Badger Creek Primary School
Badger Creek Possums
We will be participating in various actions around the school. We will be planting natives and reestablishing our garden beds. We will be reducing waste and setting up recycling centres. We will be hosting a rubbish-free lunch challenge. We will be getting crafty with recycled art. We will be presenting energy saving ideas to community, based on our student-led energy audit. We are looking forward to going green and sharing with our community!
Students will be the leaders of change across the school and will be focusing on waste refusal and reduction across the whole school community. In each classroom, students will set up mini waste management centres complete with recycling, compost and waste components. Both students and teachers will reuse single-sided, printed paper as notepads or drawing/ideas paper. Computer printing settings will be changed to double-sided printing as a default and printing will be mindfully minimised by only printing when necessary. Compost bins in each classroom will be used for food scraps and transferred to outdoor compost bins near the Harvest Kitchen Garden. We aim to construct indoor worm farms in each level area to encourage little helpers for our veggie garden. A rubbish free lunch challenge will take place across the school, with lunch box waste collected before and during the event with results celebrated and shared.
Students, staff and families will work together with our local Landcare Group to care for our school gardens. Our Bird Bank and Wildlife Corridor will be revegetated with wildlife attracting indigenous plants. Our Bug and Butterfly Garden will be re-mulched, ready for the warmer spring and summer weather. With the help of Healesville High and Badger Creek Mens’ Shed, our Harvest Kitchen Garden will receive some new water saving raised garden beds. Students, staff and families will be involved in a general tidying of our lovely school yard. Students will be recording progress in the newsletter and on our Sustainability page on our school’s website.
Our student leaders will be presenting the findings of a student-led energy audit to the staff and school council. These students will work with the Student Representative Council to encourage each grade to switch off, shut doors and dress for the weather. They will write an article for the school newsletter to educate, inspire and challenge community to change energy use habits for the better. Our students are passionate about minimising energy use and preventing wastage. They are excited to see the monetary savings accumulate and decide where the savings could be used to benefit the school and community.
Throughout the week, staff will be taking classes outside to engage with outdoors. Nature treasure hunts, leaf rubbing collections and vista framing will be activities available during lunch times, as will outdoor dancing and construction. Photos will be included in the newsletter. Students will be reflecting on their favourite outdoor places to ‘be’ in the school ground and beyond to – visit, sit, play and relax – and will be displayed in classrooms and corridors. We will be heading out to record animals seen in our school yard with results being communicated in the newsletter and website.
A packaged lunch box contains three pieces of waste. In a year that fills a 240-litre wheelie bin. We make a lot of waste!
WE ARE CELEBRATING ENVIROWEEK
We are getting an article published in our local paper.