Cranbourne West Primary School
Cranbourne West Planeteers
Our environment extends to outside our homes. We have a responsibility to take care of the earth and educate our students about the importance of Sustainability and what that involves.
At the beginning of term 3, we implemented a waste/recycling program at our school to help educate the children about Sustainability and its importance. The children were not aware of the amount of waste they were creating and did not understand the importance of recycling. So we discussed this and with the help of the students created a program which has seen 4 different types of bins put into place. Black Bins: General waste Light Blue Bin: paper and cardboard recycling Red Bin: Compost Dark Blue Bin: plastic bottle, prima and container recycling Along with the implementation of the these 4 bin types, there are posters placed above them with information regarding the bin types. We have also created a compost heap in our garden to teach the children about composting and how it helps our environment. The children are doing a fantastic job and we are very proud of them.
Throughout term 3, as a part of our Specialist program, the children have been heavily involved in reinvigorating the school yard and gardens. The students have been working very hard to improve the look and quality of our gardens. Our school follows the LBD structure and as term 3 is heavily based around Sustainability, we have been teaching the kids a lot about how to plant and grow seeds, seedlings and trees. We have also been teaching how to take care of the environment and discussing how we damage the earth everyday with the choices we make. Every one of our 570 students by the end of term 3, will have planted a tree, played a part in designing a garden, participated in mulching a garden and been a part of watering and maintaining our plants. I will soon attach some photos of our progress this year in the photo section below. We are continually looking at ways to improve our schools environment and we are very happy with our progress so far this year.
Our school participates in the Resourcemart program and uploads bills around our energy usage every month. We are currently in the process of updating our core module and completing more and more actions to make our school as environment friendly as possible. We also take part in the SWEP program and are situated quite well in terms of electricity in Victoria. We are sitting 2nd out of 85 participating schools in Victoria. At each school assembly every week, I have students come up on stage and give a weekly sustainability update around our Electricity and water usage. The students are responding to this very well and we have only improved since raising awareness on the topic. I also give the students a fun facts each week around Sustainability to increase the emphasis on limiting energy usage.
The program that my colleague and I have been running this term, is primarily based outside. the kids have been involved in reinvigorating the gardens around the school learning how to take care of our environment. Every one of our 570 students has planted a seed and grown it into a seedling to be planted and/or planted a plant of some sort around the school. They have also been learning about mulching and its importance in the lifecycle of a plant. Furthermore, we have been playing social competency games outside in the yard and tying these games in with how our footsteps affect the environment. The kids love being outside and have really enjoyed learning about the environment this term.
We are planting around 500 plants in our school to make our environment healthier and teach the students about eco-logical balance
WE ARE CELEBRATING ENVIROWEEK
Not only are we planting trees and other plants, we are having a "Green Day". The children bring a gold coin to donate and they come dressed totally in green. All money raised is going to our garden program so we can continue to make it look beautiful.