St. Patrick’s School is a Green – Gold Enviro School
The decision to become an Enviro-school arose from a concern about the waste the school was producing. We could also see how well it fitted with our Special Character and the call to look after the world we have in our care. We were very proud to achieve firstly the Bronze award in December 2008, and following on from this, the Silver award in August 2010. At the end of 2016 we were very proud to be awarded Green-Gold Status. We grow our own vegetables which we utilise in classroom learning and also sell to our community to cover the cost of replacement plants.
We have a chicken coop for which we won a special award for design and build and a worm farm to reduce waste. All staff are involved and a passionate enviro team leads 90 children in the enviro-groups who each commit one lunchtime once a fortnight to tend the gardens, chickens and other various aspects of enviro-school life. Our native bush is added to each year when every new entrant adds a plant with the help of a Year 6 pupil.
As part of our culture to reduce waste all lunchbox rubbish is either given to our chickens and worms or sent home with the children. Each new entrant is given a snack container at their first assembly to encourage less wrappers.