OUR ACTION

Promotion of Nude Foods~ Diamond Hills has continued to encourage Nude Food, this year Families received an article on our facebook page explaining why Nude food is important and ways in which it can be achieved. In late 2015, the decision was made that all families would receive an acritical explaining about nude food and given the opportunity to purchase reusable food and drink containers as part of the orientation package, this will continue in late 2016 for the following years Finding Alternatives to Hard Rubbish We have continued with our table tub system where children are encouraged to separate their disposable packaging and left over food into 4 separate tubs (recycling, red cycle, hard rubbish and food scraps). Food scraps are placed in our compost bins and worm farm and other waste is disposed in the appropriate council bins. The children now also do what is known as the “scrunch test” if they can scrunch it and it reforms its original shape then the rubbish can go in the red cycle tube. Our families were provided with information regarding red cycle and how they can achieve this in their homes we are also very excited that our local council Nillumbik is developing a system so Red cycle items can be picked up from the communities home in there recycling bins!

OUR ACTION

~Vegetable Garden~ At Diamond Hills we have our own vegetable patch throughout the year the children have helped with the whole process of growing the veggies from seedlings to matured vegetables, each group has taken turns watering and caring for the plants and when harvest time comes the children then use the Vegetables in cooking activities and for feeding our many animals Diamond Hills currently have two compost bins and a large worm farm, During lunch/ snack time each table is given sorting tubs blue for hard rubbish, red for red cycle and white for compost items each child must sort their own food items into these three tubs, In addition to this we have 6 white waste buckets which are sent to different families weekly each bucket has little information pockets on the side to inform the families about what food scraps they can send back to kinder to help feed our worms. This is a fantastic way for families to be educated on composting and allows them to help make a difference in our community

OUR ACTION

Creating our own Energy In 2015 our Local Environmental Sustainability Officer from Nillumbik Shire Council installed a  6kw Solar Panel system to the Kindergarten, Since then Diamond Hills has been able to create 8,030 watt hours of clean energy produced since the installation, which is the equivalent of planting 142 Trees! Meditation One of the ways Diamond Hills continues to switch off throughout the week is through Meditation, All the Lights in the room are switched off each child find a space on the floor away from one another, this helps our children learn to relax and switch off from all distractions.</span>

OUR ACTION

Mud Patch Diamond Hills mud patch allows the children to develop sensory play and creativity within children, Our mud patch has its very own mud kitchen which was made with donated pallets and a repurposed sink from the local recycle center, the water used In the mud patch is only allowed from the water tank and the children can only use so many buckets of water per day so they have an understanding that they can not be wasteful of water Riverbed Diamond hills has created a rock riverbed surrounded by native plants and shaded by a tree this is a fantastic space for children to develop water play. The water itself is collect through the kinder's water tank and the river has it's own re-pumping system so no water is wasted Climbing tree's At Diamond Hills we have many trees however a favourite amongst the children is the tree that shades the sand pit the children are always climbing and jumping down from the tree's long branch, This allows the children to risk asses and develop fantastic self sense and wellbeing

OUR IMPACT

By teaching our children how to protect and respect their environment at a young age, we are setting them up for a better future!

WE ARE CELEBRATING ENVIROWEEK

We are being reminded about all our environmental initiatives and their importance in classes all week long. Later on, we will also have a nude food day.