Bankstown Girls High School
The whole school is getting involved in a range of Enviroweek actions.
Bankstown girls high School is joining Enviroweek celebrating our positive everyday impact for our school community and our students involvement in a number of environmental sustainability projects. Our school is working towards reducing the amount of rubbish produced by our students in our School playground and classrooms. We introduced the bin it green slip weekly vouchers to encourage students to collect their rubbish in order to receive a bin it green slip from teachers and win a weekly canteen voucher organised by our team. We also fund-raised and bought new bird-proof bins to stop birds from invading our bins. Students are reminded and encouraged every week during assembly and in the school newsletter to reduce packaging in their lunch boxes and put their rubbish in the bins provided. Our team is also involved in recycling by monthly collecting papers from all faculties and front office using special recycling bins to be sent to the collection big bin for recycling . Year 12 information and technology students designed this year a digital dual recycling bins system to encourage students to recycle cans, bottles and papers and have a chance to win a price by entering their digital code using the internet. They also designed travel bags made from soft drink bottles and other recyclable items to ensure these products are reused to make useful products. This invention might hopefully reduce the number of empty plastic bottles chucked everyday in the field. The whole school is working towards reducing, reusing and recycling.
Our team established the garden around the hall area to increase the amount of green areas around the school. We are watering, weeding and planting new shrubs and trees to provide shade and increase the amount of oxygen in the air. On Friday, the 28th July, our school celebrated the School Tree Day. Our team weeded and planted new trees and native plants in the garden and other areas around the school. We added potting mixture and fertilizer to help the plants to grow. Our aim is to work outdoor and develop healthy habits While working in the nature and creating a beautiful environment. We participated in the bring back the bush planting event to learn more about the planting process and improve our knowledge about bush plants and native animals. We are also looking after our worm farm by feeding the worms weekly with scraps of fruits and vegetables collected from the canteen and students. The worm juice collected from the worm farm is used as a fertilizer on our vegetable garden bed. The team is also working on encouraging all students to join us to work outdoors and celebrate the positive environmental actions by delivering speeches during school assembly, advertising in the BUZZ school newsletter and displaying posters around the school.From now to September 17th we are joining Enviroweek by watering the garden, removing dead leaves and creating our online profile to share ideas with other schools.
We realized that the School is spending more money on electrical energy than on computers and textbooks combined. We designed save energy stickers which are pasted near every single power point in the school. We also displayed posters to encourage students to turn the light off when is not needed. Students and staff are working towards saving electricity every day by switching power and electronic devices off when not needed. year 9 Steam project is aiming at encouraging students and staff to save energy and work towards a sustainable environment.By simply switching off big energy users and stepping outside the classroom we are helping save valuable resources, reduce greenhouse gas emissions and save money! Our team are working outside and switching off the light in a number of lessons to save energy and at the same time develop a healthy habit to enjoy the fresh air and get enough vitamin D to protect us from diseases.
We are creating a relaxing and beautiful garden around the hall area for students to sit and enjoy the sun and the natural light. We are still working on improving the outdoor areas around the school to make it more enjoyable for students to use during recess, lunch or before school. Students may using these areas for studying or simply chatting in groups in the beautiful sunny and shady environment. While celebrating Enviroweek, Our team is also working on creating a new green area behind the art rooms to add lovely green environment for art students to use while composing their artwork. During the School Tree Day, we will be working on these areas for students to enjoy while working or during their recess or lunch breaks.Teachers are also running outdoor activities such as jump up rope for heart day, basketball play during recess and lunch, gardening days, creating vegetable garden in information technology classrooms to encourage students to be active while enjoying been out in the nature. Environmental students are also participating in Bring back the bush project with Hoxton park bush rangers. They actively participated in planting a large number of native trees in the bush and learnt about Australian plant and animal species.
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 making a video to share on our profile with our community. Please watch it!