Sustainability is important to the way we live and we want it to become intrinsic to our students everyday learning. With the support of CERES and the Whittlesea council, we’re really confident our school will become a great role model of sustainability within the Epping North community.
Harvest Home Primary School is part of the ResourceSmart program offered by Sustainability Victoria that supports Victorian schools to embed sustainability across the school facilities, community and curriculum, while saving resources and money for the school.
Facilitation and support
- Sustainability experts support schools on their journey to embed sustainability into operations and provide support on how to measure and track their school’s progress. The service is free and open to every Victorian school.
- Schools can receive Sustainability Certification and can enter the ResourceSmart Schools Awards to be recognised and rewarded for school activities and achievements.
- Schools learn to operate more sustainably; reducing costs to save on electricity, water and waste bills – and greenhouse gas emissions to minimise their impact on the environment.
- Schools work through the ResourceSmart Schools program and create a unique environmental management system tailored to their needs.
- Schools are assisted to embed sustainability into all learning areas and levels of the Victorian curriculum.
Students explored and found out about renewable energy. They researched and explored the benefits of renewable energy and the impact it can have on the planet. During the exploring stage, students designed and built wind powered cars. They used a range of recycled items that would have ended up in landfill. The students in year five and six even got to race their wind cars!
Students in grade 5 participated in an energy audit. To discover the energy usage and comparison of different learning areas how much light is being emitted. How much power is being used in each community and using scientific equipment like lux metres and digital thermometers to calculate the temperature of the rooms
Our Foundation students, they have been learning about waste and materials. They have discovered what things are made of and where they go once placed in the correct bins. Student’s played a game called ‘Trash and Stash,’ an interactive game teaching students the importance of recycling and reducing our planet’s waste.
We have explored how paper is made and looked at the effects of plastic on our environment. Engaging in an epic game of Rock Paper Scissors, the students won Hands down!!!
This Year at Harvest Home Primary School, students have been exploring and learning about water through a range of curriculum-based and extra-curricular activities.
For National Water Week (19-25th October), students were provided with the opportunity to try out several activities, including a water footprint quiz, water-saving tips, and a short film competition.