Payne Road State School
Our environment club students will be running an Environment and sustainability workshop for students leaders from surrounding schools based on the Enviro week characters.
As part of our Cleaner Greener schools action plan we have a litter free lunch once a week. Each grade divides their lunch litter into compostable material, for our compost bins and worm farms, recyclable materials and left over waste. All remaining waste is collected, weighed and recorded before being disposed of. The grade with the lowest amount of non-recyclable waste over a term is treated to a pizza lunch made from our garden produce and cooked in our wood fired Pizza oven (build by our students). We have calculated that if we had litter free lunches everyday of the school year we would reduce our waste by over one tonne per year.
Every student in our school was involved in National tree day this year. We engaged with local council and landcare group (SOWN) to source and plant over 150 trees on our school grounds. We also planted over one hundred seeds and plant cuttings to support our live maze project. Our live maze project is designed and driven by our grade three students to increase our nature play and art spaces within the school and will be launched in conjunction with Queensland's Arbor day. Our Year five students have been involved in a creek clean up project. They have cleared litter from our local creek, performed water quality testing, reporting results on an international monitoring site and lobbied the local shopping centre to reduce plastic bag use.
Kicking off on Earth Hour we are running a Switch off and Save Campaign to reduce energy consumption. Environment club students promoted the concept to staff and students through assembly presentations and monitor unnecessary energy use in classrooms during break periods. Results are reported back to the school community through the newsletter and assemblies. Energy savings will be calculated later in the year.