Department of Education

Sustainable Schools WA

Sustainable Schools WA

Bridgetown High


Activity

Strong community partnerships are often important in the successful implementation of Education for Sustainability (EfS) programs, but rural schools in particular can really benefit from local support.

Bridgetown High School benefits from the support and partnership of the following local organisations:

  • Blackwood Valley Landcare – provided funds towards a mulcher for the school and funded artworks based on native plants for the school’s Commemorative Garden (Bridgetown High’s 50th Anniversary)
  • Bridgetown Environmental Society – shares a Community Nursery on site at the school and supports students in seedling propagation and revegetation projects.

“In a rural community it is important to use local community links as much as possible. Don’t try and reinvent the wheel - use local resources and expertise.” Jo Bayne, Sustainability Coordinator, 2005/6

The school’s rural setting provides an opportunity for students to promote worm farming in the community. In line with the town’s apple-growing history, the school is promoting a design for an ‘apple crate worm farm’. Year 8 students developed a brochure, incorporating design instructions, for Bridgetown’s Small Landholders Group.

Curriculum Links: Values 4. Social and civic responsibility (4.1 - Participation and citizenship; 4.2 - Community; 4.4 - Contribution); Values 5. Environmental responsibility (5.2 – Conservation of the environment; 5.3 - Sustainable development)

Curriculum Links: Society and Environment (Place and Space); Science (Investigating; Life and Living); Technology and Enterprise (Information)

Students’ bin design includes separate compartments for paper, plastics, food and other.

Bridgetown High’s paper, cardboard, food scraps and newspaper is diverted to the school worm farm with excess taken to the local recycling depot by the school gardener. The school has also negotiated with the Shire to pick up plastics for recycling.

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