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​Green light for Back to School

​Green light for Back to School
Thursday, 30 January 2020

Working towards a carbon neutral future, we are calling on our students and community to get involved and support our environmental initiatives.

Environmental Captains

Our ‘Green Team’ is a group of students with an environmental passion. They have initiated planting bees, environment and waste audits that have contributed to our overall environmental improvement plan.

Don’t Waste the Future!

Our collection of waste will radically improve in 2020. Bins in classrooms and staffrooms will be a thing of the past and new waste stations will allow separate disposal of recyclables, organics, paper & cardboard. The Junior School is leading the organics charge as they already have a commercial worm farm and they also compost food scraps to nourish their vegetable garden.

Wetlands and Wildlife Habitats

Our avenue of eucalypt trees lining the entrance drive is now well established. On one side of the drive the ground works for the new tennis/hockey facility and soccer pitch underway and across the drive a new storm water detention basin will collect water run off and is being developed as a wetland precinct.
 
A generous donation of $10,000 from the Barb Martin Bushbank Nursery will fund the purchase of plants to act as water filters, beautify and attract wildlife to the new wetlands. The community will have an opportunity to be involved in the creation of this great space at a planting day in April.
 
A protea garden that was planted by teacher Sian Adnam and groups of students in 2019 is looking lush. As well as providing a splendid array of flowers it will provide a great habitat for small animals and insects.

Solar Success

In June 2017 we installed over 700 rooftop solar panels that feed into a licensed Low Voltage Electrical Substation. The substation converts high voltage power into low voltage which can be used by the school and excess energy is distributed through the grid. To date this system has saved an impressive 420 tonnes of CO2 emissions which roughly equates to saving three million kilometres of car travel or 11,000 trees.



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