Coledale Public School
Coledale Public School Year 3-6
We will be growing and eating our own food.
Class 4/5 G are our composters. They are responsible for collecting the schools food scraps and feed them to our hungry worms, any remaining scraps are placed in our active waste compost bins. We also produce a large compost each tern, using the garden scraps and manures. This compost is then used in our organic garden. Our whole school recycles everything that is possible. Class 5/6J are responsible for collecting and then organising collection of the recycled materials. We have just started adding our shredded paper to our compost, so cutting down on the transportation of materials, lowering our global footstep. Class 4/5G have just recently conducted a water audit of the school, we are looking at ways we can save water. Soon we we will be conducting a waste audit, with the whole school participating in a nude lunch.
We have a fantastic large organic vegetable and fruit garden, which students from year 3-6 maintain and care for. The stage 1 students also visit at different times through out the year. Through out each term the students come out into this living classroom and learn all about sustainability and how to care for and maintain an organic garden. During enviroweek students will be actively maintaining and caring for our garden, starting to re build the no dig garden beds again, build a new compost and planting new seedling. Students will harvest the fresh vegetables from the garden and use these to cook delicious, nutritious food which they will enjoy eating with their friends.
Students are very aware of the importance of turning lights off when they are not needed eg when leaving classroom. They appropriately use electricity and only use it when necessary eg turn computers off when not using, open windows allowing students to enjoy our fresh, cool ocean air instead of air conditioning all the time.
We have two lovely outdoor living classroom areas. One is in the organic garden under the mulberry trees and the other one is in the frog pond area, near our indigenous garden area. These seating area are often used for a quiet spot to come outside and learn. We aim to bring reading and learning out into this area. They are also used for drama, mathematics and we often use technology in these areas too. During our garden lesson students from year 3-6 have the opportunity to explore and actively engage in our outdoor living classrooms. They participate in climate watch activities: monitoring insects found in the garden, biodiversity activities as well as actively maintaining and caring for the garden and the living things that have taken residency in there, including the frog ponds and worm farms. The students just love it when they find the large frogs hiding in the garden beds.
Eating locally grown food or food from our garden is good for us and the environment. It’s fresh, ripe and doesn’t need to travel.
WE ARE CELEBRATING ENVIROWEEK
We are cooking fresh food from our garden.