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