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Sustainable Schools Festival: St Columba's wins 2018 Baykeeper Award!

Posted on 13 September 2018

Last Thursday, the Sustainability team went to the Sustainable School's Festival, hosted by the Port Phillip Eco Centre at the St Kilda Town Hall.

We firstly participated in 2 workshops each and all the activities were related to sustainability. We made zen gardens, organic bin liners, played penguin fact games, sorted out food for worms and created friendship bracelets out of recycled wool.

Then it was our turn to present, we showcased a project on waste management. We divided our audience into 2 groups, each with 4 labelled baskets representing the four bins we use at school (mix recyclables, paper, organic and landfill). We were in charge of presenting our activity to a group of children from all different schools. Their task was to sort photos of common waste items into the correct bin.

The second activity we presented was matching certain rubbish items like orange peels and plastic bottles, to the time period it would take to decompose or break down. We feel that our activity was a great success because it was hands on.

Congratulations to St Columba's for being awarded the 2018 Baykeeper Award for our projects involving the bay.

In the afternoon, we walked to the Eco Centre at the St Kilda Botanical gardens. There we participated in 2 more activities, they were things like making seed bombs and learning about Aboriginal culture. Overall it was a fun day, jam packed with fun learning.

Congratulations to Julian, Austin and Mischa from Grade 3/4, whose beautiful artworks have been accepted as part of the Peace Event in St Kilda. This promises to be a wonderful event, and we'd love to see some of our families there!

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