BVPS continue to make water a priority in 2019!
2019 has got off to a good start, with CERES (Centre for Education and Research in Environmental Strategies) coming out to do some professional learning with the staff at Belle Vue. The teachers are excited to put their learning into action, to help students learn about why water is so vital, and how we can help to protect it for all!
2018 Water Focus
Throughout 2018, Belle Vue has been focusing on water. We have been thinking about how we use water, ways we can use LESS water (or use it more responsibly) at home and at school and the impacts that water pollution has on animals, environments and people.
Our annual EnviroDay in 2018 was all about water. The grade 6 leaders ran the activities and students rotated around to experience learning about water in different ways. All of the students (and teachers) learnt a lot!
Also in 2018, the two grade 6 school captains and the junior school council (JSC) president and treasurer completed a water audit of Belle Vue’s water use. They learnt about what the school already does to conserve water, as well as things that we can change or do better in order to use less water. These students made recommendations for the school to take on (these are in the process of happening!). One of these recommendations were to put signs up near taps, toilets and drinking fountains, to help remind staff and students to use water responsibly. They made some great signs that are now all around the school.
Our JSC leaders also tried to help our families think about what they can do to conserve water at home, by putting water saving tips in the school newsletters.
2019 will be a busy year putting all of the audit’s recommendations into place, and hopefully seeing some positive results!
Becoming a 3 Star Sustainable School!
After a lot of hard work by teachers, students and families (particularly Carl Ward, the rest of the sustainability team and our grade 6 student leaders), we achieved our goal of becoming a 3 star “Transforming” School.
While focusing on waste throughout 2017, we were able to look at our waste habits, make some changes and see some improvements in our waste contributions.
We know we still have more improvements to make, but it was great to see our efforts recognised with the addition of our 3rd star!
Below are some photos of Mr Ward looking very pleased about our 3rd star!
As highlighted by the Grade 6 Leaders at the special assembly. The whole school then took part in EnviroDay 2017 on 6th September 2017 (as part of Cool Australia’s Enviroweek). As in 2016, the event was created for students, designed by students and run by students.
EnviroDay was a huge success with the students taking part in a range of events that looked at Recycling, Reusing, Reducing and Rethinking waste. You can read all about the event at the following link:
EnviroDay 2017 Newsletter Item
During EnviroDay students created upcycled labels to help sell reusable fruit and vegetable bags (Freggie bags). These bags have been produced with the single aim of reducing the amount of soft plastics being produced. By ordering a bag for $5 dollars you’ll be helping the environment and contributing to future sustainability initiatives at Belle Vue. You can see more details, including how to order one by clicking on the following link:
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Freggie Bags Advert
2017 Waste Focus
In 2017 the focus will be on waste. Students will be devising ways of changing our habits regarding the way we recycle items such as paper and photocopier consumables. We will be trying to move towards reusing, reducing and rethinking the way we use these items. Students have taken part in a range of waste auditing activities. An example of this can be seen at the following Newsletter Item showing the Grade 6 Leaders auditing the amount of paper waste that the school produces:
Grade 6 Leaders Improving Belle Vue’s Recycling Habits
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The results of this audit were then communicated to the school by the Grade 6 Leaders at a special assembly. During the assembly the students presented new student designed signs to be put on bins around the school. They also reminded the school of the importance of issues such as producing zero food waste. Teachers were reminded to print on both sides of paper or reuse single sided paper. Finally, some details of EnviroDay 2017 were revealed. The newsletter item that was produced for this assembly can be viewed at the following link:
Waste Warriors Assembly Newsletter Item
Belle Vue’s Sustainability Journey
Everyone at Belle Vue Primary School is working together to become the most sustainable school community that we can be. Staff and students are positive role models for sustainability within our community and strive towards preservation of a healthy environment for all, both now and in the future. Belle Vue Primary School develops responsible, resilient and respectful citizens who make informed decisions to reduce their impact on the environment.
Belle Vue began its journey towards its goal of becoming a five star sustainable school in 2015 and is currently a 2 star “discovering” school. Since 2015, we have significantly re-designed our curriculum so as to incorporate a wide range of integrated sustainability themed topics across all levels of the school. Energy saving measures across the school include the installation of LED lighting in and around the Administrative Building and Library (thanks to a successful application for a $10,000 energy grant). Student Leaders have run sustainability themed assemblies and been involved with our annual EnviroDay (Run during Cool Australia’s Enviroweek).
During 2016, students throughout the school designed activities for EnviroDay based on the focus of biodiversity. The event was successfully run by the Grade 6 Student Leaders. The idea of a sustainability themed day created for students, designed by students and run by students created a template for future events.
Previous Sustainability Initiatives
Click on some of the links below to find out what’s been happening over the last few years:
Grade 6’s Run a Special Sustainability Assembly
Students Involved in Planting
Read All About the Mondo Sustainability Calculator
Enviroweek and EnviroDay 2016 Poster
Enviroweek and EnviroDay 2016
Sustainability Review 2016
Recycling Photocopier Consumables as Part of Planet Ark Recycling
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