St Edward’s was amongst twelve other NSW public and private schools to come together and share what each of their schools are currently doing to promote a more ecological and sustainable school environment.
Students from each school were given the opportunity to present throughout the day on what environmental initiatives were working at their schools and areas that needed improvement. It was a collaborative and informative conference and a great opportunity for our students to engage with other schools.
A highlight was a talk given by Costa Georgiadis – he gave a passionate presentation inspiring the boys to continue to care for their environment in their schools as future custodians of the planet.
Costa suggested we engage with our community – we have specialists in our community, our parents, carers, aunts, uncles, grandparents etc. We have an opportunity to brainstorm and learn from our peers. An active community = a supportive community.
Our students reflected on the day and came up with an action plan to be achieved by 2025. The main goal of this action plan is to change the culture within the school so that most students support the environmental initiatives that are in place, with Trash Free Tuesday being one of these initiatives.
We look forward to discussing and sharing these ideas at our next portfolio meeting and introducing other initiatives at the College. We seek to create an awareness that will follow students beyond school life and into their households. If there are parents or carers who have any ideas or feedback that they would like to share with the portfolio, please email Mr Gentle firstname.lastname@example.org
Mrs Kylie Beynon
Environment, Sport and Wellbeing Committee Member
Trash Free Tuesday – Mufti Day
Students are encouraged to wear mufti (casual) clothes in conjunction with Trash Free Tuesday on Tuesday 4 August, but to do so students must bring a trash free lunch. If students do not have a trash free lunch on the day but are wearing mufti, they are asked to make a gold coin donation or alternatively be given a clean up slip. Money collected will be used to go towards purchasing another filtered water station for the College.
Trash Free Tuesday’s main message is to reduce single use plastics and to encourage healthy lunchbox options.