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Keep Victoria Beautiful

IMG_4726IMG_4728After the Judge was welcomed we tried to persuade the Judge that we are environmentally friendly. I let the Judge know we have Rubbish Free Wednesdays every week and every class has a folder with their class on it. Before school the Environmental Leaders pick up their folder and then take it to their class and collect the data.

These are the questions:

  • Who is rubbish free for snack?
  • Who is rubbish free for lunch?
  • Who is rubbish free for snack and lunch?
  • Who is rubbish free every day?
  • How many people in the class today?

After the folders are returned with the data my job is to calculate the percentages to see who wins the rubbish free trophy for the week!

The winner is announced at the Assembly on Friday mornings.

The Judge was very impressed!

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Rubbish Free Wednesday!

Rubbish Free Wednesday
Ninety people were Rubbish Free every day. It is fantastic to see so many of our students with Rubbish Free lunch boxes.

Class Rubbish free for snack and lunch
Places
4A Ms Attwell 63% Congratulations 4A WINNER
2nd…3C Ms Clarke 59%
3rd…2/3C Mrs Cockfield 58%
Equal 4th…4K Mr Kerridge and  5L Mr Lynch with 50% of the class rubbish free!

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What it means to have a Rubbish Free lunch!

I have a rubbish free lunch  every day. To have a rubbish free lunch you have to have no rubbish and no mess! My advice to you is to bring containers and then you can reuse them.

Every rubbish Free Wednesday the Environmental Leaders collect the data:

Number of students with rubbish free snack and rubbish free lunch
Number of studets with rubbish free both.
Total number of students in the class.

The winning class is announced at the Friday Assembly!

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Rubbish Free Results 28th November 2012

Rubbish Free 28th Nov 2012

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RUBBISH FREE WEDNESDAYS

Welcome to the MWPS RUBBISH FREE TROPHY 2012

I will explain Rubbish Free Wednesdays and how this links to our effort to reduce litter. 

At MWPS, every Wednesday is rubbish free day. This means that students are encouraged to bring a rubbish free lunch and snack. Rubbish free means no plastic wrapping or foil on sandwiches, no food packaged in plastic containers or food wrapped in soft plastics.

 We have rubbish free because it encourages kids not to bring rubbish to school because if they do some kids just leave the rubbish on the ground so we are trying to get kids not to bring any more rubbish to school.

To collect the data a class is picked to go around and collect the data from every class. The class that is picked is split up into groups of two and every group has classes that they are supposed to collect the data from. They get folders with classes names on the front of them and in the folder there are questions like “Who is rubbish free for snack?” or “who is rubbish free every day?”

We work out who wins by percentage so when we go around to each class we ask how many people are here on the day and how many people are rubbish free on that day. When all the data is collected all the folders go into a box and are sent to Mrs Vorwerk who works out who wins with a small team of students. The data is put in an MS Excel document and we can use this in Maths to show graphs.

We have a rubbish free trophy. At the end of every year we are asked to send in our ideas for the new trophy. This year’s trophy is very symbolic: made out of containers, little rubbish bins and many more rubbish free things. By having a trophy it encourages kids to be rubbish free all the time because whichever class has the highest percentage wins the trophy.

Lachlan presenting why we should be rubbish free as much as possible!

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Rubbish Free Wednesdays: Lunch and Snack Results 29th February 2012 : Lachlan, Hollie, Ebonee and Paige

RUBBISH FREE LUNCH RESULTS 29th February 2012!
Congratulations 4W!

We have Rubbish Free Wednesdays to reduce our waste to the landfill and then it costs our school less. What rubbish free means: re-use containers for sandwiches and snacks, put your fruit and food scraps into the yellow bucket for the worm farm and recycle any containers such as fruit boxes, yoghurt containers and anything made from hard plastic.
‘Not Rubbish Free’ is soft plastic such as cling wrap, chip packets or bar wrappers.

