Sustainability on the syllabus

Sustainability on the syllabus

Geography teacher Tracy Smith and food and health teacher Elise Gaglio decided to make sustainability a priority at the school when they found some students lacked empathy towards the environment as well as sustainable behaviours, skills and knowledge.

‘Although the concept of sustainability has been around for a while, it is great to see it become a crucial part of the national curriculum and within our college in recent years,’ Ms Smith said.

They found sustainable ideas to implement around the campus and created partnerships with other schools, leading the college to gain waste-wise, waterwise and AuSSI-WA (Australian Sustainable Schools Initiative WA) statuses. Ms Smith said they introduced a sustainability policy in 2013 that encouraged all courses to include sustainable lessons and activities.

‘Opportunities are plentiful for students to be involved in sustainable events, such as Plant a Tree day, revitalising local sand dunes, Keep Australia Beautiful week, implementing a market garden, worm garden, composting and all types of recycling (paper, plastics, phones, batteries),’ she said.

‘The sustainability expo “MSC’s Green Day ” was held on July 31 and is an annual event aimed to inspire and reinforce students’ knowledge and understanding.’

Other stalls included one by students to ‘make your own makeup scrub’ using household products such as recycled coffee grounds, oats and honey.