Stawell Primary School students are taking a hands on approach to sustainability, with grade three and four 'ninjas' looking to make a difference.
The 'eco ninja' program was introduced to the grade three and four students this year as part of the school's sustainability curriculum, aiming to make the school more efficient.
Students have been divided into four 'ninja' groups - biodiversity, energy, waste and water.
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Each group has been tasked with finding ways to make the school more sustainable.
The energy ninjas set the goal of reducing the energy usage at the school, promoting methods such as turning lights off and keeping heaters below a certain temperature.
"We are trying to find fundraisers and do things on Facebook to help what we are doing," energy ninja Romy Moloney said.
The ninjas program is something all of the kids have really enjoyedLisa Fleming
"We can save energy by turning the lights off and letting the sun come in through the windows."
A water ninjas initiative has been setting up ice cream buckets under taps to capture water run off, then recycling it on their garden.
The biodiversity group headed out to the Ironbarks to take a look at the environment in our own region on Friday, while the waste ninjas have tackled a big issue at the school.
The group identified the significant amount of chip packets at the school as an issue and have looked into how they can try and reduce the number.
They also found a thrifty technique to extend the life cycle of whiteboard markers, attaching them to string and swinging them around to make them last longer.
"The ninjas program is something all of the kids have really enjoyed and gotten right into," Stawell Primary School teacher Lisa Fleming said.
"It is a really great Friday activity that can make a difference.
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"It is about educating them and helping them to make a change. If we can create awareness even in one person that will have that flow on effect."
The eco ninjas will be reaching out to the community for support as they continue, finding ways to make a difference.
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