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Keyneton Primary School wins the Premier’s Community Service Schools Award

Keyneton Primary School wins the Premier’s Community Service Schools Award

The Rotary Club of the Barossa nominated Keyneton Primary School for the prestigious award, the Premier’s Community Service Schools Award, and an entry was submitted outlining the school’s ongoing commitment to protecting and imporving the environment.

On October 9, Principal Catherine Hull attended the Premier’s Presentation Luncheon for finalists at the Glenelg Golf Course where Keyneton Primary School was awarded Equal Winner with Thebarton Senior College. The school was presented with a certificate and cheque for $500.

Keyneton Primary School students, staff and parents have an ongoing commitment to protecting and improving the environment and take part in a number of activities in the local community every year. 

Four of the school’s Year 7 students are Young Environmental Leaders. Once a term they travel to various places within their council area to join students from other Mid Murray schools to learn about the environment and sustainability with education staff from Natural Resources SA. When they come back to school they pass on their knowledge to the rest of the students by leading a range of hands-on learning activities.

Once a term the Year 4 – 7 students test the water in the local Somme River and learn about the importance of optimal levels of nitrates, phosphates, turbidity and salinity. They learn how different farming practices can affect these levels, so the next generation of farmers is already learning how to protect and improve our environment.

In March the school participates in “Clean Up Australia Day” and although they are no longer permitted to clean up along the roads, in the past they have collected rubbish from the roadside and at the Keyneton Park, and also take the opportunity to spruce up the school yard, chicken coop, pond and gardens.  

 For the full story see this week’s edition of The Leader.