IEU members and students at Northside Montessori School in Pymble are wasting no time putting their IEU Environment Grant to good use.
The small school (120 students, 30 staff) was one of four to win a grant from the IEU Environment Awards late last year.
The school received $3000 for a high school program with a strong emphasis on environmental studies, Indigenous studies, food technology, student-initiated micro businesses, art and agriculture, with integrated practical applications within all key learning areas.
Some of the grant has already been used to purchase native plants. Principal Adam Scotney said the plants selected by Year 6 students included finger lime, lemon myrtle, molucca raspberry, native tamarind, native sarsaparilla, midgen berry, native guava and chocolate lily.
Director Margaret Kroeger said: “We’re so excited to receive the grant, it’s wonderful. We want the students to create the space and own the space. We’ll put the grant to good use.”