Sustainability at Oak Park Primary
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.
2018 – SEMESTER 1
During the first half of the year the year 3-6 students are involved in Sustainability classes. The 5/6’s this year have been asked to identify the concerns they have about the environment, research and measure the extent of the problem, then come up with an implement an action plan to do something about it, with a particular emphasis on the operations and activities of us at school (and the greater school community).
The 3/4 students have been placed in charge of the vegetable garden. They will be learning about how to maximise the nutrients in a garden to improve the quality and quantity of crops (without chemicals). Students will learn about seasonal planting and crop rotation, as well as the mini-beasts in our gardens that are beneficial for our crop growth. We hope to be able to cook with the produce and sample what we harvest.
We have created Padlets (online website) so families can keep track of what is going on in classes. Please be aware that Padlets are password protected and should only be accessed by families relevant to the grade (or in 3/4 case; year level). You can access your child’s Padlet by clicking on the appropriate link below:
Note: If you have forgotten the password to access the padlet. Please contact John Hughes