What’s been happening?

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.

 

Clean Up Australia Day

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
or…anywhere.

Welcome to 2019

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.

Prep/Foundation

 Years 1 and 2

Year 3

       Years 4-6

 

MWPS partners with Terracycle.

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:

COFFEE PODS:

Expressi :100

LOR: 659

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

BATHROOM ITEMS:

Tootbrushes: 48

Mouthwash bottles:2

Shampoo bottles: 2

Toothpaste boxes: 18

Dental floss containers: 2

You can drop these items and more off for recycling at our Community Recycling Bins at the school office.

WILD ONESIE DAY 2018

  

WWF(World Wildlife Fund) invited Australians to walk, bounce or hop back into the wildlife spirit this June, with the much-anticipated return of Wild Onesie Week 2018. WWF challenged 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 included World Environment Day on June 5). MWPS Senior Environment Team challenged our school to participate in this event by holding a WILD ONESIE DAY on TUESDAY 5th JUNE. Students dressed in a wild onesies, or dressed like an animal on the day. A GOLD COIN donation was requested and we raised $705.50. 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.

Working Bee

On Saturday we had a very productive Working Bee. We weeded, pruned, swept and painted. Lunch was lovely and the weather was sunny for most of the day.

A special thanks to the staff that helped out:

Ms Rodda-Winden, Sue P, Peter A, Mr Paine, Mr Saywaker, Mrs Bailey, Mr Rooks for all of their hard work and Ms Evans for setting up lunch.

A very special thanks to the following families:

The D’Silva Family, the Harradine Family, the Linden Family, the Goble family, the De Petra Family, the Rowsell Family, the Wang Family, the Desa/Bruce family.

We now have sea creatures on some of our drains to remind people that our litter can end u in our waterways and harm our marine life so DON’T LITTER and TAKE 3 FOR THE SEA!

CLEAN UP AUSTRALIA DAY

On Friday 2nd March the school helped out with Clean Up Australia Day for the 15th year! The whole school gathered a total amount of 19.5kg kg of rubbish. That is an increase of last year’s 15kg total. Next year let’s try to reduce our rubbish in the school yard; 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. 
or…anywhere.

Thank you to everyone who contributed on the day.

Eadie and Olivia

Sustainability Captains