Wamuran State School
Wamuran Earth Protectors
We are empowering children to actively participate in caring for the environment to contribute to a sustainable future. Children of Wamuran State School have an opportunity to be acknowledged and rewarded as an Official Wamuran Earth Protector. Each year, students receive an OFFICIAL WAMURAN EARTH PROTECTOR stamp booklet. Throughout the school year, they can have their booklet stamped by achieving specific 'Earth Actions' such as: School & Community involvement for CUAD, Planting trees at the school and within the community on National Tree Day, Participating in Nude Food Days and National Recycling Week initiatives, Student Competitions • Home sustainability projects...and more. The stamp booklet is a great motivator for implementing Sustainability Action Processes. Our new Team of Wamuran Earth Protector's student ambassadors are working very hard to keep the kids and teachers motivated to reducing their environmental impact. See our video on YouTube called "Dare Mighty Things":
Everyone at our school has an important role to play in reducing the quantity of waste that gets buried into landfills. To raise awareness and educate the school community, we signed up with our Council's School Waste Minimisation Program. Extensive Waste Audits are conducted 2 times each month to ensure students develop positive waste minimisation behaviours. The audits provides useful data of what is happening now. Future audits will ensure improvements continue to reduce our school’s waste and impact on the environment. We've introduced a 'Waste Warriors' project at the school to get kids excited about waste! Being a Waste Warrior means they can collect stamps in their booklet any day of the year. Children can borrow the Waste Warrior Bucket at school during break times and pick up litter within the school grounds. The whole school recently became Waste Warriors for their amazing School Clean Up on CUAD Once a month we run Nude Food Days. The Wamuran Earth Protector student ambassadors check the lunch boxes of the students and help them to come up with ideas for creating a Nude Lunch. We look forward to sharing our School’s waste minimisation strategies and goals with community members through our Wamuran Earth Protector's News Report. See our Video on YouTube called <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0j7kAokmdKo">"Dare Mighty Things"</a>
Last year on National Tree Day, our school planted 44 native species to create a wildlife corridor along our school fence line. Native bushes were planted to provide habitat and food for our local wildlife, insects and soil microbes. In 2017, we will continue to plant to build onto this wildlife corridor and this time there will be bush tucker food planted for the kids to eat as well. On National Tree Day we have a whole school event occurring. Even the Kindy across the road is invited to participate (future Earth Protectors!) Workshops will run all day with Tree Planting, Silkworm workshop, Organic restaurateurs, Mangrove workshops, bird/possum box building, Geckos Wildlife incursion and other fun activities. We have made a wonderful community connection with IKEA See our Video on YouTube called <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0j7kAokmdKo">"Dare Mighty Things"</a>
As part of our “Official Wamuran Earth Protector” stamp booklet, we provide the children with opportunities to collect extra stamps throughout the year by implementing energy smart initiatives at home and at school. We have classroom competitions and student competitions each term that will have the students thinking and implementing ideas for sustainable living. See our video on YouTube called <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0j7kAokmdKo">"Dare Mighty Things"</a>
Our wildlife corridor area is bound to bring out the Wild Child in each one of our students. Within this area, we plan to establish an innovative outdoor learning environment and Nature Play areas. It’s a wonderful thing to see children involved in unstructured play and reconnecting with nature. In November we have a special presentation at our school, from Hyahno Moser, program manager of Nature Play Qld. The workshop is for parents and community members to raise awareness of the importance of reconnecting with nature and the role nature play scapes can play. We hope all teachers and families at the school will recognise this area as rich environment for learning particularly for the Sustainability cross curriculum priority. See our video on YouTube called <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0j7kAokmdKo">"Dare Mighty Things"</a>
We will create positive environmental and waste minimisation behaviours. To evaluate if this goal is successful, we will conduct regular waste audits to see where improvements can be made. We will run fun educational programs for the kids so they have the knowledge and the power to reduce their own waste; we will provide teachers with links to sites, such as Cool Australia, so that Teachers can implement sustainability into their Curriculum Lessons.
WE ARE CELEBRATING ENVIROWEEK
We are inviting the Kindy Kids from across the road to our school to participate in a fun day of puppetry "Nature Recycles, Why Can't We" and our student sustainability team will also provide some other fun Recycling activities for the young children.