At Evatt Primary School, we are committed to a sustainable future for our students. We believe that engaging in sustainability practices as a whole school not only produces positive outcomes for our environment now but also teaches students ways to practically care for our planet into the future.
Evatt Primary School is working on a variety of ways to reduce our carbon footprint.
As part of our Positive Behaviours for Learning program, we have implemented a ‘B-Tree’, which is a play on words of our break times, B1 and B2. B-Tree will be an additional break time awarded to two classes per term and classes will be able to plant a small tree in our Evatt grove.
The Sustainability Squad is an elected group of students who liase with the school on sustainability projects and assist in the implementation of these projects.
As part of our sustainability programs, Evatt has three dedicated spaces for gardens in the school grounds: an Indigenous garden with plants native to Australia, a sensory garden where students can explore their senses and a kitchen garden where students have the opportunity to grow plants that can be used in cooking.
We are in the process of implementing a ‘Waste Hub’ system to reduce waste to landfill in the school. Each classroom will have set of bins to assist students in classroom waste management, and hubs will also be available out on the playground. Each hub will have dedicated bins for waste to landfill, compost, clean paper, mixed recyclables, Container Deposit Scheme (CDS) items, and soft plastics. The Sustainability Squad will manage these hubs and ensure students are using them correctly.
Waste to landfill bins: anything that cannot be placed in other bins, e.g. straws.
Compost: Food items that can be composted, e.g. fruit and vegetable scraps, crusts from sandwiches.
Clean Paper: paper items without food or other contaminants, e.g. scrap paper students have used for planning or paper offcuts.
Mixed Recyclables: disposable plastic containers, contaminated paper products, cans etc.
CDS Items: drink containers marked with the 10c icon.
Soft plastics: clean, dry, soft plastic items such as glad wrap, chip packets, biscuit packets, etc.