to the school in November.

Pre-primary teacher Marion Lewis, who coordinates the waste- wise garden alongside Linda Kings, said the school was “thrilled” to receive the recognition.

“It was only by pure chance I got given the information from a friend of mine who is really into recycling and re-inventing – she said ‘have a go at this’,” Ms Lewis said.

“Linda and myself stood here and said OK, well we recycle wire, we recycle pine, the slabs, concrete water pipes, of course the scarecrow and jeans – we thought ‘we have so much here’ so we entered.”

Ms Lewis said children from all age groups got their hands dirty in the garden, including to help with planting, weeding and harvesting.

“The children get to see the food cycle from garden to plate,” she said. “They also get to taste food and vegetables they wouldn’t normally access, and lot of the produce we either sell to parents or the canteen uses it.”

Produce from the garden is also distributed to the Country Women’s Association and Foodbank.

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