A Sustainable School
In school we continue the momentum from recent climate change gatherings by mobilising our students and community at large to come up with ways we can live more sustainably. Through these actions we hope to counter the dramatic effects of climate change our world has just begun to experience. Any such plan must include reducing the effects of wider pollution, especially waste from plastics.
Following Friday’s worldwide Climate Strike, our High School initiated a Global Action Week, which our Head of High School, Mr Roo, described in last week’s Newsletter. There were lots of great activities throughout the week focused on raising awareness about what each of us can do. I know the High School Student Sustainability Group will continue their work with the whole school community to help us operate in a more environmentally sustainable way.
Last Friday at our Primary School campus, we commenced the day with a Sustainability Assembly. Our student ECOBeast presenters issued a clarion call to the whole school community about making a difference and continually striving to be a more sustainable school throughout this year. This lead really well into Mr Jon, our Primary Science Coordinator, setting out what was going to be happening during Science Week across the Primary School and his challenge for everyone to be involved in at least one sustainable science activity. These projects are proceeding well across the school and also have the added benefit of being great fun for all students involved.
On Monday 7th October our school hosted, for the second year running, our EcoBeasts Sustainability Day. We had student groups from 20 other international schools who came to our school to collaborate and present their projects for making their school more sustainable and reducing plastic and other waste. The day included workshops conducted by a wide range of eco-friendly businesses that collect and recycle waste materials. They also promoted more organic ways of farming and encouraged the use of packaging that is not plastic based. These workshops were followed by a great ECOBeasts Sustainability and Wellness Market in which our whole school community could come and purchase products produced along sustainable lines. It certainly was both eye opening and very interesting to see what was available across a wide range of products whose purchase and use does not cause damage to the local and global environment.