Thank you to everyone for giving up your time to present our Environmental Journey at ‘Under the Western Stars.’
Our school has many Environmental Programs that we can participate in.
We are a ResourceSmart school which means we look at biodiversity, use of water, waste and energy.
Every week we have Rubbish Free Wednesdays.
Rubbish free means that there is nothing in the lunch box that goes to the Landfill. Most of us use air tight containers to keep our food fresh and this means no rubbish.
On a Wednesday 5/6D collect the data to see how many of us are rubbish free. Our best effort is 251 people and our second best is 228.
We would like to congratulate 1/2C as they are our rubbish free champions this year. Most weeks they have 100% of the kids rubbish free and this is all days not just a Wednesday.
We have a rubbish free trophy for the winner that was designed by 5/6B 2008.
In the next 2 weeks we invite you all to have a go at designing the 2010 rubbish free trophy.
We have Community Partnership Projects. One of these is our Milk bottles to Furniture Project. Thank you to everyone for collecting milk bottles so we can turn them into furniture.
We now have 5 table settings for our outdoor classroom and hope to be able to order another one before the end of the year. So keep saving your milk bottles!
Shona: If you have lots of milk bottles you can take them straight to AusPlaztik. Remember to say you are from Mildura West PS.
Courtney: Rio Vista Park and Johnson’s Bend Sandbar are also Community based Projects. This is linked to Mildura Rural City Council and Mallee Catchment Authority. We have 6 student action teams in Year 5 and 6 and they are all responsible for completing different things.
Abbey: This year the Recreation Management Team installed a pink coloured seat made from milk bottles at Rio Vista Park to pay tribute to all the people that have experienced breast cancer.
Kyle: We have other student action teams such as Pest Control , Biodiversity, Litter Management, Recreation Management and the Data Collection and analysis Team.
Amelia: We complete Community Water Sampling at Lock Island as part of Water Watch. Our Water Ambassadors are part of a Community Project making sure water messages are modeled to the kids in the school and the community.
James: The 2009 Water Ambassadors are going to install 2 drinking water taps so that everyone can fill up their drink bottles much easier and not waste so much water.
Jake: Our school is represented at a lot of environmental conferences.
In June, a team of 8 of us were invited to the Melbourne Water Conference and we were the only country school. Our topic was Creating Water Smart Cities- a Country Perspective.
Ashley: We were able to show our audience that the Sunraysia district is a very important food bowl and the farmers are using best water practices to produce their fruit and vegetables. We learnt so much at the Melbourne Water Conference.
Jake: GIDDAY my name is Bob the Builder and this is my twin Billy. We went to the International River Health Conference in Canberra during
Billy: The topic we presented was about river regulation and our workshop was called ‘Let the Rivers Run.’ We taught our audience about the pros and cons of regulation.
Jake: The opening for our presentation was based on an analogy showing how the river was before regulation when the rivers ran free with no barriers stopping the balance of nature.
Billy: Maya will play a song on her violin and you can imagine the river flowing wherever it likes.
Stephanie and Sophie: In our workshop we showed that the introduction of regulation with locks, weirs, regulators and fish ladders is not always a benefit. For example: The River Red Gums have suffered. Over to Molly and Zali, both from the River Red Gum family!
Molly: For years my family, the River Red Gums has enjoyed the floods to give our roots a good old fashioned soak. Sadly with regulation that doesn’t happen anymore.
Zali: I’m not sure the modern ways are the best…. This means that regulation is good for some users of the river but maybe not everyone. River Red Gums need a natural flood to survive and this does not happen with regulation.
Josh: In the play I was Mr. Murray Cod. I take some convincing that regulation is a good thing for fish to breed. There seems to be so many barriers for fish and then I come across a fish ladder. This structure helps solve all of our breeding problems.
Going to River Health Conferences is great fun and even though we might be small our voices can still be heard.
There’s lots to do to help the environment be sustainable.