Do More with LESS
We had a wonderful day at the ‘Do More With LESS’ conference – LESS stands for: Leaders in Environmentally Sustainable Schools, and that is what Ashley, Amber, Steph, Rhys and Sommer are – our leaders. They gave some brilliant speeches about what our school does to be Resource Smart. Click here to read their speeches. During the day we participated in a range of activities which taught us all about renewable energy, ways we can reduce consumption in our homes, carbon and climate, as well as how energy is created and the huge losses and waste of coal power before it reaches our homes. We discussed the solutions to these problems and even had a play on an energy bike that powered different appliances such as a fan, light globes, and a kettle.
Everyone did a brilliant job at bringing a nude food lunch – we were waste free!
At the end of the day we were asked to make some action plans about what had inspired us during the day and what we wanted to implement at our school. Our ideas were inspired by 754’s veggie selling program – we thought it would be a good idea to reduce our waste by putting a veggie order form in the newsletter for parents to buy our excess produce. We also loved walking through 754’s koorie garden and thought it would be fun to plant our own edible and medicinal native plant garden, or even just learn a bit more about the plants that are growing in our own school yard.
The last plan we want to put into action is to learn a bit more about the solar panels that we have on our classroom roof.
Thank you to Bree and John who accompanied the students and me.
Rubbish Free Lunches
The Planet Protectors have decided that Wednesdays in Term 3 will be the perfect time for our Rubbish Free Lunches. Students are encouraged to bring food without packaging. Click Rubbishfree Lunch 20150720 for some more information on Rubbish Free Lunches.
Staff and students were delighted early this year to receive the news that our application for an East Gippsland Shire Grant has been successful. With the help of parents we have extended the fence-line of the frog bog area, and now we are ready to plant more vegetation kindly donated by the East Gippsland Landcare Network. Students have been busy monitoring, identifying and recording the sightings of frogs in our school grounds and have created some signs and colorful artwork to be installed at the frog bog. A community function will conclude this special project.
Frogs of Clifton Creek: Identification Key