At Tatura Primary School we believe we can make a positive impact on our environment through the choices we make. We want our students to be more aware of their responsibilities for the environment, now and into the future.
Teachers, students, parents and community members are working together to make changes in order for Tatura Primary School to be a more sustainable school.
The Tatura Primary School Envirokids is a student environment action team, made up of students from Grades 2-6. These elected students represent the whole school. The students meet regularly to discuss ideas, implement strategies and plan for future events.
At times their involvement may be very practical and hands on, while other meetings may involve brainstorming or reflective processes.
Some of the Envirokids achievements to date are:
Tatura Primary School has commenced an Envirokids program, featuring elected student representatives from years’ three to six. These students meet regularly, discuss and implement ideas to reduce waste and energy use, then present these to the whole school on a weekly basis. Additionally the Envirokids representatives maintain their own notice board and provide input for the school newsletter. At the end of recess each day, Envirokids play a Recycle It song reminding students to dispose and repurpose waste. In 2016, the team implemented a three bin system in each classroom for composting, recycling and waste complemented by awarding the winners of the ‘Golden Bin’ award to the most waste wise class on a weekly basis. The school has implemented a ‘half flush’ option on toilets to reduce the school’s overall water wastage by placing a ‘We’re Keen on Green’ sticker on half-flush buttons. Tatura Primary school was awarded the Hume Region Waste School of 2017 by reducing landfill waste by 33 cubic metres in 12 months. The students’ passion and enthusiasm for this program reaches the entire school community.
Resource Smart School Awards, 2017
It’s not too hard to bring sustainability into the home as well at school.