Sustainability

Greetings students and families,

Dallas Brooks Community Primary School has just achieved our first star achievement towards becoming a Resource Smart school!

We have achieved this through learning more about recycling, composting and reducing rubbish around the school.

 

To move towards achieving our next star, we will learn more about gardening, reducing our electricity and water usage, and making our school grounds beautiful with native plants.

This is a big job and it will take time, patience, hard work and above all – a community spirit!

We are asking any volunteers to come forward. We appreciate your help!

Please see Ms Penny Howard or Ms Michelle Napolitano if you are interested.

Thank you!

Dallas Brooks Community Primary School is working towards being a Resource Smart school. We have a lot of exciting initiatives on the horizon – such as becoming active participants in Enviroweek, Earth Day and World Environment Day. These events are celebrations of nationwide and worldwide sustainability and the perfect opportunity to promote and celebrate the ways in which we care for our world and sustain and manage our school’s water, power and waste.

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We will achieve these milestones through power and water conservation, recycling, gardening and composting, and eating fresh and healthy food! Above all – we will be a Resource Smart School through working together as a school community.


We look forward to participating with students, families and staff  as our school community learns and grows towards a more sustainable future.

BIODIVERSITY MATTERS

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Melissa Doherty, Ecologist from Hume City Council, visited Dallas Brooks Community Primary School in July, 2016, and met with our student Environment Leaders and Sustainability Committee.

The flora and fauna of our school grounds were observed, and shrubs, rocks, grasses, flowers and trees were named and noted, as well as birds, insects and frogs.
Our student Environment Leaders and Sustainability Committee learnt a great deal about the Plains Grasslands ecosystem of our local native environment, and how much it has decreased over the last century, as the city of Hume infrastructure developed over the years. Many of the local native animals and plants are endangered.

Dallas Brooks Community Primary School aims to work towards the planting and ongoing care of native shrubs and trees that are natural habitats for our endangered species, thus supporting our local ecosystem and helping the wildlife to flourish. This will in turn strengthen the natural lifecycles in our environment and improve the growth and beauty of the nature of our grounds and surrounding local ecosystems.

Students and families are encouraged to pitch in for the betterment of our local wildlife. You can even help at home to support our natural environment, by:
– recycling and composting daily
– maintaining a garden with Australian Native plants, especially “Plains Grasslands” Australian Native flora, including flowering plants, rocks and shrubs.
Our school community can work together to maintain our natural world and care for our environment.

Please see our student Environment Leaders and Sustainability Committee, Ms Penny Howard and Mrs Michelle Napolitano for more information about how you can help to make a difference, both at home and at school.

Try for 5! Vegetable Challenge and Rubbish-free Lunches @DBCPS!

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Dallas Brooks Community Primary School participated in Nutrition Week Australia, October 2016.
All grades competed for the Try for 5! Challenge, tallying the vegetables they ate for snack and lunch each day. Students made an outstanding effort for the week, and our whole school tally reached over 2000, with the winning class totalling 233 vegetables!
During this week, we also had a rubbish-free day. Students were encouraged to bring rubbish-free lunches, using only reusable containers and without plastic wrappers. We were lucky to be graced with a beautiful, sunny day so that the students could enjoy a picnic outside with their healthy and sustainably packed food.
This was the first of many rubbish-free days at Dallas Brooks Community Primary School. We look forward to enjoying more days like this in the future, with a view to being rubbish-free everyday.

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