At St Andrew’s Catholic College, we have a Junior Years with over seven hundred students. Each class from Year 1 to Year 5 have an SRC leader elected (Student Representative Council). Last term these hard working students decided to help tackle the large amount of garbage which was being thrown away and going straight to landfill. Inspired by ABC’s War on Waste, we conducted our own small scale garbage audit which tangibly demonstrated where we needed to start.
With invaluable advice from Scott Paterson and Michelle O’Loughlin from Cairns Regional Council, we decided to focus on three areas; collecting vegetable and fruit waste to go to our school’s worm farm, recycling hard plastics and paper, and finally to stop children bringing soft plastics to school in the first place.
A main feature in our program is that, not only are the wonderful class teachers supporting this move, but we are also reinforcing this by teaching all students how to recycle in our Japanese classes. Our SRC students helped produce a movie called ‘Don’t bring plastic to school’, which was entirely in Japanese. All students will learn the theme song in their Japanese classes while learning about how recycling works, not only at our school, but also in Japan.
We will teach students key words and phrases for recycling too so that students can use this language as they go about their daily recycling in Term Four.
頑張りたいと思います! (We will do our best to make it work).