Sustainability Case Study

When Holy Trinity Primary School became part of The Australian Sustainable Schools Initiative (AuSSi) it was decided to involve all of our students in Term 2 in Inquiry units which reflected our whole school focus on Sustainability.

As a continuum of the Values based Inquiry Units in Term 1, our Inquiry units were designed to encourage the development of an attitude of respect and caring for life in all its diversity. We wished to encourage our students through their Inquiry units to appreciate the intrinsic value of the natural world and the need to preserve the environment and natural heritage. Through this we were hoping to involve our whole school community in reflecting upon the footprints that we leave on this world.
Following was the focus for each level’s Inquiry Units .
Prep: Mini Beasts
They investigated the following questions:
What is a mini-beast and how do they live in our world?
How can humans help sustain these mini-beasts and their environments?
Year One and Two: Beyond the Bin
The students at this level investigated the following questions:
Where does it go when we throw it away? Where is “away”?
What is our waste, where does it come from and where does it go?
How can I reduce, recycle and reuse?
How can we educate others about reducing our waste?
How the re-use, reduce and recycle program helps us now and later?
Year Three and Four: Our Water Footprint
The students at this level investigated the following questions:
Where does water come from?
What are the acceptable and unacceptable usages of water?
 How can we modify our water usage to lighten our water footprint?
How does our climate affect our water?
.How does our water usage impact upon the environment?
Year Five and Six: Going, Going Gone
The students at this level   investigated the following questions:
What is the relationship between our environmental impact and the effect on native fauna and flora?
Why are our Australian animals endangered?
At each level various actions were taken from compost bins and worm farms being established in classrooms to light monitors in each classroom being responsible for making sure the lights are turned off when rooms are left.
These units of work culminated in a whole school assembly at the end of the Term that was organised and run by our Year 6 Environmental Student Action Team. Each Year level shared their learning about Sustainability from their Inquiry with the rest of the school. There was an unprecedented support from parents in attending this assembly.
The assembly culminated in the whole school standing and reading out the Sustainability pledge that had been written by the Environmental Student Action Team. This pledge was also printed in the newsletter.
By Holy Trinity Primary School|2017-11-06T17:17:40+10:00April 25th, 2013|0 Comments
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