Sustainable school news

Evatt Primary School's Green Fair and Council's sustainability policy goes national

Evatt Primary School's Green Fair

31 March this year marked not only Earth Hour but also the 5th Evatt Primary School Environment Fair organised by the P&C and staff.

 

The Fair originated from a successful federal community grant application for water tanks in 2007. The Fair originally provided an environment expo for the school community and raised funds to supplement the government funding received. Still environmentally focused today (and raising funds to reinvest into making our school more sustainable and better for our children), the Fair was open to everyone.
Highlights include Q&A sessions and speakers:

  • Meredith Hunter MLA, ACT Greens; Q&A
    Forum with students from Evatt Primary and other local Primary Schools
  • Leigh Duxson, Home Energy Advice Team; Energy Conservation in your House
  • Haydn, Canberra Organic Gardeners
    Society; No Dig Gardens, Composting and Worm farming
  • Suzie Kontos, GardenSmart; Q&A on
    Waterwise Gardening

Stallholders provided information about solar panels, worm farms, fresh produce and waterway conservation just to name a few, and stalls sold products in keeping with locally made (low mileage) and environmentally friendly ideals where possible.

There was also a healthy living focus with the Heart Foundation coordinating a skipping demonstration, followed by Zumba demonstrations. Lots of great food, attractions and games for the children saw people staying a long while to enjoy the great community event.

The Recycled Garden Competition demonstrated imagination in turning unwanted items into a real garden! Winners of the school’s ‘Nude food’ day competition from the previous day were also announced at the Fair. Evatt's new Principal, Susan Skinner, said that 'I was very impressed by the way the school community pulled together and so many people helped to make the Fair a success'.

Gumboot picture  fair picture scouts game

Recycled Garden competition entry                                                                         Parachute game at Evatt Fair, presented with the help of Scouts ACT.

 

 

 

 

 

By Ngaio Buck, Evatt Primary School P&C Member and Fair Coordinator

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Council's policy goes national

Council's Sustainability Policy was first proposed by Lake Ginninderra P&C in 2008. It was revised and expanded in 2009 and updated last year. The policy was presented to the National Conference of the Australian Council of State School Organisations (ACSSO) in October 2011 to be adpoted by other organisations.

It was well received and adopted in 2012. ACT P&C Council hopes the policy will provide a template for other State parent organisations, providing leadership in sustainability education and helping schools reduce their environmental footprint.

The Schooling and Sustainability policy features four sub-sections. The Philosophy of Sustainability in Schools; Sustainability in School Curriculum; Environment, Buildings and Facilities in Sustainable Schools; and Transport Sustainability for School.

A copy of the sustainability policy is available on Council's website.

 

This article was published in ParentACTion 2.2012, May 2012.