Our Eco Journey !
St Augustine’s Primary school is a rural school situated in gold country - Creswick, Victoria.
With a view of Spring Hill , the school and it’s back oval sits in between a creek and the town’s surrounding forest.
St Augustine’s primary school began their ResourceSmart AuSSI Vic journey in 2009 along with two neighbouring primary schools after receiving a science grant.
The school has an active student eco - action team - “Eco Saints” who meet fortnightly to discuss and act on making a positive difference to the school’s sustainablility journey.
We also have an adult team who provide ongoing support to improving the school grounds and sustainable initiatives.
The school has been successful in setting up a waste reduction program where by the school community sort their waste for re-using and recycling before considering it as rubbish.
Monitoring energy use has become a priority and the Eco Saints have now set up an Earth Credit and Debit system in each classroom using clay - seeded balls.
Students are also monitor energy use across the school to display the successful efforts of each class in a central space of the school building.
Weekly sustainable tips are also added to the newsletter for sustainable practices to be encouraged in the home.
St Augustine’s primary school have also established relationships with local community groups such as the Creswick Railway Workshops and Goods Shed Committee and the largest walking group in Creswick town.
Members of the Creswick Railway Goods Shed Committee have recently assisted the students to make a range of nesting boxes to place around the school to invite and accommodate migratory and local wildlife.
Members of the walking group have shared their discoveries of old broken china and gem stones which they have found along tracks highlighting both the historical and geological significance of the town.
The school community has also been successful in recently receiving a $50, 000 grant to solar panels on the school hall which will assist to reduce our energy use greatly over the coming years.
All of the above actions are now setting new directions for ongoing review of our Strategic Environmental Management Plan.
The priority focus will now be to build on future goals to reduce energy use and increase biodiversity in the school’s grounds.