STUDENT’S WORK SHINES A LIGHT

Over the last couple of weeks of this Term, Year 5 students have been working extremely hard on their Queen’s Commonwealth Writing Competition. The chosen topic students were asked to write about focused on Climate Change and protecting our planet Earth. We’d like to share one poem with you, written by Ethan .
I am Planet Earth

Written by Ethan 5B

Every planet is unique, especially me: I am planet Earth
I am filled with water, air and life.
Humans, animal, tress and ice,
but I am afraid some people want my demise.

As animals die, people eat,
and they fill their bellies with juicy meat.
As habitats are lost and turned to dirt,
lots of animals stare and snarl in thirst.

Populations decrease as pollution grows fast,
and as animals become extinct, most species won’t last.
Insects, birds, mammals and fish,
eventually, we won’t have a luscious dish.

One other problem is global warming,
it can cause water shortages and can be extremely deforming.
It can also cause greenhouse gases to make me warmer,
and can also help pollution grow rapidly and stronger.

So I tell you all to STOP all this baloney,
and maybe we all can save animals so that we won’t be lonely.
STOP throwing bags, plastics and STOP ocean mining,
and start recycling and stop the animal’s population from declining.

RESOURCE SMART SCHOOL OF THE YEAR

CONGRATULATIONS MWPS!

Our school has been a leader in Sustainability education for many years. We have mentored many other schools in their journey towards 5 Star certification and this year we were awarded the coveted title of RESOURCE SMART SCHOOL OF THE YEAR!

 

Being a 5 Star Resource Smart School cannot happen without the help of everyone, so I would like to congratulate and thank everybody, staff, students, parents and the whole community for helping us to reach and maintain our 5 Star status and for being part of our winning this prestigious award!

 

Loretta Leary

Sustainability Leader

Watch the awards here

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Cooking with Kids

Dear Parents and students,
I have created a page on the new Sustainability Website called COOKING WITH KIDS.
Here you will find tried and tested kid friendly recipes, hints and tips to get parents and children cooking together at home. Hope you enjoy it.
https://sites.google.com/education.vic.gov.au/sustainabiltymwps/recipes

Feel free to upload your cooking creations to your Seesaw or Google Classroom so I can see your delicious food.

Loretta Leary
Sustainability Specialist

Sustainability Remote Learning

Dear Parents and Students,

Sustainability lessons will be posted fortnightly (weekly for Year 5 only) on the new Sustainability Website: https://sites.google.com/education.vic.gov.au/sustainabiltymwps/home

Everything that you need can be found here under your Year Level. If you need any support please email me: leary.loretta.l@edumail.vic.gov.au

The tasks for Weeks 1 & 2 are available now.

  • Prep, Year 1, 2 & 3 completed student work can be posted on SEESAW
  • Years 4 & 5 completed student work can be posted in GOOGLE Classroom
  • Year 6 completed student work can be posted in GOOGLE Classroom

 

Please take care during this time.

Regards

Loretta Leary

Sustainability Specialist

SUSTAINABLE XMAS TIPS

Christmas is a time for celebration, but all the excess that goes with it can also put a strain on the environment: tonnes of extra rubbish, surplus packaging and mega watts of flashing lights. It’s a busy time when Australians tend to travel, eat and drink more than usual.

With a little imagination and thought, we can all reduce the impact of the holiday season on the environment and have a happy green Christmas! Here’s how:

  • Don’t Fake It

If a Christmas tree is a must for your family, make sure you get a real tree and not a plastic one.  Although plastic trees can be reused many times they still ultimately end up in landfill. Real trees  – they smell fresh, look more authentic and are biodegradable through your green waste.  You could also look into investing in a tree or shrub which you could then plant in your garden.

  • Lighting

Use LED lights for house and Christmas tree lighting. LED lights use about 80-90% less energy than old light bulbs. Make the effort to turn your lights off when out of the house or before bedtime.

  •  Plan Your Shopping

Last minute panic shopping often ends up in unsuitable purchases.  It’s best to be organised and plan ahead what you need to buy for Christmas day – make a list and stick to it. Try and get it all done in one shop to avoid repeat journeys and the temptation of buying unnecessary extras.

  • Useful Presents

Give original gifts that will be of real value to your friends and family. Steer away from material presents – gift them a service or experience.  Maybe create vouchers for babysitting, cleaning, massage or gardening. Give them a ticket to an event, concert or a fun day out with you. Is there something your friends have always wanted to learn or try out, but never got around to doing? Perhaps they’d like a guitar, cooking or painting lesson?

  1. Help them to become more environmental and give a membership to a car sharing club or help them save energy by gifting low-flow shower heads and energy saving light bulbs.
  2. Use your culinary skills to make homemade food or drink gifts. Your time spent in the kitchen is probably no more than the time spent gift-hunting online or at the shops. Homemade presents are often more personal, better for the environment and not likely to go to waste.
  3. For those who have everything gifting a charity donation that helps others or the environment is often the best way to go. Carbon Neutral provides eCards which allow you to gift native trees or you could calculate you friends’ emissions and offset their vehicle or household emissions at cncf/offsets.
  • Original Wrapping

Get creative with your wrapping – newspaper with a bright ribbon looks great or cut out colorful, patterned pages from old magazines to package up presents or use an attractive scarf and make it part of the present.

  • Gadget Upgrades

If you receive a new mobile phone for Christmas make sure you recycle the old one – visit www.cleanup.org.au and click on ‘Clean Up Mobile Phones’.  You can register to receive a free pre-paid postal satchel that you can use to send your phone to recyclers.

  • Unwanted Presents

Been given something you don’t want from an estranged second aunt? Don’t just throw it away – take it to an op shop or sell it on eBay.

  • Recycle

Store away wrapping paper and cards that you receive – you can recycle them next year for wrapping and you can cut up old Christmas cards to make unique gift tags.

For anything else check out www.recyclingnearyou.com.au which will help you find out the best way to recycle in your area.

  • Fight the Christmas Bulge

Feeling a little heavy after all the Christmas excess?  Why not get some free exercise and help the environment at the same time. Check out www.cleanup.org.au and find out how you can volunteer to pick up rubbish and enjoy the outdoors.

  •  eCards

Send an electronic card which does not require physical resources to make or distribute. Click here to check out Carbon Neutral’s Christmas eCards.  Every eCard sent will help revegetate rural Australia through the planting of biodiverse native trees. You can choose from a range of beautiful designs, include a personalised message, and from just $3.75 send a gift that will make a difference for future generations. Click here to order eCards.

  • Batteries

Stock up on green rechargeable batteries for any gadgets you might need to use.  If you do give a battery operated gift give a battery charger too.

  • Decorations

Invest in good quality decorations that can be used again and again and passed on to future generations or be inventive and make your own from recycled materials.

  • Portion Control

Plan ahead to prevent food wastage. To find out more about ideal serving sizes, storing and using up leftovers check out www.lovefoodhatewaste.nsw.gov.au. Compost any unusable leftover food to reduce the harmful methane

  • Drink

Opt for organic or carbon neutral beers and wines. Carbon Neutral supporter Taylors Wines has a great offer online which will save you 20% off their 100% carbon Neutral wine range based on the international standard for lifecycle assessment (ISO14044). Click here to find out more.

  • Flowers

When choosing flowers for gifts or for decorating select ‘in season’ locally grown varieties.

  • Party Time

Serve up locally produced food and drink and choose produce with less packaging. Set up clearly marked recycling bins before your party starts to make it easier for your guests and to make the clean up quicker. Deck out the tables with reusable plates and cutlery so they can be washed and used again.