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Prince Harry and Meghan Markle meet with young sustainability leaders

Students from Albert Park Primary School (APPS) have had the opportunity to meet with Prince Harry and Meghan Markle to share their learnings as Grade 6 Sustainability Leaders.

As part of the Victorian Government’s ResourceSmart Schools Program, Albert Park Primary School has completed the energy and waste modules and is currently completing the biodiversity module, to certify their focus on sustainable actions in school and in their broader community.

APPS enables student leadership in sustainability through their Sustainability Leaders program, where 10 students each year are responsible for sustainability actions in their school, including completing waste and biodiversity audits, working in the school garden with garden volunteers, speaking at assembly on sustainability, advocating about waste management to politicians, and teaching younger students about composting and recycling.

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Harry & Meghan meeting with APPS Sustainability Leaders. | Source: David Crossing/AAP

Albert Park Primary School is a longtime participant in the EcoCentre flagship leadership program Tomorrow’s Leaders for Sustainability, supported for local schools by City of Port Phillip. The Sustainability Leaders have worked with Port Phillip EcoCentre teachers and scientists to determine locations for installing nesting tubes in the school grounds and engage with younger students on penguin monitoring projects in St Kilda Pier. These students have also had the responsibility of delivering Kids Teaching Kids workshops at the EcoCentre’s School Sustainability Festival, Victoria’s longest running school sustainability event.

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Harry & Meghan with APPS Sustainability Leaders and EcoCentre Educator of many years, Andrea. | Source: Rachael Dexter/The Age

APPS is demonstrating how sustainability can be effectively integrated into the school curriculum for students of all ages, and we commend them on their effort in embedding sustainability in their actions and becoming a leader in this field. Congratulations to the APPS Sustainability Leaders - we look forward to seeing how you continue to advocate for sustainability in the future!

Click here to read more about Sustainability at APPS.

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The EcoCentre acknowledges the Yalukut Weelam clan of the Boon Wurrung language group, traditional owners of the land on which we are located. We pay respects to their Elders past and present, and extend that respect to other Aboriginal and elder members of our multicultural community.

We proudly work in partnership with Arweet Carolyn Briggs and the Boon Wurrung Foundation.