Langwarrin Primary school has adopted a whole-school approach to sustainability. We are currently working with CERES and Resource Smart Victoria in becoming a Five Star Australian Sustainable school.
LPS has a sustainability team consisting of teachers and students whose aim is to implement a Sustainable Environmental education into LPS to:
- develop an appreciation of the environment, our relationship with it and our responsibility for its future.
- develop the knowledge, skills, attitudes, values and commitment to be environmentally friendly and responsible.
- assist students to develop an environmental ethic that is reflected in individual and collective environmental practices.
- encourage and assist students to develop an environmental consciousness and awareness of their relationship with the environment, through direct contact with the environment and practice in environmental decision-making,
To assist in meeting these goals we will participate in recycling, practice waste wise initiatives, promote energy efficiency, reduce water usage, increase biodiversity in the school gardens and encourage our community to practice sustainability.
To achieve 5 Star Rating, LPS is integrating the required sustainability modules into the current inquiry curriculum focusing on the following areas:
Energy – To control energy consumption so that we reduce our impact on the natural environment; avoid unnecessary costs associated with wasting energy; educate students, staff and whole community about the best practice for use of energy consuming equipment and services; and to conduct an energy audit and maintain records of energy consumption
Waste – to continue the development of a Waste Wise ethic within the whole school community; to provide and maintain healthy and aesthetically pleasing learning environment through the reduction of waste and litter; to practice waste wise principles of reduce, reuse and recycle; and to reduce the cost of waste and litter management.
Biodiversity – to improve our outdoor natural environment; by planting trees that are conducive to our environment; upgrading the play areas and making them environmentally friendly; using natural materials that reduce the impact on the environment; to educate the school community about incorporating biodiversity in our every day school life.
Water – to prompt actions that will reduce water usage; to appreciate water as a precious natural resource; to plant trees that are conducive to our environment and don’t need much water; to educate the whole school community about ways to reduce water usage both indoors and outdo