On Friday 26th July, MWPS celebrated its seventh annual Green Day. This was a day for celebrating all of our “green” achievements; recycling programs, gardening programs, animal adoptions and our 5 Star Resource Smart Sustainable School status. Students dressed in green, as their favourite animal or as something else inspired by nature. We were visited by Leigh’s Reptile Show and Ben’s Bees. The most popular animals were Snappy the crocodile and Ghost the dingo. Students also got to have a close encounter with lizards and snakes. Students participated in green themed activities within their classrooms. Each child received a special GREEN DAY SHOWBAG which had a fruit, a colouring sheet, a wooden bookmark, Ben’s Bees honey, beeswax, a beeswax wrap and a reusable produce bag. Thanks to the Senior Environment Team, Ms Prodanos, Ms tench, Ms Dynan, Mrs Woods, Ms Tsourlenes and Sue P for packing all of the show bags! Everyone had a great time and can’t wait for next year!
Congratulations to these students who were chosen as the winners for last term’s Tree Planting Day Colouring Competition. The winners were chosen by the Kids Teaching Kids Team.
All winners won a fabulous prize and their entry has been put up on display near the office.
The following adults also won so could their child please come and collect their prize.
Now for the teacher prizes:
Miss Bonacci and Miss T
All of the other adults who entered also won a prize.
On Friday July 26th a great day was had by all during our seventh annual GREEN DAY celebrations. This was a day for celebrating all of our “green” achievements; recycling programs, gardening programs, animal adoptions and our 5 Star Resource Smart Sustainable School status. Students dressed in green, as their favourite animal or as something else inspired by nature. We were visited by Leigh’s Reptile Show, Ben’s Bees. The most popular animals were Snappy the crocodile and Ghost the dingo. Students also got to have a close encounter with lizards and snakes. Students participated in green themed activities within their classrooms. Each child received a special GREEN DAY SHOWBAG which fruit, Ben’s Bees Honey, bees wax, a colouring sheet, a wooden bookmark, a beeswax wrap and a reusable produceo bag. Thanks to the Senior Environment Team, Ms Dynan, Ms Tsourlenes, Mrs Woods, Ms Prodanos, Sue P and Ms Tench for packing all of the show bags! Everyone had a great time and we can’t wait until next year!
FRIDAY JULY 26th
On this day, the whole school celebrates our Environmental Sustainability programs and achievements.Your child may dress in green clothes or as their favourite animal. We will be having a whole school Nude Food Picnic on the oval, so please ensure that your child has a RUBBISH FREE LUNCH on the day. This year we are very lucky to have a special visit from Leigh’s Reptiles Show; an entertaining educational and informative introduction to the world of reptiles, mammals and invertebrates. This show aims to allow children to experience live animals up close in a safe and controlled environment. It is a “hands on” demonstration that will provide a life time of memories. The children will have a choice of whether they wish to touch the animals or just watch the show. We will also have a visit from Ben’s Bees. Ben Moore provides a unique introduction to the amazing world of bees. Students can safely observe the intricate behaviour of live bees in a special observation hive. This is a fun, engaging presentation that will inspire fertile minds to learn more about nature, science and the environment. The students will also receive a GREEN DAY SHOWBAG with various items such as seeds, fresh fruit, stickers, colouring sheets and environmental products.
WILD ONESIE DAY
WWF(World Wildlife Fund) is inviting Australians to walk, bounce or hop back into the wildlife spirit this June, with the much-anticipated return of Wild Onesie Week 2019. WWF is challenging Australians to head off to work and school and go about their day dressed head-to-toe as an animal during WILD ONESIE WEEK (which includes World Environment Day on June 5). MWPS Senior Sustainability Team is challenging our school to participate in this event by holding a WILD ONESIE DAY on WEDNESDAY 5th JUNE. Students are asked to dress in a wild onesies, or dress like an animal on the day. A GOLD COIN donation is requested. The funds raised will go towards our sponsored animals (which include koalas, a bilby, an orang-utan, a Tasmanian devil and a now critically endangered Leadbeater’s possum to name a few.) See our sponsored animals page on the Sustainability Blog http://sustainabilityatmwps.global2.vic.edu.au/our-animals/ for more details of our animals.
This day is also Tree Planting Day. Find the competitions HERE
For the past few weeks we have been learning about recycling in our school. Each class learnt about what buckets and bins we have in our classrooms and around the school. We did recycling races and toured the school looking at all of the different recycling bins that we have. Just remember “Oh no, don’t throw it out! Take it to school and recycle it!”
We also spread some mulch as part of the gardening program. We learnt about what mulch is and why it is important to mulch the gardens. Mulch acts like a blanket for the gardens; it keeps it cool in summer, warm in winter, protected from the wind and provides nutrients for the soil and food for bugs.
The Year 5 students have started planting broad bean and snow pea seeds in anticipation of planting them in the Permaculture gardens very soon. They have learnt about climate zones, seasons and how to choose the right crops for Melbourne’s temperate climate.
We also have been watching some Monarch butterflies hatch. This has been fascinating for the students; to watch nature in all its glory, first hand.
Learning about, with and for nature is essential for student wellbeing and for the wellbeing of the planet.
On Friday 1st March the school helped out with Clean Up Australia Day for the 17th year! The whole school gathered a total amount of 9.5kg kg of rubbish. That is an decrease of 10 kgs from last year’s 19.5kg total. Next year let’s try to reduce our rubbish in the school yard even more; simply by picking up rubbish when found on the ground and making sure that EVERY DAY IS A RUBBISH FREE LUNCH DAY.
Cleaning up regularly is very important. We need to make sure that we don’t let rubbish get into our drains because it then ends up in our waterways and kills our marine animals. If you see rubbish, please pick it up, especially near waterways like the beach. You can also join Take 3 For The Sea at https://www.take3.org/ . Simply Take 3 pieces of rubbish with you when you leave the beach, waterway
Welcome to 2019…a year of new things!
We have new Sustainability captains this year. They will be busy doing many, many things.
Nicola, Emma, Alyssa and Christian
We also have a new specialist subject called Sustainability. This is run across the whole school and all students receive a fortnightly Sustainability lesson with me , Ms Leary. This fortnight we are learning about what Environmental Sustainability means and then doing some nature and recycling scavenger hunts around the school. This has been a great way for the students to familiarise themselves with the school environment and discover the wonders of nature.
Years 1 and 2
MWPS has partnered with Terracycle Free Recycling Programs
TerraCycle is Eliminating the Idea of Waste® by recycling the “non-recyclable.” Whether it’s coffee capsules from your home, pens from a school, or plastic gloves from a manufacturing facility, TerraCycle can collect and recycle almost any form of waste. We partner with individual collectors such as yourself, as well as major consumer product companies, retailers, manufacturers, municipalities, and small businesses across 20 different countries. With your help, we are able to divert millions of pounds of waste from landfills and incinerators each month.
TerraCycle offers free recycling programs funded by brands, manufacturers, and retailers around the world to help us collect and recycle our hard-to-recycle waste. We simply choose the programs we’d like to join; start collecting in our school; download free shipping labels; and send them our waste to be recycled. We can even earn rewards for our school!
This term we have sent off the following recyclables to Terracycle:
Shampoo bottles: 2
Toothpaste boxes: 18
Dental floss containers: 2