Coolbinia Primary has been an active member of the Sustainable Schools WA since 2009. This means we seek to reduce our impact on the Earth by Eco Footprint actions related to caring for Biodiversity, and being Waterwise, Wastewise, TravelSmart/Your Move and EnergySmart, as described below.
UN Decade of Ecosystem Restoration
2021-2030 is the United Nations Decade of Ecosystem Restoration. This decade offers an opportunity for job creation, food security and aggressively mitigating climate change. Many of the world’s ecosystems have undergone significant degradation with negative impacts on biological diversity and people’s’ livelihoods. Through ecosystem restoration, oceans, lakes, rivers, forests, and other landscapes can improve their productivity and capacity. This restoration could remove as much as 26 gigatons of greenhouse gases from the atmosphere and generate trillions of dollars in the form of ecosystem services.
At Coolbinia PS students, parents and the wider community are encouraged to participate in biodiversity actions that support ecosystem restoration through five main approaches:
1. Working with the Coolbinia Bushland Friends group to restore our unique school bushland, with a focus on the removal of weeds.
2. Tree planting programs at school and in other local areas of need.
3. Collecting tree height and density data using AI in Digital Technologies lessons to inform planting programs and monitor ecosystems.
4. Engaging with the Stephanie Alexander Kitchen Garden Foundation program using class garden beds.
5. Supporting our 200 Tonne Plan to reduce carbon emission by 200 tonnes during the implementation of our current School Business Plan/CCP Operational Plan.
If you require further information about Coolbinia’s contributions to the UN Decade of Ecosystem Restoration or wish to support our actions in any way, please have a chat with Elaine Lewis or email: Elaine.Lewis@education.wa.edu.au
On Friday 26 February representatives from the Water Corporation will attend our Assembly to present a certificate recognising ten years as an active Waterwise school. Students in Year 3 participate in Waterwise rosters throughout the year to ensure verandah plants are watered, bird baths are filled, frog habitat maintenance is conducted and leaks reported.
A very exciting happening this term is the Your Move Festival, to be held on Friday 12 March. All classes will be involved in a wide range of activities that support active lifestyles, such as bike ed, skateboarding, road safety. Our usual Your Move events, like Fume Free Fridays and National Ride 2 School Day, will of course continue too, under the guidance of our enthusiastic Year 4 students. Watch this space.
As an active Wastewise school, there are many recycling programs in operation:
• food waste (worm farming and composting bins)
• old toothbrushes & oral care items (no cardboard toothpaste boxes )
• mobile phones
• plastic bread bag clips & plastic bottle tops
• old writing implements
• old pairs of glasses
• plastic bottles & aluminium cans (huge blue bin in early childhood undercover area, EC U/C; )
• paper and cardboard (toothpaste boxes can be recycled here now; EC U/V)
Our school recycling bins may be found at the Kwobadarn (student kitchen), except where indicated.
In addition, the school supports Nude Food lunches and Schools Clean Up Day. Nude Food refers to having no packaging in children’s lunchboxes, while Schools Clean Up Day involves all classes participating in clean-up activities on Friday 5 March.
Year 5 students are our amazing Wastewise Warriors for 2021. Watch out for their engaging Wastewise initiatives throughout this year.
Year 6 students manage the school’s EnergySmart program. They encourage everyone to ‘switch off’ when electricity is not needed and promote Earth Hour. This term we will be celebrating Earth Hour on Saturday 27 March at 8.30-9.30pm. By switching off your lights for Earth Hour, you’ll be joining millions of Australians taking part in the largest global environmental movement.