Our vision is to actively engage students, staff and the community in developing a sustainable environment which fosters and inspires best practice and emphasises the importance of preparing and empowering individuals to become responsible for contributing to a sustainable future.
Our Student Waste Management Team
Beaumaris Primary School – Energy Learning story
At Beaumaris PS we have been reducing our school’s energy use through student involvement in “switch off” routines and through learning.
POWER RANGERS at Beaumaris PS
The Year 5 and 6 sustainability leaders conducted an energy audit to see how many classes have turned off lights, heaters, fans, computers, interactive whiteboards and power switches at lunchtime.
They hosted a teaching conference with the Power Rangers from each class within the school explaining the energy checklist and their role in the classroom as a Power Ranger.
These students coordinate and train two Power Ranger monitors from each of 24 classes, Prep – 6:
- Checking that lights and heaters/coolers, interactive whiteboards and computers are turned off when everyone is leaving the room
- This is done at recess and lunchtime as well as after school
- Monitors meet fortnightly with year 6 Power Rangers to discuss progress, day to day operations and deal with any difficulties/hiccups
- Senior students write a brief report for the school newsletter periodically, including energy tips for families to implement at home
- Junior students make brief presentation at assembly to remind everyone of the importance to “switch off”
Year 5 and 6 students updated all the posters and made sure all classes and offices had the necessary signage for energy reduction. The sustainability leaders conducted another audit after the Power Rangers were implemented in the school and compared the results.
The next step is to monitor the energy usage using the energy bills before and after the Power Rangers were implemented.
Learning about Energy in the curriculum – Year 6
Investigate natural processes and how we react to them
Natural processes: Drought, floods, bushfires, cyclones, earthquakes, volcanoes, erosion, rainfall etc.
E.g. bushfires in Australia – better warning system & emergency updates via news services
Explore and describe how humans have affected the environment
Positive: farming, use of renewable/clean energy sources, desalination plants, recycling, carbon neutral projects & green architecture, national and marine parks/national and world heritage sites, water catchment areas etc.
Negative: pollution, deforestation & land clearing, pesticides, over hunting & endangered species, mining, urban sprawl, plastic bags
Explore and describe environmental issues and possible solutions
Pollution, soil degradation, reliance on fossil fuels, introduced species, landfill etc.
Pollution solution e.g. SA bottle refund scheme/Desalination plants etc.
1. What are the ways in which we generate energy currently?
2. How is climate change the result of the way we currently generate energy?
3. What cleaner ways are there to generate energy (i.e that won't produce greenhouse gases)?
4. What are the best ways we can use less energy? Create a list of tips that will inspire others to reduce their energy use.
Our sustainability journey
In our efforts to become a rubbish free school we have now removed all bins from the yard except our compost bucket. While strongly encouraging all families to provide “Nude food” for their children, we understand that this is not always possible for 100% of their lunch. Our students are encouraged to eat and dispose of any packaging while inside, where they have access to 4 bins:
COMINGLED RECYCLING SOFT PLASTIC COMPOST LANDFILL
On canteen days we have a new system in place for over the counter sales, with a tub available at the canteen for “wet” packaging such as icy pole packets and frozen yoghurt tubs and spoons, but any other wrappers go in their pocket, then into the appropriate bin inside.
Every class has two “Bin Busters”, monitors who are part of our school wide Waste Warriors team, and these students have participated in activities to educate themselves and their classmates about disposing of waste correctly.
Some of them also helped put together a slideshow to help everyone understand the new procedure. Please click HERE to view their fabulous work.
If you would like to read all about our Eco Footprinting - run through art classes - please click here
Click on the link below to read all about the process we are going through to become a more sustainable school.
Click here to read through our current BPS Sustainability Policy