School goes greener


The Advocate (Perth) - - NEWS -

DAY­TON’S River­lands Montes­sori School has started a re­cy­cling rev­o­lu­tion in an at­tempt to be­come more sus­tain­able.

The school, which was reg­is­tered as a Wa­ter­wise School last year, has placed coloured bins around the school to en­cour­age chil­dren and par­ents to bring items that can be re­cy­cled.

The project is only one of the ini­tia­tives the school has un­der­taken to be sus­tain­able, with each class also hav­ing its own worm farm and out­door com­posters.

Deputy prin­ci­pal Ian Chap­man said the projects would help teach stu­dents to be wise about waste and con­sider what they were putting into land­fill.

“The chil­dren now see the many ben­e­fits in the way the school re­cy­cles and reuses prod­ucts that were pre­vi­ously thrown into bins at home and sent to land­fill,” he said.

“The whole jour­ney for us is to pro­vide a pos­i­tive fu­ture for our chil­dren and a healthy planet on which to live for many years to come.”

Each class has gar­den beds to care for and scraps are fed to the school’s chick­ens, with the eggs used in the school’s cook­ing pro­grams.

Prin­ci­pal Ineke Oliver said the school’s ethos was to nur­ture the com­mu­nity and en­vi­ron­ment.

“We would like to think we are pro­vid­ing a pos­i­tive in­flu­ence for the wider com­mu­nity in years to come,” he said.

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