After 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!
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!
- 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!
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.
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.
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!
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.
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
Date: 30th November 2009
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.
CAMERON Year 5
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!