Albany Primary School
||Stepping Into the Future|
|School||Albany Primary School|
||$1,000 (Excluding GST)|
||Between 60 and 120 students|
|Year/Round||2010 Round 1|
The establishment of vegetable gardens for use by students and the school community. The production of school vegetable gardens has been able to fulfil the steps in the “Stepping Into The Future- Environmental Plan” which Albany Primary’s School Environmental Management Plan (SEMP). Relearn, Review, Recharge, Renew, Reduce, Recycle. It has aided in embedding sustainable practices that encourage awareness that some behaviours may assist the environment to continue to provide a healthy lifestyle for us all.
Children are encouraged to take vegetables home to share with their families. Some students who have difficulty sitting down for longer periods in the classroom took the opportunity with teaching assistants to work in the garden beds to provide the best learning environment for all.
During an Albany Primary “Recycle Expo” the school was able to showcase its sustainable practices and included a tour of the school grounds which encompassed the vegetable garden. Informal invitation was given to local Coles supermarket management. Other schools, businesses and wider community attended.
Albany has future plans to recycle more organic waste for us in the vegetable gardens. Currently there are worm farms and compost bins in use. A waste audit is going to be conducted next school term which should generate some data.