Sustainability

Edgewater Primary School places great importance on sustainable processes and practices within our school and the local community.

Our aim is to raise our students' awareness of environmental issues and empower them to make a difference as good global citizens. As a result, the school has implemented a number of initiatives and programmes in order to make a real impact on our environment.

 

Sustainablity Team

To help drive the school towards a culture of sustainability, a team consisisting of staff, student leaders and our gardener has been established. A student leadership team has been assembled which consists of six Year Six students. This presents them with opportunties to work within the school and community, allowing them to have their student voice heard. The Sustainability Team is working hard to create a more ecologically and environmentally friendly school and wider community.


General Paper Recycling

Purpose built paper recycling mini wheelie bins have been placed in each classroom and cardboard recycling bins are next to each printer. These are regularly emptied into our bulk paper recycling bin.

 

Water Wise and Waste Wise 

Edgewater Primary School is an accredited Water Wise and Waste Wise school. As such we provide teaching and learning experiences to educate our students about water conservation and reducing the waste going to landfill as part of our respect and care for our environment.

 

Solar Panels

There are over 90 solar PV panels installed on the roof of the Early Childhood Centre to reduce our reliance on

PV solar panels

grid power and provide opportunities for students to monitor the

electricity that is generated, and then compare with the total electricity used by the school. During 2023 these will be upgraded to a much larger system that will assist with minimising the cost of energy.

 

Small Battery Recycling
Together with the City of Joondalup, we collect for recycling, small domestic batteries. They can be sent to the office in a ziplock bag for easy disposal.

 

Can Recycling

Edgewater Primary School recycles any cans or cartons through Containers for Change, which provide the school with 10c per can. This money is then utilised to fund future sustainable projects throughout the school and community.

 

Coffee Cup Recycling

We have also partnered with 7-Eleven to participate in the Cup Rescue Community Program. This program aims to reduce the millions of coffee cups that end up in landfill each year. To get involved, all you need to do is place your used paper coffee cup in one of the recycling units that can be located around the school. These can be found in the undercover area and near the library. So, "Flip, Tip and Sip" so that we can do our part to prevent these cups going to waste!

 

Recycling Hubs

Each of our school clusters are now home to our new 'Recycling Hubs'. These are set up so that students and families can recycling things such as old stationery, plastic bread tags and bottle lids and aluminium ring pulls. So, if you have these items laying around at home, place them into the correct drawer of the Recycling Hub and allow us to give them a new, environmentally-friendly purpose.

 

Sustainable Events

We aim to raise awareness, knowledge and promote further education about all areas of sustainability via school-wide events. Such events include Walk and Ride Safely to School Day, Waste Free Lunch Days and celebrating World Environment Day. Through these events we hope to instill the importance of a sustainable way of living. Please keep an eye on SchoolStar, Connect, the school newsletter and any other forms of communication for when these events may arise.

 

Gardening

Our Sustainability Team works alongside our school gardener to maintain two areas: our Vegetable Garden and our Bush Tucker Garden. In the Vegetable Garden, we grow fresh fruit, vegetables and herbs which are then utilised in our school canteen. The purpose behind this is to try to minimise the amount of store-bought products in the hope of reducing our school's overall wastage. Our Bush Tucker Garden is home to a variety of local and native plants, many of which hold significance within Aboriginal culture. In the future, we aim to use this area as a learning resource, where students and the wider community can engage themselves in learning more about native flora and it's importance to Indigenous communities.


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