This year Sacred Heart College Geelong commenced its participation in Resource Smart Schools AuSSIVic, a nationally recognised programme which requires schools to incorporate sustainability into all aspects of the school. We will complete the Core Module this year and commence the Waste Module in 2012.
So that we can measure our improvement in the future have been busy recording data about our biodiversity, water, waste and energy. This will be available as an annual report early next year
These are some of SHC’s sustainability highlights of 2011 :
- Installation of 30 solar panels (5kW) on the roof of the art rooms, which offsets enough power for about 20 classroom lights. This is accompanied by software which gives us real time data on the panels performance which can be used in classrooms. This was thanks to a National Solar Schools Program grant.
- Introduction of a recycling system in the year 7/8 area. We now have red bins for rubbish and yellow bins for bottles / cans / containers and we are hoping to extend this system to the rest of the school.
- Our vegie garden near the Junior School playground continued with many students involved.
- Our worm farm was used to convert food waste from the Junior School into fertiliser for the vegie garden.
- 35 Sacred Heart students participated in volunteer tree plantingwith the Friends of Waurn Ponds Creek in August.
- Sacred Heart once again participated in the Mobilemustermobile phone recycling scheme and saved the toxic chemicals from ending up in landfill.
- Sacred Heart held two of our own Earth Hours where we switched off all electrical appliances and lights for two afternoons and reflected on our energy consumption.
- Sacred Heart students Joanna Fitzgerald and Chelsea Garrard won $500 for the school in the National Water Week Photo Competition.
- Sacred Heart held a successful fundraising day to helpJirrahlinga Wildlife Sanctuary recover after a damaging fire.
- SHC installed six 12,000 litre water tanks at the back of the Talbot St gym. This is in addition to our four 40,000 litre tanks at the back of the O’Dwyer Centre.
- 109 house points were given out to students for environment – related activities (this requires 5 hours work)
Next year we are looking to expand our Sustainability Steering Committee (meets once per term) to involve parents. If you are interested in becoming involved, then please contact us email@example.com