Welcome to our new sustainability page! A place where you can not only check in and keep up to date with what’s happening with Aireys Inlet Primary Schools sustainable school activities but also check out all our endeavours and achievements in working towards a Resource Smart Schools accreditation.
Our Unique Environment
At Aireys Inlet Primary School we have a long history of learning in and about the environment where we live. We love nothing more than getting out and about in our beautiful area of the world. Whether it’s looking for orchids and yam daisies in the schools own bush sanctuary, working with community groups down at the river or discovering sea creatures as we ramble around the rock pools at the marine sanctuary on our doorstep. In this unique learning environment, students enjoy a connectedness to the world around them which truly gives them a greater understanding of the issues we face on our planet today.
At Aireys Inlet Primary School, students learn about being environmentally responsible. As a result, sustainability and care for the environment are embedded firmly in the culture of the school. The school community’s passion around these issues is reflected in the teaching and learning programs. In addition to taking from local indigenous practices of caring for the land, the students frequently engage with local community and environmental interest groups. Add this to staff development on sustainability learning and students have a wide range of knowledge to draw on in understanding how they can make a difference.
By reducing our use of all consumables we use, we are working towards minimising our overall environmental footprint.
We aim to achieve this firstly by being aware of how we impact on our environment. Secondly
by giving our staff and students the tools to:
- reduce water consumption,
- be mindful of energy consumption,
- minimise waste to landfill
- manage school resources, such as paper, printing, plastics etc., by reducing, reusing and recycling
- increase biodiversity by removing weeds, planting indigenous flora and creating wildlife habitats within our school grounds,
- engage the wider community to work with and educate students in their natural surrounding,
- engage students through curriculum-based learning and other activities promoted through the school community.
- encourage students to take their sustainability learning outcomes home and implement them outside the school,
- develop the notion of Global Citizenship