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Waratah Public School

Waratah Public School

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Environmental Education

Waratah Students Get involved In Tree Day

July 27, 2012 NBN TELEVISION NEWS

Waratah Public School pupils were among those getting their hands dirty for National Tree Day.

71,000 students across the state escaped the classroom, to plant trees and help reduce our carbon footprint. More than a million trees were expected to be planted nationwide.

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Taking care of the environment at Waratah Public School

The projects we are running help the students to develop an understanding of what it means to live sustainable lives, to be able to reduce our footprint and become more connected to the earth. Because the students can participate in practical things that can make a difference, the process helps create a sense of purpose and power and ultimately hope. We are not just growing plants here, but environmentally aware citizens of the Earth.

Our school has an Environmental Education Plan which includes: lessons and perspectives on Environmental Education; waste recycling; worm farming ; rain water taps for flushing dual flushing toilets, planting trees in our grounds ( our students will also be planting trees in the local area as part of the  council's "Living Streets" program);  a program for the removal of "environmental vandals"( plants that are noxious weeds)  and replace them  with indigenous species; the regeneration of our gardens including rain forest gardens, and the growing of food plants.

 It is still early days in our gardening project but there is definite enthusiasm for the many "little things" that we want to see grow over time.

The students have been participating in a school gardening program. The program includes establishing the 6 vegetable plots, propagating seeds, the establishment of a citrus garden and a bush tucker garden.

Students have planted vegetable seedlings (both purchased and propagated from seed) herbs and companion flowers (to help deter pests) and strawberries and passionfruit. We have purchased some wonderful mushroom compost, hopeful that the plants will have a good start.

Because of the size of the school and nature of the grounds, the programs that we run are quite complex. Each Thursday a gardening group work on gardens and the mini green house, both in gardening time and during their lunch break.

We have parents who participate in a school gardening project, working on the gardens of the school and hold weekend working bees once a term. Parents and community members are always welcome to become of our environmental programs.

Climate Cam for schools is a program developed by the City of Newcastle to foster energy and resource efficiency within local school.

The program provides schools with access to a range of sustainability tools and resources as well as providing environmental education opportunities to students, teachers and their communities.

ClimateCam for Schools is a milestone based program designed to assist schools in using resources more efficiently, by:

  • encouraging schools to upgrade to more water and energy efficient hardware and equipment; and

  • raising awareness and encouraging behaviour change within the school community to reduce resource consumption.

The program encourages schools to work through and achieve milestones with Council's assistance. In return for achieving milestones the school receives ‘eco stars' to display on their ClimateCam plaques.

The first eight milestones include:

  1. Environmental plan

  2. Energy and water monitoring

  3. 3 star taps and bubblers

  4. Waste recycling

  5. Trees for carbon

  6. Rain water tank

  7. Dual flush toilets

  8. Smart lighting