Sustainability at Chatham
Good Sustainability practices are valued by the whole Chatham School community who feel that it is important that we educate the children of today about the impact that their actions will have on the future of our planet. The message is that every little thing counts as we try to nurture the knowledge, understanding and the passion about developing good sustainable practices in our students.
We are proud of our sustainability focus, and have embedded the principles across the school, here are just a few examples:
- Recycling in all classrooms for paper, recycling of printer cartridges, mobile phones and batteries, and co-mingled skips for recycling
- Water saving initiatives, with water-saving taps, buckets under drinking taps to collect overflow for gardens
- A vegetable patch and orchard and chooks that roam the school, eat canteen and lunchbox scraps and provide eggs for the canteen and school community
- Participation in walk/ride to school initiatives, National Tree Day, World Environment Day among others
- Watertanks, solar panels and special habitat and Koori gardens
- Wash Against Waste van at our bi-annual school fair
Environmental sustainability in our curriculum
As part of our Enquiry concept approach, students are able to explore and investigate their areas of interests across a wide range of sustainable topics and practices. For example:
- The Year 6’s have recently researched, designed and created models of their ideal sustainable home.
- As part of our Japanese program we look at the sustainability practises that they have in place in Japan, especially comparing the similarities and the differences and investigating why they are different.
- Year 3’s undertook work on the use of Palm Oil, writing letters to various companies that use Palm Oil in their products and also to the Prime Minister. The Year 3’s then visited the Prep, Year 1 and Year 2 classrooms and shared the information with them as part of a mentoring project.
A whole-school approach
Our sustainable practices involve the whole school community. Here are some examples:
- Our Sustainable Committee consists of interested, enthusiastic and passionate parents and teachers. They have input into major and minor projects around the school as well as working bees and special theme days around sustainability.
- As part of our Year 6 Leadership Program we have four Environment Leaders who work across the school organising special days, running events, working around the school grounds and delivering the message of sustainability to all students.
- Our Year 6’s look after recycling, composting and rubbish collection.
- A Year 4 class works on our many gardens while other Year 4 students take it in turns to be our Waste Warriors.
- Students collect the eggs each morning, feed the chooks and herd them back into their hen house at the end of each day.
- Students empty the buckets under the drinking troughs onto garden beds and students regularly weed and pick the vegetables in our garden beds at playtimes. The students are genuinely enthusiastic and interested in making our school, our community and our world a more sustainable place to be.
For more information about our Sustainability program contact Sue Doherty via the school office.