Marlo Primary School’s Sustainable Living Program

Marlo Primary School has made many changes in the past two years in an attempt to become a more Sustainable School and at the same time have these changes flow over into the student’s home lives and ultimately the community.

The school theme for 2010 was “Sustainability” which was addressed in all areas of the curriculum involving students in a practical way.

We began the year by taking our grade 5 & 6 student leaders to Ceres Community Environmental Park to participate in a day of sustainable living activities. These students played a leadership role in the implementation of our sustainability curriculum. Our Science program introduced students to the concepts of water, waste, and energy management and involved the students in a number of practical activities to promote sustainability at school and in their homes. These included designing waste wise and water saving posters to be displayed in appropriate places at home and at school to remind students and their families of sustainable practices. The students were encouraged to be involved in as many energy and water saving strategies as possible. Monitors were assigned jobs to ensure various sustainable practices were in place, including turning off lights, appliances and computer monitors at the power points. Students were also educated in the use of paper which included practices such as using recycled paper, only printing a final draft, not making huge headings, double sided printing, storing documents electronically rather than hard copies of everything, using a whole sheet of paper or an appropriate size for the amount of writing. Students were involved in a papermaking project with paper they had collected from the classroom.

Many parents talked to us about the conversations they had with their children and the practices they insisted they and their families needed to make. These included turning off lights, rubbish free lunches, shorter showers and not leaving taps running while brushing teeth and peeling vegies, using a bucket to wash the car, mulching gardens, setting up vegie patches at home, walking or riding to school, recycling at home, and minimal packaging when purchasing goods. One of our special needs students initiated creating a vegie garden with his family.

Marlo Primary School set up a recycling system for classrooms, staffroom and the school yard which included food scraps to be used in the newly set up worm farm and compost bin. The compost was used on our newly established no dig vegie garden which the students researched, designed and created using recycled materials. Students also studied, incubated and raised chickens and built the chook run and pen out of recycled materials to house these. Parents were involved in a number of working bee days to establish a native garden in the school yard. Parents were also involved in assisting students to build the vegie garden and chook run as part of our community activities program. Our vegies and eggs have been used on a regular basis in our cooking program. Students have made soup, home-made vegie rolls, salads, stir fry, and quiche. These cooking sessions have linked in with our literacy program.

As part of our school improvement program we applied for a Solar School’s Grant and received $55,000 of panels which were installed early in 2010. Unfortunately we have not yet realised the benefits of these as we have only recently had the meter installed and connected. The installation of these panels provided the opportunity for students to graph our power savings as part of our Information Technology and Numeracy programs. This will continue over time. Our new toilets, which were designed to provide natural lighting and ventilation, have been connected to one of our new rain water tanks. The other tank is to be used for any required watering of our garden. The next stage of our project is to plant fruit trees and to continue embedding sustainable practices in our community. We have made contact with the community garden project in Orbost and may do some trading of produce. We plan to have our students use our vegetables and papermaking to create projects for our Easter Fete which will raise money which can be put back into furthering our sustainable living practices.

By Marlo Primary School|2017-11-06T17:18:31+10:00April 26th, 2013|0 Comments