KIDS TEACHING KIDS CONFERENCE
Since 2016 Year 6 students in the sustainability leadership team have participated in the ‘Kids Teaching Kids’ conference. The conference is held at Melbourne University and Collingwood Children’s Farm. Primary and secondary school environmental leaders from across Australia join together to raise awareness and drive action on local and global environmental issues, solve common challenges together and learn how to be responsible for a sustainable future. In past years have presented a 3 minute video on global warming, conducted workshops on water and why it is such a precious commodity. Last year we performed on the main stage during the gala dinner, singing and dancing our way through water saving ideas.
BIG GREEN SCHOOL CONFERENCE
The annual Big Green Schools Conference enables Environmental Leaders from schools within Kingston and surrounds to create and deliver the big green ideas for Kingston. St Patrick’s has been part of this conference for the past four years. The students work together to create an action on how our school can be more sustainable. We have worked on reducing the waste through nude food days, composting and putting signs on the bins, and made herb plant pots from recycled During these days we are always looking at ways of reducing waste, and water and energy usage at school and home.
In 2019 St Patrick's has decided to work harder on reducing the amount of waste we produce. To assist with this, we have introduced NUDE FOOD everyday. This means students are encouraged to bring their snacks and lunch in reusable containers and always have a reusable drink bottle. Every classroom has a paper recycling bin, a compost bin (which we use to feed our chickens and also as mulch for our garden beds), and a very small landfill bin. We also recycle any hard plastics brought into the school. Students are encouraged to take the lead with our waste reduction process, by ensuring they are not bringing soft plastics in their lunchboxes.