A sustainable school

In 2001 Antonio Park Primary School was invited to become a pilot school for the Sustainable Schools program, one of twenty schools across Victoria. The Sustainable Schools program is co-ordinated by The Gould League and CERES Environmental Park in Victoria with links to other Australian states and territories. The program provides a holistic approach, so that schools do not see each area in isolation, but as part of the bigger picture of sustainability.

The program deals with four key areas relating to sustainability; waste and litter, energy use, water use and biodiversity in the school. In 2002 at Antonio Park we looked at sustainability education, linking key aspects of integrated units of work at each level.

This year we are focussing on waste and litter, linking key aspects to our integrated units of work and working towards becoming a Waste Wise School. Already we have reduced our waste by over 50%. Our school is looking at various initiatives to reduce our waste, recycle and reuse materials. Along with our chooks and goats, we are using our food waste to feed our worm farm and compost bins. Each class has Environmental Leaders who have the role of modelling the best environmental and waste practices for our school. Water and energy use programs will be built on in the coming years. Antonio Park Primary School is working towards a sustainable future and environment for our whole school community.