Frederick Irwin Anglican School’s First Eco-Committee
“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed, citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.” ― Margaret Mead
This year we have established our first Eco-Committee at Frederick Irwin Anglican School. A group of passionate, determined individuals have been recruited from Years 3-6 to help us do our bit to save our beautiful planet. The group have, without complaint, given up their own lunchtimes in order to get the committee up and running and as a result we now have many exciting initiatives happening within the Primary School.
With the help of Waste Wise we completed a Waste Audit to see how well our school manages waste and recycling and we have identified several areas for improvement. We now have specific bins that will allow us to recycle, compost or dispose of rubbish more efficiently and with the help of parent, Karen Rowe, we have set up a plastic bag recycling station where people can dispose of their excess plastic bags.
Our Eco-Committee has organised assemblies to raise awareness of reusing and recycling within our classrooms as well as running a special ‘Professional Development’ session for the Primary teaching staff.
The committee also had the privilege of attending the annual Kids Teaching Kids Conference in September. We spent the first day at Mandurah Yacht Club participating in a range of student led workshops which raised awareness of important environmental issues.
Next year we look forward to becoming a presenting school and running workshops for other students. The second day was spent at Baldivis Children’s Forest where we planted trees and were taught a little more about the wildlife around us.
2017 will be a very exciting year for the Eco-Committee now we are fully established and bursting with innovative ideas.
Mrs Lindsay More (Year 5 Teacher) and the Eco-Committee
Secondary Frederick Irwin Anglican School students will also be establishing their Eco-Committee from the start of 2017.