Teachers across the school embed the three cross-curriculum priorities – Aboriginal, Asian and Sustainability – into their class programs. In addition to these learning experiences, the following aspects of the cross-curriculum priorities are whole school initiatives.

Given the challenges 2020 has presented the following highlights of the whole school initiatives are impressive as outlined below.

Purchasing and Waste
As a long term active Wastewise School we continued our recycling, worm farming and composting projects. New initiatives this year included the Golden Broom Award and OzHarvest, which were implemented by the Year 5 classes.

Biodiversity
Whole school tree/shrub planting happened again this year, along with class garden bed activities and associated cooking sessions. Biological Science focussed on beetles, with whole school incursions by Spineless Wonders and UWA’s dung beetle expert, Dr Jake. All classes also contributed to the creation of a new bushland book called “Kaatadjiny Boodja: Understanding our Bushland”. The River Rangers program continued, culminating in the Year 6 camp last week. The Roots and Shoots Club also met on Wednesday lunchtimes with a variety of outdoor environmental activities to engage the children.

Transport and Air Quality
The Your Move program, organised by Year 4 students, involved special events each term, together with Fume Free Fridays. The innovative ‘Your Move Stirling’ program started with community consultation and will culminate in a Your Move Festival day on 12th March next year.

Energy
Year 6 Energysmart activities in 2020 included Earth Hour, Fete stalls and ‘save electricity’ signage around the school.

Water
As a Waterwise school we celebrated our 10th anniversary this year. Year 3 classes shared watering rosters, caring for hanging baskets, bird baths and the frog habitat. Watching out for ‘leaks’ was the Waterwise focus this year.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Histories and Cultures
Neville Collard, Noongar Elder, conducted Welcome to Country and Smoking Ceremonies at Coolbinia Primary this year, along with a series of guided bush walks for different classes. Jade Dolman, Noongar artist, worked with students creating ‘beetle’ artworks, to complement our Biological Science focus on beetles. The Yirra Yaakin Theatre Company performance engaged the whole school with their Bilya Kaatijin story about caring for our waterways.

Social and Cultural Diversity
Harmony Week celebrations included an Indonesian Puppetry incursion and multicultural dress-up day. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander dolls and other resources were purchased for early childhood classes.

Community Partnerships
Partnerships with Sustainable Schools WA, City of Stirling, CSIRO STEM Professionals in Schools, the South East Regional Centre for Urban Landcare, the WA Chapter of the Australian Association for Environmental Education, the One World Centre and Acacia Living were key contacts that helped us implement innovative learning programs and care for others and the environment throughout 2020. Sincere thanks to all our community partners.

Economics and the Built Environment
The school’s 200 Tonne Carbon Emission Reduction Plan was achieved this term, providing savings to the school through our solar power system, recycling activities, use of rainwater, and the other sustainability actions implemented by the school.

Student and Staff Wellbeing
The Positive Behaviour Support and Be You programs are the initiatives that support whole school wellbeing. Before, during and after school clubs also contributed to student wellbeing, providing a wide range of interesting activities for students to join.

Congratulations and thanks to all students, staff, parents and community members who enabled the success of these outstanding learning experiences.