These are the results for Rubbish Free Wednesday last week :
140 people had a rubbish free snack and 156 had a rubbish free lunch. Our scores should improve this week as the Preps will be at school on Wednesdays from now on. There were a total of 129 people rubbish free for both snack and lunch. A total of 61 people had a rubbish free snack and lunch every day. In 4th place with 41% was 3/4H Mr. Hall’s class. Equal third place with 50% was awarded to 1/2T, Mrs. Thompson’s class and 4T, Miss Turner’s class. We had equal second place with 55% and these classes were 2M, Ms. Murray and 1A Ms Attwell’s class.
Our first winner for 2012 with 58% of people rubbish free in their class for both snack and lunch was 4W, Mrs. Windmill’s class! Congratulations 4W!

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RUBBISH FREE TROPHY 2011

Isabel's interpretation of the 2011 Rubbish Free Trophy

Skye's design for the Rubbish Free Trophy 2011


Zac's interpretation for the Rubbish Free Trophy 2011


Maya's idea for 2011 Rubbish Free Trophy

You have a chance to design the Rubbish Free Trophy for 2011. Label everything you use in your design and explain what the meaning is behind the material used. Hand in your completed design at the Library by Thursday 16th December.Here is the meaning of the trophy we had this year to help you with your new ideas.

  • There are many sections to the trophy that mean different things. We sent our milk bottles to Integrated Plastics and the legs, the arms and the neck are made out of recycled milk bottles. This helps us to remember to recycle as much of our waste as we can.
  • The nesting box which was made by the 2009 Enviro Team shows that we must keep all of our waste out of animals’ homes or habitats.
  • The eyes are water drops donated by Mallee Catchment to help us remember to keep all the waste out of our waterways such as the Murray River. The eyes also remind us to keep the sinks clear of waste in our school ground.
  • The red bucket shows us that we only put things like tissues and pencil shavings in this bin as we are trying to reduce our rubbish to the landfill.
  • The fly swats on the arms show we have to keep all of our waste disposed of properly so we don’t have any flies.
  • The mouth is a sandwich container that we were given at the ResourceSmart ceremony in Melbourne in 2009. This reminds us if we use an airtight container we do not have to use any soft plastic such as gladwrap.
  • The shoes show us we can all use reusable containers.
  • We have some extra features: a hat to show we are a SunSmart school and the gold and brown paint to show our Mildura West colours.

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The Worm Farm.

We have a new worm farm at our school and it will be able to take all of our food scraps. This will keep the food scraps out of the landfill and reduce the amount of rubbish that we send to the landfill every week. The 5/6E kids are in charge of the worm farm.

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Heading to Rubbish Free, lunch wrap graph

1/2C working on reducing lunch wrap

1/2E working on rubbish free lunch wraps

1/2B trying to reduce packaging

1/2D less packaging will help the class be rubbish free.

1/2A trying to use less wrapping in their snack and lunch1/2C working on reducing lunch wrap

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Rubbish Free Wednesdays

Every Wednesday we have Rubbish Free Wednesday.

Every class tries to use reusable objects to store their lunches and snacks.

Two people come around to the classrooms to count how many people had a rubbish free snack and lunch.

There isn’t allowed to be any rubbish in your lunch or snack.

We are hoping there will be more people next term being rubbish free.

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RUBBISH FREE TROPHY

Rubbish Free Trophy 2010

We had 42 entries for the Rubbish Free Trophy and so many wonderful ideas.

So this is the meaning of the Trophy:

There are many sections to the trophy that mean different things.

We sent our milk bottles to AusPlaztik and the legs, the arms and the neck are made out of recycled milk bottles. This helps us to remember to recycle as much of our waste as we can. The nesting box was made by the 2009 Enviro Team showing that we must keep all of our waste out of animals’ homes or habitats.

The eyes are water drops donated by Mallee Catchment to help us remember to keep all the waste out of our waterways such as the Murray Rive. The eyes also remind us to keep the sinks clear of waste in our school ground. The red bucket [donated by Bunnings] shows us that we only put things like tissues and pencil shavings in this bin as we are trying to reduce our rubbish to the landfill.

