Sustainability savvy

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Health -

NEW­MAN Ju­nior Col­lege Mar­ian Cam­pus (Floreat/church­lands) stu­dents are learn­ing to be ‘waste wise’ from an early age and have a stu­dent and staff com­mit­tee ded­i­cated to waste re­duc­tion and sustainability.

Waste Wise co-or­di­na­tor and teacher leader Nikita Shaw said the early child­hood cam­pus had worm farms, gar­den beds and re­cy­cling projects the whole school com­mu­nity was in­volved in.

“The ma­jor­ity of pa­per goes We’ve got some great tips for re­duc­ing waste in school lunches. Read more at into the re­cy­cling and it has made a huge change to the way we re­cy­cle pa­per,” she said.

“It’s im­por­tant for the kids to be aware of sustainability from pre-kindy and pre-pri­mary age; the en­vi­ron­men­tal im­pact that we’re see­ing is huge now and if Pic­ture: An­drew Ritchie kids don’t learn this from an early age then we’ll be in a lot of trou­ble.

“Be­ing waste wise is also a big part of the cur­ricu­lum; we have to be teach­ing it and it cov­ers many as­pects of the cur­ricu­lum.”

The school re­ceived a grant through WA Waste Au­thor­ity's Waste Wise School pro­gram two years ago, which kick-started its sustainability ef­forts.

Ms Shaw said the next step was to fur­ther in­volve par­ents and the com­mu­nity in the school’s sustainability projects.

“The kids love do­ing it and learn­ing about it and hope­fully it con­tin­ues on in the home en­vi­ron­ment,” she said.

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New­man Ju­nior Col­lege Waste Wise co-or­di­na­tor Nikita Shaw and stu­dents Si­mone Smith, Abi­gail Rin­grose, Ni­cholas Di Bi­ase and Aaron Stan­nard.

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