Sustainability champions in school-wide effort

These clever students received an energy efficient light bulb to continue their great work at school in the home environment –  Indiana Curtain, Hamish McCord, Bella Kamaric, Bella Daly, Declan McCarthy, Zoey Smith, Charli Gill, Thomas Forrest, Levi Muir, Heath Rose, Grace Mathews, Grace Pearson, Amarni Sharman and Cleopatra Cowen)

St Paul’s Primary School is kicking some big sustainability goals, highlighted during a recent visit from Brighton Council staff.

They have environmental champions across the school, from the principal who is involved in organic waste recycling and teachers introducing new waste stream collection points to collect and recycle food waste, to students volunteering to conduct plastic recycling.

During the visit, Grade Two and Six students participated enthusiastically in a range of activities from how to reduce energy bills through to wise energy use and waste reduction ideas around the school and home.

Ms Donna Wolff’s Grade Six class seemed particularly clued up on how wise waste and energy resource use reduces our impact on the environment by reducing harmful emissions that contribute to global warming. They also enjoyed running a micro hydro turbine to generate electricity.

Ms Tashina Wolff’s Grade Two class were incredibly enthusiastic and enjoyed hearing frog calls as well as seeing pictures of the local sea eagles, Eastern barred bandicoots, spotted tail quolls, the masked owl, and skinks.

To help young people get used to new ways of recycling waste and to undertake climate action, Brighton Council is collaborating with schools and developing educational resources they can incorporate into their learning.

Brighton Council’s goal is a wastewise, environment and climate change program for schools, and providing information on sustainability initiatives, including questions on the recently introduced Food Organics Garden Organics (FOGO) kerbside bin service and classroom material.

Darcy Wilson from Grade Two is pictured here identifying real life eucalypt leaves with a EucaFlip booklet.

For more information, please contact wastewise@brighton. tas.gov.au or 0447 833 507, environment@brighton.tas.gov. au or alison.johnson@brighton. tas.gov.au on 6268 7048 or for Brighton Council’s sustainability programs visit www.brighton.tas.gov.au

A big thanks to the students and staff at St Paul’s Primary School for sharing their initiative and easy ideas on how to create a more sustainable future for years to come.