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East Narrogin Primary


Sustainability Action Planning

Education for Sustainability has been a part of the activities at East Narrogin Primary since 2002 when we became a Waterwise school. Following this we became part of Department of Environment and Conservation’s Waste Wise Program in 2003, and a part of the Sustainable Schools Initiative WA (AuSSI-WA) in 2006.

Becoming part of AuSSI-WA has been extremely valuable as it has given us an ‘umbrella’ for planning a whole-school approach to Education for Sustainability. We can now see how all the programs we are engaged with link together.

We made up our own model of the AuSSI-WA ‘jigsaw puzzle’ and noted down all the programs we were offering. We discovered there were other programs / activity areas that needed to be engaged with and embedded within the school community.

Our Principal has become actively involved in the Sustainable Schools focus and through his leadership more staff members have become involved. Different staff members have taken responsibility for different aspects of grant writing, resourcing and implementing projects such as:

  • Coordination of recycling within the school
  • Wastewise
  • Waste-free lunches
  • Reducing salinity in the local area through revegetation activities
  • Installation of rainwater tanks
  • ‘Electricity Detectives’ initiative

 

Education for Sustainability principles are going to be used to design and redevelop the Quadrangle within the school. We are also looking at becoming a ‘Solar School’.

The Principal is the programs coordinator and the school also has a Grounds/Sustainable Schools Committee. The aim is for the committee to meet prior to school council meetings. Teachers working on different areas report to the Principal who in turn reports to the staff and Student Council.

Professional Development

  • AuSSI-WA
  • Waste Wise professional learning – via the internet, which staff found to be an excellent method

Policy

East Narrogin Primary has Waste Wise and Waterwise policies, and a draft Sustainability Policy (‘Action Plan’) has been developed for the school.

East Narrogin Primary
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