Sale Primary School believes it has a responsibility to be a leader in the community in sustainable living through practice and education of the school community.
We participate in the ResourceSmart program, which is a Sustainability Victoria initiative for schools, centring on five modules: core, waste, water, biodiversity and energy.
A group of committed Senior School children are selected each year to form the “Garden Guerrillas” sustainability leadership group. We also have a Green Team comprising representatives from each F-4 classroom. They promote sustainable living both within and outside the school. A major focus is on composting our organic waste, using this on our gardens, growing vegetables and then learning to cook delicious, healthy food.
Waste is a growing environmental problem around the world. Increasing consumerism, and in particular, our addiction to single-use plastics and the growth of E-waste are major challenges facing us all. Behavioural change is needed for people to decrease their use valuable resources and for "waste" to be viewed as a valuable potential "resource" .
At 545 we have been working for a number of years to develop a sense of responsibility and desire to care for the planet among our school community. On-going effort and changes to practices have seen significant improvements. These include:
• Recycling bins (for paper products) in classrooms and work spaces
• Compost bins in classrooms and the staffroom which are then emptied into our 3 bin compost system
• Eating time for students before recess and lunch playtimes to allow students to eat inside
. This stops littering outside and encourages students to take wrappers, etc, home
• A decrease in the volume of rubbish being sent to landfill
• Professional Learning for teachers
• Learning through the curriculum for students, such as the Foundation "Rubbish Rangers" unit
During Sustainability Days students have participated in various activities such as:
• Writing letters to the Victorian Premier asking for plastic bags to be banned
• Participating in a rubbish sorting activity
• Watching and discussing "War on Waste"
• Enjoying an environmental art activity where they collect leaves, bark etc from the park and then create artworks from this
On Sustainability Day a Rubbish=Free Community Lunch has been a highlight. Families bring delicious picnic lunches to share and without any rubbish, the lunches tend to be less processed, home made, delicious and healthier!
The day has finished with a rubbish audit, where students measured their classroom waste and then our Green Team and Garden Guerrillas helped collect and measure all of the other rubbish in the school.
Please download a copy of our Sustainability Policy here.