Students Years 1 to 6 at Kalamunda Christian School have taken part in sessions to learn about waste management, recycling, and making good choices to support sustainability.
Fully funded by the Shire of Kalamunda, each class received two hands-on 60 minute sessions with Helen Hyde, Cleanaway Education Officer.
Between the two sessions, students were given a survey to take home to share what they’d learned with their parents and monitor changes in household recycling habits.
Helen commented that the students did extremely well in the program, with the follow up session showing that change had begun both in school and at home.
“The students are really embracing the change, and the teacher and parent feedback and surveys showed great results”, she said.
The surveys are collated and returned to the Shire of Kalamunda for further development of waste management and education programmes.
Kalamunda Christian School Year 2 teacher, Georgie Ballantine, spoke about the difference the incursion made to the students’ habits.
“In the first week they learnt that glad wrap is not sustainable, and I’ve noticed that since the first visit, many students using more sustainable options to bring their sandwiches and lunch to school.”
“The information has sunk in and made a difference”, said Mrs. Ballantine.
Cleanaway’s primary school program focuses on teaching students to ‘Reduce, Reuse and Recycle’.
“I learnt where different materials come from, and how resources are running out”, said Year 5 student, Lachlan.
“I also learnt that recycling is important, but we need to reduce and reuse as well”, he said.
The Cleanaway Primary Incursion addresses topics such as what rubbish belongs in each bin, how to reduce waste, how to decrease impact on the environment and how compost works, among other topics.
About Swan Christian Education Association, Inc. (SCEA)
SCEA is a not for profit association founded in 1981 by a group of parents seeking a quality Christian education for their children. Quickly growing, SCEA currently operate seven schools across eight campuses in Western Australia. Across the Association, approximately 600 dedicated Christian Staff support the education of approximately 4,000 students. Find out more at www.scea.wa.edu.au
About Kalamunda Christian School
Established in 1984, Kalamunda Christian School is located on Halleendale rd, Walliston and offers Pre-Kindergarten to Year 6 learning with a continuation programme at Mundaring Christian College, Southern Hills Christian College or Swan Christian College. Students discover the joy of learning in a challenging and stimulating educational environment. See more at www.kalamundacs.wa.edu.au