 

The fly swats on the arms show we have to keep all of our waste disposed of properly so we don’t attract any flies.The mouth is a sandwich container that we were given at the ResourceSmart ceremony in Melbourne last year. This reminds us if we use an airtight container we do not have to use any soft plastic such as Gladwrap. The shoes show us we can all use reusable containers.

We have some extra features: a hat to show we are a SunSmart school and the gold and brown paint to show our Mildura West colours.

The  trophy shows great depth of thought. Well done!

 

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RUBBISH FREE CHALLENGE ENTRY 2009.

 This year 5/6D organised the Rubbish Free Challenge collecting data from all the classes on Wednesdays.

3/4C helped 5/6D during terms 1 and 2. The data was then collated by 5/6D so the information could be graphed in MS Excel. Every week a group of students reported the results at the School Assembly.

1/2C were the 2009 champions, for the majority of Term 3 and all of Term 4, this class had 100% students rubbish free.  To acknowledge their efforts 5/6D presented a book to every child about an Australian Animal.

5/6D entered Mildura West in the Rubbish Free Challenge State Competition with all students writing an explanation about the wsay Rubbish Free Wednesdays work in our school. Congratulations 5/6D for helping our school win the State Challenge 2009.

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Rubbish Free Challenge and ResourceSmart Awards 2009

We were very lucky to be sponsored  to attend the ResourceSmart Ceremony in Melbourne. My letter also thanks the people that gave us the prize money. 

Mildura West Primary School

Ninth St.,

Mildura  3500

Date: 30th November 2009

Dear Sir/Madam,

Thank you for sponsoring us to go to the Rubbish Free Challenge/ResourceSmart Award Ceremony in Melbourne. Without your generous donation to cover the cost of the plane we would not have been able to attend.

I was excited to attend the function because I have not been in a plane for a long time and having so much fun looking out the window at the paddocks and people. It was also fun for me go up on stage and have a quiz. My favourite part of the function was when we got to go up on stage and accept the awards.

I learnt that everyone can help climate change but not everyone can do big things like solar panels or wind turbines but as kids we can think about this.

Some of the actions I will take to prevent climate change are: Take shorter showers, not leave the tap on while I am brushing my teeth 

One of the schools did a quiz and the first question was: “Do you scrunch or fold?” and it meant that if you scrunch you use more paper which means more trees getting cut down. 

 Some of the highlights for me were: The game show, where I got to go on stage with the Minister for Climate Change and the Environment – Minister Jennings (we came a draw with the other team). I got to press the buzzer which was a bike horn. The quiz was a lot of fun. Winning the awards was also one of my highlights. Thank you for the prize money. We have so many kids with so many ideas that we will be able to vote on the best ideas next year and make them happen.

Thank you once again for your kind sponsorship and the prize money. For me it was the opportunity of a life time.

Yours sincerely,

CAMERON Year 5

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Should Mildura West be rubbish free all the time?

I think Mildura West should try to be rubbish free all the time . There would be less rubbish on the ground and then there would be no chance that rubbish would end up going down the drain.

However some parents may not be able to afford reusable containers so we would need to consider this. The other issue would be lunch orders from the local shop because that creates so much rubbish. We would have to think about a different waste wise system for the shops.

If we were rubbish free all the time then much less rubbish would have to go to the landfill. This would also be good for the environment.

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Mildura West should be rubbish free all the time!

Mildura West should be rubbish free all the time and that would be an excellent idea. Lots of people every week bring rubbish free lunches especially on Wednesday when it is a rubbish free day and some people don’t.

We are helping the environment too by having less litter flying around. As well we are keeping litter out of the drains by being rubbish free and that helps our water quality in the river [this is our drinking water too!]The wetlands keep cleaner as well.  

However we need to think of a way to get more people to bring rubbish free lunches. We need to have different types of containers and let people know where they can buy them. The containers do need to be cheaper so that people can afford them.

We do focus on the national parks making sure what we take in we take out. But I think if our school was rubbish free all the time it would be an awesome school!