Grovedale West Primary School
Grovedale West Primary School – Go Gardeners
"Happy Environment Happy Life!"We grow our own veggies, cook and eat them up as well as actively strive to focus our school on contributing to a healthier planet through Tree Day, Enviro Week, Clean Up Day, Rubbish Free Lunch days and through our Inquiry Studies Projects about reducing the impact we have on the health and of our waterways and reducing our community waste. We seek to use a Kids Teaching Kids strategy to invite our parents, grandparents and the whole school to our project launch days. Kids in years three and four do all of this to assist in a hands on way to get the "Happy Environment Happy Life" message out to our school and wider community. We have researched, adopted a big idea to bring about positive changes to our waterways and then developed plans, blueprints and a variety of products to promote and persuade our audiences to change their habits. A selection so far has been a model of a spillway, a rubbish catcher for the school gate, an experiment showing the impact of oil and other household pollutants on plant growth and water and written letters to newspapers that have appeared in letter to the editor. Our veggie patch has a worm farm, active compost heap, recycled pots and uses organic practices to grow our food for the kitchen. We have made a no dig garden and harvested potatoes from it as well as preserving lots of tomatoes in recycled jars.
By having our Waste and Waterways Seminar we reached the hearts and consciousness of over 600 people in one day person to person as well as reaching many more through our persuasive letters and media coverage.
WE ARE CELEBRATING ENVIROWEEK
Rubbish Free Lunch day, messages and photos on our Blog and a Wonder Walk around our school to notice all of the incredible nature and lessening the impact on it through the many Environmental strategies we have implemented. It will be similar to a Spotto Walk or Follow the Treasure Map activity where everyone can follow the clues to find:_ the water tanks, the natural stone filter, the veggie patch and the compost heap to name but a few.