At Bayswater West Primary School, the Integrated Studies units at each VELS Level, which include
sustainability issues are: Minibeasts and Under the Sea, L1/2; Our Environment, Plants in Action, Consumer Power, Energy, and Water Cycle L3; Amazing Earth, Healthy Minds and Bodies, Values for Life, L4.
In addition, our Healthy Eating program focuses on our Vegetable garden, Herb garden, Garden Club, Kids and Fruit Program, and is linked to Fresh Food Cooking project in the Junior School. The specialist Science Program encompasses sustainability action projects such as the recognition and establishment of biodiversity habitats within the school grounds.
Water conservation has been an on-going whole school project. Students are involved in classroom
discussions about how to conserve water at home and at school, in communicating this message through posters and letters to parents. They help with planting drought resistant plants, spreading mulch on gardens, and hand watering new plants. The school has tank water for toilets, the oval, and gardens. Bayswater West
Primary has received Bronze and Silver WaterWise accreditation in the last three years and is working
Reduce, Re-use, Recycle is the basis of our waste reduction program. Rubbish Free lunch days, “nude food” lunch boxes and food scraps to the compost bin is promoted in each class. A monthly Recycling Champion Award is given to the most conscientious class. Student “Environmental Heroes” are involved in white paper, cardboard and container recycling, as well as litter collection and placing Bins with lids in playground in the school ground daily.
Energy saving is an on-going issue. Walk and Ride to School Days have been successful in encouraging
energy-saving travel. Student “Power Rangers” to monitor energy usage have been introduced recently, and this program will be extended into the 2011 year with a whole-school project to reduce energy use in classrooms and the administration area.
The International Year of Biodiversity has provided extra impetus to our Environmental Program. An audit of animal species in our play ground at the beginning of the year enhanced student awareness of the role our school ground plays in providing habitat for a great variety of animals. This led to the establishment of extra habitat areas for specific creatures in the school ground. (See the Biodiverity case study).
At Bayswater West Primary, we are fortunate to have a great community to support our whole-school
approach to sustainability. Our school has been a member of the Knox “Schools for Sustainability” group for more than four years. Parents and friends are involved in the Kitchen Garden program, Working Bees, and Rubbish-Free Lunch days, Healthy Eating (Kids and Fruit) and Garden Club. St. Stephen’s church provides healthy breakfast for a class every month. The Eastside Church has been a major partner in Working Bees, assisting in landscaping jobs to promote mulching and weed control. The local “Streets for Living” group has a combined committee from St Stephen’s Church, Blue Hills Pre-school, Bayswater Bowls Club and Bayswater West Primary to enhance our shared environment with street plantings, a community meeting place and environmental artworks. Members also work with the weekly school Garden Club.