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It was a ‘wet and wild’ World Earth Festival on Friday 3 March. When the skies opened, staff and volunteers flipped into Plan B, rearranging the entire layout to bring everything under cover. But the rain didn’t dampen spirits as we had great fun raising money to fund recycling bins for the classroom.

This year’s Festival theme was ‘Reuse & Recycle’. A HUGE THANKS to our AMAZING volunteers on the day who worked under very challenging conditions. Also thank you to EVERYONE who came, gave their kids money to spend, and donated items such as clothing, uniforms, music items, books, stationery, cakes etc.

This year we hit a record. It was our biggest secondhand Clothes and Uniform Swap/Sale EVER. 400 clothes and accessories, plus 200 uniforms were snapped up for just $1-$10. The school office donated surplus uniforms, and the surprise of the day was the resurgence in popularity of the NHSPA red vest! (NB Due to the huge success of the secondhand uniform Swap/Sale, another one is planned for later in the year so hang onto your outgrown uniforms). The secondhand Music / Reuse / Book stall also proved popular with festival goers carefully sifting through stacks looking for that special something. The Cake Stall, laden with over 200 delicious treats (in biodegradable boxes), sold out.

We enjoyed a terrific BBQ - sustainable beef and pork sausages (Feather & Bone), vegetarian sausages (Susie Spoon’s Vegetarian Butcher) and vegan falafels…all washed down with fresh juices, vegan chai tea, ‘Tippy Tea’ iced tea, and ‘The Little Marionette’ coffee. Thank you to all our suppliers and special thanks to The Little Marionette for providing Barista Paul for the day, and for donating the Barista Training Course prize. Other generous companies helping us out on the day were Coates Hire in Camperdown (who loaned us a generator) and other Prize and gift card donors - Well Spotted T-Shirts, Vintage Cafe in Enmore Road, Cuckoo Calley in Newtown, and Eastern Flair in Newtown.

Big thanks to our Festival guests Reverse Garbage and The Green Living Centre. Next time you’re at school, check out the beautiful Reverse Garbage art installation made from plastic bottle tops. Well done NHSPA collecting hundreds of tops in just two weeks. The Green Living Centre talked about sustainability, gave away herb seeds, and collected gently used stationery for Second Life Stationery to pass onto families in need.

Prior to the Festival we had WEF Tote Bag Design Competition. The winners were Eleanor Oppen-Riley (Year 11) and Jack Thorn (Year 12). All 50 bags sold out. Thank you to the Environmental team for organising, and students Ari Kwasner-Catsi, Mungo McGregor, Nina Bayndrian and Magnolia Minton- Sparke for spending their Saturday screen printing.

Being an ‘environment festival’ we did our best to minimise waste. Cardboard, glass and metal was recycled; left over clothing, CDs and books were donated to The Salvation Army; left over food went to The Asylum Seekers Centre at Newtown, and food waste feed the worms and compost at Newtown Public School.

It takes a huge team and school community support to make World Earth Festival a success. Special thanks to students from the Environmental Committee; teacher Hannah Hindmarsh; parents Katherine Hynes, Anna Nettheim, Natanya Shearer-Stanton, Dennis Dumlao and Briony Magoffin; Head teacher of Music Chris Miller; and Dave Ferguson. Congratulations on World Earth Festival 2017. Can’t wait to do it all again next year… minus the rain !



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