In 2019, we joined the Victorian Government’s ResourceSmart Schools program.
ResourceSmart Schools is an award-winning program, led by Sustainability Victoria on behalf of the Victorian Government, that assists schools to embed sustainability in everything they do. The program is one of the longest running environmental education programs in Australia, starting in 2008.
It provides practical support to schools to reduce resources and costs by integrating sustainability into the curriculum and sharing learnings beyond the school gate.
The program provides students the opportunity to learn about sustainability in a real-world setting – our beautiful school grounds and community. It also complements our other initiatives such as our ‘Care for Environment’ value and Dhelkunya Djaa group.
The RSS Program covers a foundation learning module, followed by energy, waste, water and biodiversity learning modules. Each of the Modules have actions to complete that affect the school operations, teaching and learning and community connections. Certificates are provided for each Module after successfully navigating through the actions t and meeting benchmarks.
As Modules are completed, we can then apply for star certification. We have access to ResourceSmart Schools Online to capture all that we do on our sustainability journey. The platform provides the framework for our actions.
Achieving 5 Star Certification is the pinnacle of ResourceSmart Schools and is awarded to schools that have fully embedded sustainability in everything they do, with ongoing, proven results. Our goal is to become such a school. We are almost ready to earn 2 stars thanks to the great work of the Sustainability Teams last year.
As always, we will provide our community with regular updates on our sustainability work through our school assemblies, newsletters and website. If you would like more information about the program or you are interested in assisting with this work, please contact Mrs Lauren White.