Our vision is to actively engage students, staff and the community in developing a sustainable environment which fosters and inspires best practice and emphasises the importance of preparing and empowering individuals to become responsible for contributing to a sustainable future.
Our Student Waste Management Team
Beaumaris Primary School – Energy Learning story
At Beaumaris PS we have been reducing our school’s energy use through student involvement in “switch off” routines and through learning.
POWER RANGERS at Beaumaris PS
The Year 5 and 6 sustainability leaders conducted an energy audit to see how many classes have turned off lights, heaters, fans, computers, interactive whiteboards and power switches at lunchtime.
They hosted a teaching conference with the Power Rangers from each class within the school explaining the energy checklist and their role in the classroom as a Power Ranger.
These students coordinate and train two Power Ranger monitors from each of 24 classes, Prep – 6:
Year 5 and 6 students updated all the posters and made sure all classes and offices had the necessary signage for energy reduction. The sustainability leaders conducted another audit after the Power Rangers were implemented in the school and compared the results.
The next step is to monitor the energy usage using the energy bills before and after the Power Rangers were implemented.
Beaumaris Primary School – Our Water Journey
We have been working very hard at Beaumaris Primary for the last few years to waste less water and teach people in our community to waste less water too.
The Majestic Plastic Bag
In 2016 as year 4s we rehearsed and performed “The Majestic Plastic Bag”, a theatrical piece which our Performing Arts teacher adapted from a YouTube video for us. We performed this to the community of Beaumaris and Bayside in full costume and with sound and visual effects. We also did a main stage performance of this piece at the Melbourne Water Kids Teaching Kids Conference at Monash University in October 2017. We were then chosen as one of only 4 schools in Australia to perform a modified version of the Majestic Plastic Bag up at QANTAS headquarters in Sydney in November 2017. We were so excited to be working with Melbourne Water and performing at Qantas!! We also promoted Boomerang Bags Bayside and the elimination of plastic bags in our performances both in the year 4 concert 2017, at Kids Teaching Kids and at the Qantas conference at their Sydney headquarters. 2017 Year 4 students made hand sewn sea creatures for a display to promote clean waterways at the official launch of Boomerang Bags Bayside at Black Rock House in 2017.
Our community is lucky to be right on the bay, so we decided to work very hard and do what we can to keep our waterways clean so the rubbish doesn’t end up in our bay. We find lots of plastic bags around our streets and at the beach so Emilia designed a petition for banning the bags. The petition was published onto a website called ‘Care2 petitions’ and her goal for her petition was to gather 10,000 signatures and she reached her goal in about 3 months. It was then sent to Green Peace and from there was sent off to parliament. Our other contribution was a digital presentation to teach kids about not wasting water. We worked on this presentation for about a month before presenting it to the whole school.
The School Community
Our school has set up a system for collecting excess water from the drink taps. We have asked the students and their families to collect ice-cream tubs to collect water from our drink taps. We use the collected water to water the plants.
We no longer have bottled water available in our canteen and we make sure every child has a refillable water bottle at school.
Our parents and grandparents who help with our gardening are going to continue planting native and indigenous plants so we can keep reducing the amount of water our garden needs.
We are a SWEP school and the notifications from SWEP help us to manage our water use when we get emails from them letting us know that usage has spiked. Our handyman and plumbers help us manage these issues and after our audit we changed over taps, toilets and we bought some more water efficient appliances such as the dishwashers.
Even though we have completed our Water Module for Resource Smart we are going to make sure we continue our efforts to keep educating our kids, parents and our community to be “Water wise”.
We are also going to hold a community screening of the new movie “Blue” so lots of people get to see what is happening to our oceans and what we need to do to help fix them.
Written by Isabella Wood, Emilia Gilroy-Smith and Lindy McManus
Learning about Energy in the curriculum – Year 6
Investigate natural processes and how we react to them
Natural processes: Drought, floods, bushfires, cyclones, earthquakes, volcanoes, erosion, rainfall etc.
E.g. bushfires in Australia – better warning system & emergency updates via news services
Explore and describe how humans have affected the environment
Positive: farming, use of renewable/clean energy sources, desalination plants, recycling, carbon neutral projects & green architecture, national and marine parks/national and world heritage sites, water catchment areas etc.
Negative: pollution, deforestation & land clearing, pesticides, over hunting & endangered species, mining, urban sprawl, plastic bags
Explore and describe environmental issues and possible solutions
Pollution, soil degradation, reliance on fossil fuels, introduced species, landfill etc.
Pollution solution e.g. SA bottle refund scheme/Desalination plants etc.
1. What are the ways in which we generate energy currently?
2. How is climate change the result of the way we currently generate energy?
3. What cleaner ways are there to generate energy (i.e that won't produce greenhouse gases)?
4. What are the best ways we can use less energy? Create a list of tips that will inspire others to reduce their energy use.
Our sustainability journey
In our efforts to become a rubbish free school we have now removed all bins from the yard except our compost bucket. While strongly encouraging all families to provide “Nude food” for their children, we understand that this is not always possible for 100% of their lunch. Our students are encouraged to eat and dispose of any packaging while inside, where they have access to 4 bins:
COMINGLED RECYCLING SOFT PLASTIC COMPOST LANDFILL
On canteen days we have a new system in place for over the counter sales, with a tub available at the canteen for “wet” packaging such as icy pole packets and frozen yoghurt tubs and spoons, but any other wrappers go in their pocket, then into the appropriate bin inside.
Every class has two “Bin Busters”, monitors who are part of our school wide Waste Warriors team, and these students have participated in activities to educate themselves and their classmates about disposing of waste correctly.
Some of them also helped put together a slideshow to help everyone understand the new procedure. Please click HERE to view their fabulous work.
If you would like to read all about our Eco Footprinting - run through art classes - please click here
Click on the link below to read all about the process we are going through to become a more sustainable school.
Click here to read through our current BPS Sustainability Policy