Village School supports the ResourceSmart AuSSie Vic framework for the holisitic study of Sustainability and Environment. www.sustainability.vic.gov.au/schools
At Village School we present a holistic approach to the study of Environment and Sustainability. We integrate education, environmental, social and economic outcomes so enabling students to appreciate each area as one component of the full picture of sustainability.
We tackle the areas of biodiversity, energy, waste, water and recycling as life skills and encourage students to reduce significantly their use of resources by following the path of the ResourceSmart Certification Tools of Awakening, Discovering, Transforming, Sustainability and Leadership at each level of the students growth and progression.
Students are encouraged and involved in the maintenance of our gardens and wetlands. Life cycles of wetland animals are studied. The importance of animal life is studied. The impact of introduced flora and fauna is discussed and addressed. The importance of indigenous flora and fauna is emphasised. Habitat is appreciated and efforts made to maintain what we have. Students are involved in the planning, planting and maintenance of plants. They are included in discussions about the impact of care versus neglect of the land. Animal by-products are collected and put to good use to help grow our gardens. Eggs are collected and sold at our market. The importance of animals to our well-being is discussed. Our students know where our food comes from.
Village School is involved in the Solar for Schools project and has solar panels installed. Students are involved in plans for energy saving and are alert to the need to conserve. Energy ratings are discussed when new purchases are made. Lights etc are extinguished when not necessary.
Students are involved in ‘waste management’ teams, which monitor the litter around the school and report back to meetings. Left over lunches are collected and fed to our animals. Students are involved in ‘Clean Up Australia’ days and are aware of the undesirable effects of litter on the environment.
Village School is a Water LiLI school and undertakes projects at all levels, which are designed to educate students about the importance of water as a precious resource. They report dripping taps and collect excess water to be used on plants in the various Village gardens.
In all of the above areas Village students are encouraged to appreciate these studies as being important to them as citizens now and in the future. Tasks are set (eg water audit) to be undertaken at school and also at home involving parents and siblings.
Attitudes and Values
- Preserving a natural curiosity about the world
- Gaining in confidence about self in the environment
- Persevering with a positive attitude to the future
- Realising that everyone has a part to play in the future of our planet
- Realising that small efforts are worthwhile
- Appreciating all the many ways that an individual can make a difference
- Becoming aware of the cumulative effect
- Gaining in confidence to voice feelings and beliefs
- Developing curiosity about how actions impact
- Developing awareness of current thinking
- Developing a responsible attitude to planning and carrying out activities
- Being aware of ethical dilemmas
- Maintaining a belief that problems can be solved
Thinking and Reflecting
- Identifying reasons for actions
- Summarising and reflecting
- Observing and evaluating
- Putting theory into practice
- Appreciating the need for action
- Being willing to take action
- Being willing to tackle the harder option
- Researching for self
Technical and Physical Skills
- Accurate recording
- Using relevant tools appropriately
- Appreciating the involvement of others
- Developing communication skills
- Developing skills with media in order to communicate
- Using appropriate technology
- Developing leadership skills
- Developing recognition of weeds versus desirable plants
- Developing ability to ‘weed’ effectively
- Understanding of the areas of sustainability
- Understanding of the role of the individual
- Knowledge of water cycle
- Knowledge of food chain
- Knowledge of life cycles
- Understanding the need for and importance of habitat
- Understanding what makes habitat
- Understanding what destroys habitat
- Knowledge and appreciation of interdependence of areas of sustainability
- Understanding of the production of energy and the need to conserve it
- Understanding of what is pollution
Learning about organisations that are available to help and provide further knowledge.