Little Oasis is Mackenzie River
MACKENZIE River State School is a small rural school with 18 students in total ranging from prep to year seven. It is 80km north of Dingo and 37km south of Middlemount. The school is the hub of the Mackenzie River Community and known to many as a “Little Oasis”.
The P&C committee took the initiative to enrol us in the Green and Healthy School competition held across the Whitsunday Isaac Mackay region. There were 13 categories in total. We registered for all categories winning two of those categories (Resource Recovery Award and School Spirit Award) and winning the Overall Green and Healthy School in three regions.
Our school is committed to ensuring our students are in touch with learning. We have planted two vegetable gardens, started recycling not only for the school, but for the community as well - which means a recycling truck drives from Clermont to collect our bins. Our aluminium cans are delivered to Blackwater for recycling. We have a compost bin and worm farm in place as well. We also re-use all of our packaging for school resources. Students have access to recycled materials for all art and technology lessons.
We have recently been advised that we are the proud winners of a Coles Schools Garden grant and we will be holding a working bee to plant 15 new fruit trees and we are also buying a new compost bin for our school grounds.
Our principal and staff, students, P and C, and community members are very proud of our Little Oasis. This is a small school with a big heart.