IT may have looked like an ordinary school fete on the outside, but there was a deeper message under the surface at St Pius X Primary School yesterday.
The school hosted its first Sustainability and Outdoor Living Expo, with market stalls and activities all based around a sustainable theme.
Deputy principal Matt O’Brien said the school’s pupils had been looking at sustainability before the event and led many of the activities on offer yesterday.
“We had our grade 5/6 class building billycarts, with the majority of the materials recycled from things at home,” he said.
“Our garden club had been propagating seedlings last term and the grade 3 and 4’s collected books and magazines.
“They all formed part of the expo.
“The whole school from prep to 6 has been focusing on sustainability for the past few weeks.”
Seminars on plants, aquatics and other outdoor living ideas were also on offer, as were market stalls and children’s activities.
Co-ordinator Melisa Champness said the event was a scaled-back version of the school’s previous fund-raising events.
“Instead of going for the big thrill rides, we decided to focus on fun, family activities,” she said.
Mr O’Brien said all funds raised would go back to the school.