Environmental Club

Christies Creek

‘We shall require a substantially new manner of thinking if mankind is to survive’.

At St John the Apostle School, we believe that through education and modelling, we can make a difference and instil a strong respect for the environment in our students as well as the wider school community.  We are challenged by Pope Francis in his World Environment Day 2013 address;

“I invite you all to reflect on the problem of the loss and the waste of food.  Let us all make the serious commitment to respect and care for creation, to be attentive to every person, to oppose the culture of wastefulness and waste, and to promote a culture of solidarity and encounter.”

The staff at St John the Apostle School have made a commitment to educate our children in Sustainability, Ecology & Environment and will implement a number of programs and initiatives to ensure our children have an increased knowledge of how we can all improve the environment in which we live.

Eco Mondays – the Mondays of non-Assembly weeks, all classes from 2 – 2.45 will engage in Eco activities.  These are class projects that will engage the students with newly created vegetable and garden areas.  We will not be limited to just these areas but will be creative in where we can grow plants.  Several class projects are aiming to sell their produce, with the money raised we will buy more seeds, soil etc.

Window Sill Challenge – all students within our region of Catholic Schools are being asked to grow some seedlings on a window sill.  I extend this challenge to your homes, and work.  Let’s see what we can grow.  Use your imagination!  Are you prepared to accept the challenge?

Rubbish Free School – this links with the theme of Reduce, Recycle and Reuse.  I was astounded back in Term 2 when we conducted our litter audit with the amount of rubbish that went to landfill that could be either reused or recycled.  Starting next Monday there will be a change to the structure of our day.

Recess will still be at the normal time but the first 10 mins will be supervised eating in the classroom.

    11.00 – 11.10  Supervised Eating

    11.10 – 11.30  Play

All rubbish that can not be composted, recycled or reused will be taken home.

Zip lock bags were one of the items identified in our Litter Audit as an area of concern.  Remember: these can be reused!

As educators one of the greatest tasks for schools is to equip children with the attitudes, values, knowledge and skills necessary to rethink and change current patterns of action and to secure healthy, just and sustainable futures for all.  As parents it is our duty to model and ensure that our children’s children have a world where they can grow and survive without dealing with the products of our mistakes.

‘We do not inherit the earth from our ancestors, we borrow it from our children’.


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