Sustainability at Oak Park Primary
WELCOME TO SUSTAINABILITY IN 2020
Hello to all new and returning families! Here’s a quick rundown of recent happenings in relation to our Sustainability program and upcoming events:
There are two important Sustainability-based events coming up in Term 1. These are Clean Up Australia Day on Friday 28th February and Earth Hour on Friday 27th March. Students and staff will be involved in events recognising the important messages of these days.
In Term 2 we will be hosting the regional Resource Smart Schools event. This will give us the chance to show off the many great things we do at the school in relation to Sustainability.
We will soon be installing bird, bat and possum boxes as part of our biodiversity action plan, as well as making improvements to our frog pond area. Bird baths are also being installed as part of the action plan related to our Bird In Schools work of 2019.
SUSTAINABILITY – WHAT’S IT ALL ABOUT?
Sustainability is about maintaining what we have on Earth, in terms of natural resources, biodiversity (animal and plant life) and environments. In simple terms, these are the general goals of the program:
To keep awareness going throughout the school, throughout the year, we observe in take part in special events to coincide with the following events:
The graduating class plant a ‘legacy planting’ each year, that leaves a lasting reminder of their attendance. On top of this, students monitor the school in terms of energy use, rubbish free lunches and composting and provide awards each week to high achieving classes. These are announced at assembly. We also have grades looking after our chickens and watering our vegetable gardens. At lunchtimes, students are regularly able to spend time with the chickens, work in the gardens and sample produce. We also have a market stall most Fridays where we sell produce from our garden, including eggs from the chickens.
Sustainability covers many aspects of the curriculum, with strong emphasis on Science, Civics and Citizenship and Ethical Capabilities.
Term 2 - 2020
In Sustainability, the 3/4 students have been looking at Aboriginal culture, specifically, the way Aboriginal people have managed the land. We have been researching the seasons as identified by the local Wurundjeri people. Students were asked to research how the Wurundjeri people identify the seasons, based on what is going on in nature. This was a fantastic example of the work we did. Maya not only captured all the right information, but added some great pictures to help illustrate the seasons. This was a marvellous piece of work and I thought I would share it with the community to show exactly what our students are capable of. Well done Maya!
Please click here to see Maya's work.
Remote Learning Term 3 2020
Please find attached PDF document with all the activities for remote learning for Term 3.
One of the challenge activities during remote learning for Foundation-2 was to use adjectives and colours to create a new species of frog and draw what it would look like based on its description. Leo’s work was outstanding – so many different frogs with some super adjectives used. I thought I’d share it with you all. Good on you Leo!
For anyone interested in frogs, we are heading towards the time of the year you are most likely to hear them call. At the Moonee Ponds Creek there have been several frog species identified; including the endangered Growling Grass Frog. If you are interested, install the Frog Census app on your phone or iPad and this gives you the chance to learn about local frogs, identify frogs by their appearance and call, and record and report frog sightings/hearings for analysis by scientists. The idea is to track the presence of frogs in Melbourne’s waterways, as frogs are particularly sensitive to environmental pollution and are therefore a good measure of how healthy or polluted a waterway is. Might give you something to do over the holidays!