Over the past month we have, as a whole school, been waging our own little war on waste. You would have seen some Facebook and Seesaw posts and newsletter articles from Bronwyn on this. The students have been amazing. It got me to thinking about our new strategic focus and theme ‘GROW with us’. So much of what staff and students are working on with this project is a great example of what our plans are all about – Forward focused and helping students to be prepared for the world they are entering.
This sustainability project addresses the 4 strategic pillars so very well.
God in all Things - In Genesis, God commands us to keep and care for the earth but God’s edict to have dominion over the earth doesn’t mean to have complete domination and exploitation of it but sadly, this is what has happened; we continue to be thoughtless about how we treat the earth and burn through its resources. This is the only place that we have and if we choose to abuse it, it will be a choice we will live to regret. This is an important starting point for our students.
Relationships - There have been wonderful connections being made; student to student, staff to student, parent engagement and the connections we have made with Toby Moulton (Groundswell Education). I think this is just the beginning to many other relationships that will form as we learn to better care for our environment.
Ownership - The students are taking ownership. Under the care of staff, students have been so proactive in working out how to sort our waste. They are showing exceptional ownership and responsibility or what we sometimes call ‘Agency’, as they come up with ideas and collectively as a school take action.
Wellbeing - Finally, there are many aspects of wellbeing involved in this. Students gain confidence, grow in healthy relationships with others and are contributing to the well being of others in the community and even globally. They feel empowered know they are making a difference in their corner of the world.
We thank you for engaging in conversations with your children about sustainability and encourage you to make changes in your own home too.
GROW with us in this project!
The earth is the Lord’s, and everything in it,
the world, and all who live in it; Psalm 24:1
Mark Rathjen, Principal