The Loreto Normanhurst Green Team
The whole school is getting involved in a range of Enviroweek actions.
This year, the Green team have had a particular focus on bringing to the fore the importance of reducing waste and each girl considering their individual impact on the environment. Following from last year’s focus, we have reinstituted low waste Wednesdays, where girls are asked to consider the packaging and waste used in their everyday lunches and recesses. In addition, as the amount of waste left by students was brought to the fore, the Green Team took action, completing a week long collection of litter from the playground and presenting it where it was visible to students. We have also introduced Mobile Muster collection points around the school, and raising awareness of the locations of these boxes will be a specific focus of this year's Enviroweek for the Loreto Green Team. During Enviroweek, we are holding a House competition to see which house can collect the most mobile phones! We are also holding a cake stall in which old mobile phones or old batteries may be exchanged for a cake.
Launched on Snug as a Bug in a Rug Day, we are conducting a 'Pansy Project'-- holding a competition between houses as to which house has the greenest thumb, judging the growth of the pansy and teamwork demonstrated since planting on Snug as a Bug in a rug day on the 17th August. The Sustainability Committee, made up of the Principal, Deputy Principal, Dean of Mission, Maintenance team and student representatives are also discussing the possibilities of planting a veggie patch or edible garden in the future to promote commitments to ecological awareness. On the 7th of September (the day before Enviroweek begins) Loreto is also going to be having a speaker from OzHarvest visit the school, emphasising the importance of considering the impact of food waste, particularly as a school with a Boarding component, and the necessity of appreciating wonky veg in order to reduce our impact on the environment.
As a Green Team, during the year, events such as Snug as a bug in a rug day and Earth Hour have provided opportunities for girls to reinforce the importance of powering down. On Snug as a bug in a rug day, all girls wore mufti to school, to ensure they were snug, meaning that the use of heaters was unnecessary, and students attempted to reduce their energy consumption. Moreover, for one hour during the week of Earth Hour during one class of the day, teachers were asked to turn off all lights, heaters and go old school with a technology free lesson, reducing energy consumption and further powering down. As a school, decisions made by development such as the installation of Solar panels last year, allow for us to power down more fully as our solar array has the capability of saving 153 tonnes of CO2 from entering our atmosphere annually. The school is also looking at conducting a further energy audit to determine what further actions may be taken to ensure Loreto Normanhurst is powering down to its fullest capacity.
Organised principally by the staff in the Learning Resource Centre, during Enviroweek, Loreto Normanhurst is going to enjoy a natural sanctuary, featuring hanging and standing terrariums, and written sections of Laudato Si . Furthermore, a number of members of Green team will also be drawing on the windows in the LRC, drawing attention to Environmental issues in society, the value of the natural Environment and the activities we are hosting throughout Enviroweek. Girls from Green Team will also be doing some chalk drawing in outdoor spaces around the school, emphasising the activities and events of Enviroweek. but also the benefits of vitamin D, and the repose and positive mental health outcomes afforded by being outside. Extending upon Waste Warrior, we are also moving outside during the week of Enviroweek, participating in daily emu parades, with lunchtimes ending 5 minutes early to allow girls to ensure that all rubbish is collected at the end of each lunchtime.
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 coming together to celebrate the actions and initiatives we have undertaken so far this year. Green team is leading the school in order to reduce waste, recycle, educate and further encourage an environmentally conscious culture within the school.