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Beauty Point Public School’s Environmental Trail

Students and teachers from Beauty Point Public School played host for the third meeting of the Zero Emissions Schools Network (Mosman) earlier this month. With greater Sydney in lockdown, it had to be online but, thanks to some video magic, we still got a tour around the school’s environmental trail.

The trail takes you past the vegetable gardens, with built-in watering systems, the cosy home for stingless native bees, the worm farm and the birds and bees highway.

The BPPS Green Team was launched in 2020. They have many ideas for improving sustainability around the school. The school has a water tank and it installed solar panels in October 2020 with assistance from Solar My School. Some of the students’ favourite activities are tree planting and biodiversity initiatives such as the birds and bees highway. Last year grants from Greening Australia and Sustainable Schools have funded planting including six large trees and 150 small tubestock trees.

Students get involved in the Greening Australia Planting Day in April this year. Image: Beauty Point Public School website

The most colourful sustainability initiative is their rainbow lorikeet mural, which brightens up the playground while reducing UV reflection (pictured, main image).

Click here for the wonderful video of the school’s environmental trail: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6YvulKcypZ0

Mosman Mayor Carolyn Corrigan was impressed by BPPS’s many initiatives, saying:

“You have all achieved so much. I love what the schools are doing and proposing. Our schools and children are key to getting our community onboard and meeting our net zero target.”

There are many Mosman schools involved in the Zero Emissions Schools program, and the program won a Mosman Council community grant to continue in 2022. For more information on family friendly sustainability tips check out their website or contact Jenni Hagland, Program Leader. Interested in a school network in your area? Get in touch!