Sustainability

Follow us here as we learn more about caring for our environment and working towards a more sustainable future and our fifth star from Sustainability Victoria ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

During the year the children at St Joseph's germinate, transplant, maintain, harvest and finally cook, sell and sample some of the produce grown and collected on the school grounds.This way,

the children get to see and be part of 'story' behind the recipes!


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                      Harvesting our corn crop  



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Preparing our harvested onions for fried rice



The Green Team: energy and recycling

Our Enthusiastic Green Team consists of children from Grades Three and Four who regularly monitor the recycling and energy usage within the classrooms. The children separate their rubbish into 4 separate bins; one for flexible plastics, one for paper, one for compost and another that must unfortunately go to landfill. This happens on Wednesday afternoons at 3.20. Reminders are left on charts displayed at the front of the rooms if improvement is required or a Golden Bin is awarded to those classrooms “recycling right”  It's a team effort!


Flexible plastics are those that can easily be scrunched.They can be collected at home and taken to Coles and Woolworths for recycling! Those who are unable to do this can place their soft plastics in an apple crate that isemptied once a month by Red Recycling.


 
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                        Golden bin awards 



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                     3 recycling bins outside

 

  

Nude Food

St Joseph’s aims to reduce the amount of waste it sends to landfill and encourage families to recycle at home. All children need to bring lunch to school without wrappers.

 

Water Usage

The students at St Joseph’s are taught about the importance water.

The Water Wizards [children in grades 1 and 2] make sure our plants get this overflow water on days when the temperature exceeds 23 degrees .

Signs are around the school inside and out to remind the students to “save water”

 

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                Saving water signs                                  Water wizards

 

 

Biodiversity

The students monitor and become familiar with the indigenous plants around the school as well as helping to plant occasionally at local reserves. The children monitor the biodiversity around the school and have increased habitat opportunities for local wildlife by making boxes for indigenous micro-bats and birds and creating new areas with indigenous plants for an array of local wildlife, big and small.


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          Nesting boxes for birds and micro-bats

 

 

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    Indigenous garden beside tennis courts


Grade 6 Environmental Group [Rotated each term!] and Dolphin Ambassadors

Our Grade six students look after our chickens, recycling outside and in the staffroom.They facilitate a “snuggle at snack time” on Wednesdays for those wanting to get up close to our feathered friends.

Our Dolphin Ambassadors have an important role in our community: to spread the news about Port Phillip Bay’s wonderful biodiversity and to encourage everyone to “ Take three to save the Sea”. They did an amazing job at the Easter fair in 2017!

                                                      

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         “Snuggle at snack time” with our chickens



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         2017 Dolphin Ambassadors at sea!



Learning story: Dolphin Ambassadors

 

In late March 2017, our 4 Dolphin Ambassadors, set up a stall at our Easter Fair to raise awareness in our local community about the rubbish that can enter our unique Port Philip Bay[particularly plastics] and affect creatures that mistake it for food.

Creatures in the Bay as small as ants are affected, as this plastic breaks up into micro- plastics as time goes on. Then of cause it spreads right through the food chain. Creatures no longer feel hungry when their stomachs are full of plastic and eventually die.

Our students spread their news about “Taking three to save the sea”, an initiative set up to encourage people to pick up three bits of rubbish and bin them on beaches all around the world!

 

The group took turns to man the stall for the day and spread their wisdom.


 


They also encouraged everyone to guess some of the creatures in our Bay from a large sheet of examples. Some where actually dried specimens and others were pictures. Creatures on display ranged from a real weedy sea dragon[dried], port Jackson shark eggs, cow fish, sea urchins and cuttlefish cartilage.

The person with the most correct answers won a dolphin ambassadors pack, kindly donated by “ I see I care program”

Included in the prize were various posters on sea creatures in the Bay, stickers, vouchers and a dolphin money box!

 

An example of some rubbish was displayed on the table in the shape of a fish, highlighting the fact that rubbish comes in all shapes and sizes and the importance of preventing this litter entering our Bay, causing damage and death to it’s creatures.