ResourceSmart Schools – Working Towards Sustainability Certification.
This year Timboon P-12 School has registered as a Resource Smart School. ResourceSmart Schools is a Victorian Government initiative that helps schools benefit from embedding sustainability in everything they do. This involves schools taking action to minimise waste, save energy and water, promote biodiversity and reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
ResourceSmart Schools helps schools reduce costs while giving students the opportunity to learn about sustainability in a tangible and realistic environment. Although this is a whole school approach, there is a team of dedicated staff meeting several times each term working towards tracking our school’s sustainability journey. This group of staff, that call themselves the Kermit Club, are currently working through the five ResourceSmart Schools modules: core, energy, waste, water and biodiversity. In working through these modules they are identifying what the school currently does and ways to move forward and make improvements. They have also been mapping how they can incorporate sustainability into our classrooms and have applied for a $10,000 Energy Efficiency Grant for Victorian Schools.
Timboon P-12 School is working towards gaining Sustainability Certification through the ResourceSmart Schools program. We have only just begun this journey and look forward to many changes being made to reduce our impact on the environment. For more information please access the ResourceSmart Schools website, www.resourcesmartschools.vic.gov.au. Parents and students are welcome to contribute their suggestions via the suggestion box at the school office or our school Facebook page.
Keep an eye on this page for updates on our progress, hints & tips you can use at home and general information on being Resource Smart.
Update Term 1 2016
OUR RECYCLING REVOLUTION CONTINUES…..
Bright Smiles, Bright Futures recycling program - Term Three and Four
We would like to acknowledge the great work of Tamara Giblett, Caprice Baillie and Mrs McMeel in initiating, organising and implementing the TerraCycle Bright Smiles, Bright Futures program. They organised the collection of shaggy dog toothbrushes and other dental products and sent them back to TerraCycle. TerraCycle aims to collect hard-to-recycle items and recycle them in to everyday products.
Well done to the girls and also to Mrs Moriarty's Grade 3/4 class, and Mrs Poustie's Prep class who collected the most items. The money raised from this project will go towards the purchase of a resource-saving gadget for the school.
Similar waste reduction initiatives will continue within the school in 2016. In the meantime, try a bamboo toothbrush next time you purchase one, and reduce the amount of plastic that is thrown out.