Today we participated in Schools Tree Day, by planting grasses, native shrubs and eucalypt trees in the south boundary garden. In an amazing effort, the senior students weeded, remodelled and mulched the sitting area under the redgum. They planted some climbers on the fence and some fragrant native shrubs and grasses in the area. They also prepared on area for the junior students to plant their grasses and bottlebrushes and climbers. It was a great effort by all the students to add more natives to our school grounds and to add to the biodiversity of our area.
Inspired by “Plastic Free July” we are asking everyone to bring “Nude Food” for recess and lunch, every Wednesday during this term. That means no packaged or plastic wrapped foods - bring your recess and lunch in containers.
Why not bring “Nude Food” every day, as some of our students already do. It saves waste and saves you money as you are not paying for small portions and all the extra packaging!
There’ll be awards at the end of term for students who have brought “Nude Food” the most times during the term.
Below is an example of the fantastic "Nude Food" lunches our students bring.
Our senior students are going to help us reduce what we send to landfill by organising all the soft plastic waste at school to be collected and taken to the REDCYCLE bin at Coles in Hamilton.
When we get the process underway, we’ll be asking for volunteers who visit Hamilton to drop the bags of soft plastics, off for us. We think it will reduce what’s in our rubbish bins by a huge amount.
Why not start doing this at home? You’ll be amazed at how much less rubbish goes into your bins.
Here’s a list of what can go to REDCYCLE soft plastic recycling you can drop in at Coles.
Watch the ‘ War On Waste’ video below to see what happens to soft plastics at REDCYCLE and the new products that can be made.
In our Environment and Sustainability sessions, students discussed what they think they can do in July at home to reduce the amount of plastic their families buy or use.
They made a Plastic Free July Action Checklist to put on the fridge. They will be asking their families to make a commitment to reduce the plastic they buy and use.
Every little bit counts, so make sure you choose something that is doable for your family and tick off what you are already doing. Good luck with “Plastic Free July”.
Sustainability at St Josephs
At St Joseph’s we inspire our students and our community to care for God’s world by conserving natural resources, through positive daily actions. We aim to provide practical environmental education in all aspects of school life and stimulate environmental consciousness for a sustainable future.