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Sustaining the Vision A Whole School Approach Katrina Wootton and Ann Wuth
Introduction Holy Spirit School in Townsville has developed a whole-school approach to ecological education which integrates the Australian Curriculum cross curriculum priority of Sustainability. This workshop will consider: an ecological vision; curriculum: teaching and learning; management of school resources; networking: partnerships and community involvement and management of school grounds
Australian Curriculum – Cross Curricula Priorities: Are you feeling like this? ?
Discussion • • Introduce yourself Name a challenge regarding incorporating sustainability? Suggest a positive about embedding sustainability into the curriculum? What are you hoping to gain from this workshop?
Who are we? Holy Spirit School Principal: Mr. Paul Lucas
HSS PROFILE Holy Spirit School is a large P-7 Catholic Primary School. Current enrolment is approaching 900 students. 5 Year 5 Classes in 2013 4 Streams at each year level. 3 Curriculum Developers 2 Teachers for Students with Special Needs 1 Guidance Counsellor 3 Learning Support Teachers 1 Digital technology Teacher 1 Librarian 24 Special Needs Students 66 Students with Individual Learning Plans
What children say “We shouldn’t waste water. ” “We need to look after the animals. ” “Children want to walk but they can't because of the cars. ” “Everyone should learn how to care for the environment. ” “People shouldn’t leave litter around. Everyone should recycle their stuff. ”
What is an ecological vision? Holy Spirit School strategy aims to encourage teachers and students to take on board the principles of sustainable development in their everyday work, achieving educational excellence alongside the goals of: healthy living environmental awareness community participation global citizenship
How do we enact our Ecological Vision? Holy Spirit School: is guided by the principles of sustainable development is an efficient school – consuming less energy, water and materials and producing less waste aims to improve the local environment helps students to learn about sustainability both in the classroom and from real life experiences.
Healthy Habitats for Schools From bush tucker gardens and yarning circles, to frog ponds and seedling nurseries, Healthy Habitat for Schools has been working with the leaders of tomorrow to improve biodiversity in school grounds whilst also educating staff, students and parents about natural resource management. NQ Dry Tropics has operated the Healthy Habitat for Schools program for a number of years, providing support, resources, training and a lot of elbow grease to schools in the Burdekin Dry Tropics region. NQ Dry Tropics is proud to see the schools now calling on their newfound knowledge and skills to develop their own biodiversity projects. Find out more at www. nqdrytropics. com. au Acknowledgement: Paul Wuth Background music: Autumn Day, Cipher, Easy lemon, Happy Bee, Inner Light, Reunited, Wallpaper, Sunshine Category Education Licence Standard You. Tube Licence
The eight doorways Energy and water Buildings and grounds Purchasing and waste Food and drink Global dimension Local well being Inclusion and participation Travel and traffic
Curriculum: teaching and learning 1 Curriculum Organisation 2 Planning 3 Assessment/Moderation/Reporting 4 Putting it all Together
HSS Curriculum Planning Prep Unit Year 2 Year 4 Year 3 Year 6
Management of school resources Employ the “Four R’s” v. Reduce v. Reuse v. Refuse v. Recycle
Reduce and Reuse Reduce use of single use and disposable products e. g. instead of buying bottled water, take a bottle with you from home. Buy in bulk to reduce the packaging you collect. Choose concentrated products or refillable containers. . When buying fruit and vegetables, pop them straight into the trolley rather than plastic bags. Repairing household items can be a great way to reduce waste and save money. Find innovative ways to re-use old bags, containers, building materials and clothing. Give unwanted clothes, household items, or furniture to family or friends, or charities. Washed takeaway containers make good stackable containers for frozen food. If you don't read advertising mail, put a sign on your letterbox. Wash glass jars and use them again to store buttons and nails. Plan your meals to use items before they go out of date. Compost your food scraps or use them in a worm farm. Use small plastic bags to wrap wet and smelly rubbish or to pick up after your pet.
Refuse and Recycle Plastic bags - take your own shopping bags, baskets or use a cardboard box if at the fruit shop When you buy recycled products, you are saving resources and reducing the impacts of pollution. Don't buy disposable or single-use items, instead buy durable reusable goods See if appliances and furniture can be repaired instead of replaced. Bottled water - always carry your own reusable water bottle and refill it with free tap water Find out what drop-off and recycling facilities are available in your local area. Don't buy items in containers that cannot be recycled. Buy products not packaging - avoid overpackaged items at the store. Look for products that use recycled materials or are recyclable. This way you'll know that you're helping to keep useful materials and metals out of landfill. Recycle unwanted plastic bags at your supermarket, or give them to charity stores who may use them
Networking: partnerships and community involvement Yamini Trail
Management of school grounds The Greening of Holy Spirit School Year of Grace - Taking Climate Change Seriously 2013 Classroom Activities: • Music Maureen - Herb garden or. . Sue - Musical gardens • LOTE - Herb garden (Italian) • • Learning Enrichment- Side garden • • Library - Sr Stephen’s Rose Garden • • Prep - Holy Spirit Happy Hens
Management of school grounds • Yr 1 • Yr 2 - Flower pots and cement pipes outside rooms - Paper re-cyclers 1 D - Butterfly Garden - Worm Farm - Composting Bin - Lizard Garden / Dinosaur Garden • Yr 3 - Sensory Garden and wheelbarrow gardens - Chess sets • Yr 4 - Vegie Plots and flowers (near Year 4 rooms)
Management of school grounds Yr 5 - Vegie Plots and flowers (near Tuckshop) - Carbon Kids - School footprint Yr 6 - Vegie Plots - Green House - Class gardens outside rooms - Japanese garden Yr 7 - Battery re-cycling - Mobile Muster - Class Gardens outside rooms - Lynch Family Hall gardens • Curriculum Team - Green and Healthy Schools Accreditation • Busy Bees- World Tree Day - World Environment Week activities - Homer
Our School’s Ecological Pathway
Resources and tools Carbon Kids Reef Ed Teaching Units Environmental Education (NSW) Qld Sustainable Schools Catholic Earthcare Australia On Holy Ground Sustainability Education Sustainability Curriculum Framework Pinterest: Sustainability for the Australian Curriculum
Discussion • List 3 things from this presentation that you could take back to your school