ROSETTA Primary School is leading the way to a greener future following its recent induction into the Eco-Schools Australia program.
Launched nationally by Keep Australia Beautiful, Eco-Schools is an international sustainability education program that operates in more than 60 countries.
Rosetta Primary teacher and Eco-Schools coordinator Lindy Devereux said it encouraged children to take an active role in how their school could be run for the benefit of the environment.
“We already had a student environmental group called the ‘E-Team’, which was established several years before we joined the Eco-Schools program,” she said.
“We met once-a-week and encouraged the school to adopt sustainable activities such as switching off lights, not littering and ensuring taps are turned off correctly.
“The Eco-Schools program has given us a greater focus, and we enjoy belonging to a worldwide organisation and sharing what we do with other schools across Australia.
“It’s also great to receive some recognition for all the hard work we’ve been doing for a number of years.”
Eco-Schools is based on a seven-step, curriculum-linked framework and award system, with each school’s program run by a student “eco-committee” that identifies projects that help the school and community become more environmentally friendly.
Ms Devereux said Rosetta Primary’s main theme was health and wellbeing, with a secondary focus on waste minimisation.
“We used the $500 grant we received from Eco-Schools to move and upgrade our garden beds,” she said.
“We grow a range of herbs and vegetables including carrots, cauliflower, cabbage, leeks, rhubarb and pumpkin.
“We want to encourage good health and we share the food we make with other classes, as well as publish recipes in the school newsletter.”
Ms Devereux said the main benefit of the program was to re-invigorate the idea of growing and trading homemade produce.
“People have moved away from growing their own gardens and I think this is mostly to do with today’s busy society – people don’t have the time,” she said.
“This program leads back to the idea of being self-sufficient, working toward reducing our footprint on the world and teaching good ideals to our students.”
For more information about the Eco-Schools program, visit www.eco-schools.org.au.