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DJ and music producer Havana Brown goes vegan and promotes green program Kids Teaching Kids

Back living in Melbourne after years in the US, global DJ and music star Havana Brown is the latest celebrity to go vegan in an effort to “help the environment”.

DJ Havana Brown with Mount Waverley Primary School students Nicola Gouws and Matthew Linden. Picture: David Caird
DJ Havana Brown with Mount Waverley Primary School students Nicola Gouws and Matthew Linden. Picture: David Caird

DJ Havana Brown is the latest celebrity to go vegan.

Brown, who is back living in Melbourne after several years working in the US, is “transitioning” to veganism.

“I’m pretty much vegan but once a week at the moment I’m having fish and that’s it,” she said.

“So I just allow myself a little bit of freedom until I’m able to completely eliminate any animal products from my diet.”

“What I’m trying to do is help the environment.”

Brown, 34, has bolstered her environmental credentials by being appointed ambassador for green education program Kids Teaching Kids.

Melbourne Deputy Lord Mayor Arron Wood and Havana Brown with members of environmental outfit Kids Teaching Kids. Picture: David Caird
Melbourne Deputy Lord Mayor Arron Wood and Havana Brown with members of environmental outfit Kids Teaching Kids. Picture: David Caird

The non-profit was founded by Melbourne Deputy Lord Mayor Arron Wood, whose wife Steph is a good mate of Brown’s.

“Kids Teaching Kids is a great way to have kids understand what they’re doing and sustain the environment, I’m really proud to be part of it,” said the music performer and producer.

The organisation is celebrating its 20th anniversary, and Brown will sing Happy Birthday at a special event to be held at Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre on Thursday.


Mr Wood said Kids Teaching Kids was working with new program partner MySolarDirect on a target to install 1000 solar systems in homes sourced from the organisation’s schools network.

“As part of the partnership, schools will receive $500 for every solar system installed, and they can use this money to pay for science equipment, create a veggie garden help with recycling or fund their environmental programs,” he said.

State Energy Minister Lily D’Ambrosio backed the initiative.

“It could not be more timely as we recently increased Victoria’s renewable energy target to 50 per cent by 2030 — putting more clean energy into the grid,” she said.

Havana Brown is excited to have moved back to Melbourne after spending several years living in Los Angeles. Picture: David Caird
Havana Brown is excited to have moved back to Melbourne after spending several years living in Los Angeles. Picture: David Caird

Meanwhile, Havana Brown, who grew up in Wantirna South, revealed she has bought a pad in Brighton.

“Ive been living in Los Angeles for the last seven years, but we’ve bought a place here and I’m loving it back in Australia,” she said.

“It’s one of my favourite spots in Melbourne — it’s always been my dream neighbourhood so I’m pretty happy.”

But Brown was coy about talk that she had secretly married her manager Vince Deltito.

“It’s not something I really want to talk about,” she said politely.

The DJ is returning to the US soon for a tour, and her next Australian gig will be in Sydney.

john.masanauskas@news.com.au

GREEN DAY

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!

TREE DAY COMPETITION WINNERS

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.

Zoe PF

Hamish PC

Dilan 1E

Tasha 1D

Shubh 2A

Olivia 2C

Anna 3C

Allycia 3B

Irene 4E

Ethan 4E

Hitani 5D

Tanya 5A

Alina 6B

The following adults also won so could their child please come and collect their prize.

Jacinta Egan.

Colin Rowsell.

Now for the teacher prizes:

Miss Bonacci and Miss T

 

All of the other adults who entered also won a prize.

GREEN DAY

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!

 

 

GREEN DAY IS COMING!

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.


 

 

 

World Environment Day/Tree Planting Day/Wild Onesie Day

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