Bannister Creek Primary School
Bannister Creek PS Enviro Warriors
The whole school is getting involved in a range of Enviroweek actions.
WE ARE ALL Waste Warriors at Bannister Creek Primary School! We take ACTION to reduce our waste, save water and energy so that we reduce our FOOTPRINT on our precious planet. BIN IT: This year, the students introduced a program aimed at recycling all food scraps, paper and cardboard. Once a term, the Enviro Warriors conduct a waste audit. Every classroom has a bin that collects food scraps during Crunch and Sip time, recess and lunch. The Science Captains and Enviro Warriors coordinate and supervise the students of each rostered class to collect the food scraps from every classroom and take them to the worm farms, chicken coop and compost bins. We even have a bin that collects all batteries which is sent to Battery World for disposal or recycling. We also have a Terracycle box that collects oral care waste, such as toothbrushes. WASTE FREE LUNCHES: This year the P&C requested BCPS to have a school-wide Wrap-Free Wednesday (instead of just the Year Ones which had Wrap-Free Wednesday in 2015). So, every Wednesday students bring food in recyclable containers so that we reduce our waste. During Enviroweek, World Environment Day, Keep Australia Beautiful Week and Clean Schools Day, Bannister Creek PS has also whole school wrap-free day.
We are ALL involved in the running and maintenance of the native garden, sustainable garden, worm farm, chicken coop and Aquaponics tank. Enviro Warriors help the school gardener to maintain a native garden inside the school grounds. The students cleared the Snake Bush garden and planted native and wastewise plants. During the Schools Tree Day, students, teachers and other Staff joined the South East Regional Centre of Urban Landcare (SERCUL) and Bannister Catchment Group in planting seedlings along the banks of Bannister Creek waterways. BCPS has regenerated bush land along Bannister Creek as part of its Adopt-a-Corner initiative. The students have attended incursions on Aboriginal Seasons and Bush Tucker. They have planted some bush tucker seedlings and are in the initial stages of creating an Aboriginal Seasons and Bush Tucker Garden. Some Aboriginal students and their families have adopted bush tucker seedlings which will be planted in the site. The students and their families have ‘ownership’ of the plants for life.
The school has an energy watch team where members have attended incursions on understanding and saving energy. It is embedded in the curriculum and in the BCPS Waste Wise Program. Our classroom lights are on an automatic timer, so they can never stay on for TOO long. The Year Five and Six students even made posters to remind us to turn off any lights, computers, heaters and air conditioning.
We have a special outdoor classroom! We learn best when we are allowed to smell fresh air, hear the local wildlife and feel the sun on our skin. We are a TravelSmart school. We have tried to reduce our carbon footprint by having 'Walk-to-School Wednesdays' EVERY Wednesday...no matter the weather! The school initiated the Walking Bus and now the P&C and parents have continued the system. To ease parking congestion at school car parks and to encourage parents to save energy, the parents drop the students at ‘Kiss & Drop Zones’ near the school and designated parents walk these children to school. Lunch Clubs have been formed and Student Councilors ran programs where students enjoy gardening, dancing, singing, performing, drawing, litter collection, sports and acting. As part of end of term reward program, the school has hired the ‘Bouncy Castle’. In Phys Ed classes, besides being involved in regular sporting activities e.g. Sports Faction Carnival, Basketball, Winter Carnival, students have attended special sports sessions and training ran by visiting instructors and trainers. The P&C regularly organises Discos. We even have a Disco during Enviroweek, on Friday 16th September!
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
Holding a whole school (students, teachers and parents) nude food picnic