Sustainability and Environmental Education
GK has the prestigious honour of being awarded a Specialised School Grant to continue improving its Science and Environmental Education program. This includes establishing a water sensitive urban design within the existing indigenous gully area. This will take the form of storm water catchment areas which allow students and staff to watch how landscapes change in different weather situations.
Since 2008 Glen Katherine Primary School has been involved in the Australian Sustainable Schools Initiative (AuSSI). The school community has been working towards improving its ecological footprint in the areas of:
The school has now been accredited with its 4 STARS! This means in 2012 GK can begin the final process of becoming a 5 STAR SUSTAINABLE SCHOOL!
Some of the school initiatives undertaken by the school community include:
- Whole school composting of food scraps;
- Worm farming and production of worm juice;
- Planting of indigenous trees in collaboration with Banyule Council;
- Maintenance of GK Gully allowing it to become a rich, diverse environment;
- Whole school recycling program;
- Increased awareness of how we use energy (electricity/gas) around the school and how it can be improved;
- Installation of water tanks and use of rainwater in toilet facilities.
GK is very proud of its achievements but we are working really hard to do better. We look forward to making these improvement and showcasing our wonderful work in 2012!
The GK Gully is located next to the Science Room and is a wonderful resources for students and teachers to use in their environmental explorations.After 10 years of hard work, what was once a dry, forgotten dust bowl in the corner of the school is now a rich environment of biodiversity including a pond, worm farms, composts, hothouse, rain tank and vegetable patches surrounded by native and indigenous plants. The students enjoy their gully time very much and find it a peaceful place to stop and enjoy the natural environment. In conjunction with Banyule Council, students regularly engage in planting indigenous shrubs and plants throughout the school.
We do not inherit the earth from ancestors, but are custodians for our children.