Loving our part of the world

4 March 2020|Community News, Education| Off Comments off on Loving our part of the world|

THOSE that are part of the Dominic College community know that its picturesque location near the foothills of Mt Wellington/kunanyi makes it a special place to be.

Many of the greater Glenorchy community often utilise the college grounds for sporting activities, as well as for various community special events.

But the expansive grounds also act as a haven for the variety of animals that form part of the Animal Husbandry program, not to mention the abundance of local fauna that have made it their home.

As good stewards of the 28-hectare property, Dominic students are enthusiastically researching and implementing new ways to be environmentally conscious, ensuring the grounds are enjoyed and a great place to be for all the community into the future.

In one such initiative, the year three classes have introduced Waste-Free Wednesdays.

The initiative encourages students and their parents to put together school lunches that are not packaged, helping to promote sustainability awareness, benefiting the environment by minimising waste and reducing resource use.

Highly processed foods are often packaged while snacks such as fruit and vegetables are not.

This initiative combines healthier eating with waste-free lunches, helping to meet both social and environmental goals.

Dominic College year three teachers said the students were enjoying the challenge of making thoughtful choices about their lunchboxes.

They said they were enthusiastic that their small change could make such a big difference.

The college sustainability initiatives include the Environmental Club, which focuses on the three Rs – recycle, reduce and reuse – and gets students thinking about ways to promote and incorporate eco-friendly ideas into the way they do everyday tasks.

Students have been looking at more recycling options, including installing new recycling bins throughout the college.

They have also utilised the waste from the Animal Husbandry program in the college garden and have implemented a creek rehabilitation program including the planting of a large number of trees and regular removal of creek litter on a yearly basis.

“The old saying, ‘we do not inherit the Earth from our ancestors, we borrow it from our children’ highlights our role as environmental custodians for the next generation,” Dominic College principal Beth Gilligan said.

“Involving students in environmental sustainability is key to being part of a contemporary community, making a real difference to their local and global environment.”

Caption: Dominic College students showing off their waste-free lunchboxes.

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