Tackling the waste problem

ST Mary’s College is on the path to reducing its carbon footprint following its biennial Sustainability Fair, teaching students how small changes can create a positive environmental impact.

The fair, which was held in December, saw kinder to year nine students get involved in a range of active learning opportunities that promoted local and sustainable produce and the change to waste-fee lunchboxes.

Sustainability officer and fair organiser Tanaz Jungalwalla said in the past the fair had helped students learn how to reduce their environmental footprint at home, as well as at school.

“Our students are passionate about the environment and have a wonderful drive to make positive changes in their community,” she said.

By learning how to make beeswax wrap – a waste free recyclable cling-wrap alternative – the students were actively combating the eight million tonnes of plastic waste dumped into the world’s oceans.

“These workshops mean students can take what they’ve learnt directly into the community and help create wide-reaching changes,” Ms Jungalwalla said.

“The message isn’t just to students.

“We’re reminding parents to ask their children what they’ve learnt and to be open to their suggestions of making small changes so that collectively, we can make a big difference.”

St Mary’s College principal Helen Spencer said sustainability and environmental impact were viewed as a key learning experience for students.

“St Mary’s College embraces our educative and spiritual responsibilities for sustainability,” she said.

Highlights of the fair included food trucks showcasing local produce, an ethical cupcake stall, a KeepCup shop offering reusable coffee cup options designed by the College, and a swap meet that gave students the opportunity to trade their unwanted items.

Caption: St Mary’s College students, from left, Annabel Pestrucci, Matilda Greenhill and Charlotte Hordern.


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