Resource Smart Schools
The Resource Smart Schools program initiative provides practical support to schools to reduce resource use, make cost savings, integrate sustainability into the curriculum and share learnings beyond the school gate. It helps schools reduce costs while providing students with the opportunity to learn about sustainable practices. At Newbury Primary School we endeavour to meet the ongoing requirements of a Resource Smart school and attain our first star.
Since 2008 over 1400 schools have participated in the program. Together, they have:
Waste Free Wednesdays
Every Wednesday at Newbury Primary School is Waste Free Wednesday. On this day we ask that no rubbish, chip packets, cling wrap be brought to school as we try and help the environment. Think of ways you can provide a Waste Free Lunchbox for your child next time you pack lunch. Each newsletter there are new tips and tricks for how each student can minimise their waste. It is also in the newsletter where the classes who have the most waste free lunches are celebrated! Go to the superstar parents and children of Newbury!
What students are saying about being Waste Free:
“Waste free Wednesdays are great so we can protect the animals in our world, because sometimes plastic can blow into the oceans and animals may die.”
“I think it is important because when we throw plastic away it will go to landfill and it will create a giant junk pile and make lots of gas which is bad for the air we breathe.”
Composting at Newbury:
At Newbury we are beginning to revitalise and re-establish our composting program with our new composting bins located near our greenhouse. Once these have been officially opened, classes will be educated about the benefits of composting and will encouraged to collect their fruit and vegetable scraps which will be thrown into our composting bins. There are many benefits of composting at Newbury and one of the best reasons is that the compost bins will provide our Kitchen Garden with extra nutrients and help our fruit, vegetables and herbs grow!
Let’s hear from some of our students explaining why composting is so important:
Suganda- Year 2
When there is a compost bin it makes some soil for your plants so that they can grow strong and healthy.
Dane – Year 3
It is really important because if you don’t compost all the scraps will go into landfill and make a lot of gases and wreck our environment. Please compost your scraps whenever you can!
We have newly added an even bigger and better greenhouse to our school facilities. A big shout our to Mr. Brett and Mr. Wayne who worked hard to construct and create an area that all students and teachers can use and take pride in. Soon students will begin using the greenhouse to plant new plants so that they can thrive in the warmer conditions before making their way into the Kitchen Garden.
Sustainability Squad- Our Sustainability Squad is a student action group that meets once a fortnight to work on making Newbury Primary School more sustainable. They focus on reducing energy consumption, water consumption, waste and increasing our school's biodiversity. They have had the opportunity to participate in incursions, Newbury News and lunch time activities.
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