Worms turn on waste

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - OPINION -

STAFF and stu­dents at Vic­to­ria Park Chris­tian School are do­ing their bit to make the world more sus­tain­able.

The school re­ceived $2184 for a new re­cy­cling sys­tem, a worm farm and gardening equip­ment, which has helped it turn around its ap­proach to the en­vi­ron­ment.

Pre-pri­mary teacher Re­bekah Eyre, who heads up the school’s Waste Wise Com­mit­tee, said she wanted the stu­dents to un­der­stand what it meant to be en­vi­ron­men­tally friendly.

“I’ve worked in early child­hood for about 10 years and sus­tain­abil­ity has be­come a buzz word but I wanted to trans­form what the school was do­ing,” she said.

“I want the stu­dents to feel the im­por­tance of look­ing af­ter the planet and it links to Chris­tian ethics.

“We’ve got about six or seven stu­dents on the com­mit­tee, as well as par­ents and teach­ers, so it has a com­mu­nity feel.”

Ms Eyre said the school was in the process of get­ting chick­ens, which would eat or­ganic waste such as vegie scraps and lay eggs.

“We are also get­ting more gar­den beds so we can grow our own ve­g­ies to eat and cook with,” she said.

“We have 3kg of worms in the worm farm, which is about 3000 worms, and ev­ery stu­dent in the school gets the chance to look af­ter the worm farm on dif­fer­ent days.”

Dur­ing July, su­per­mar­ket gi­ants Coles and Wool­worths fi­nally an­nounced they would phase out sin­gle-use plas­tic bags over the next 12 months. A huge thank you to all our read­ers for sup­port­ing our Cleaner Com­mu­ni­ties cam­paign!

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