Bruns Public becomes first eco-school in Byron Shire
BRUNSWICK Heads Public School is set to become even greener after to becoming the first eco-school in Byron Shire.
Eco-Schools is an international program that aims to foster environmental awareness and sustainability behaviours.
"We are thrilled be taking such a student-focused approach to environmental issues," principal, Mrs Mel Currie said.
In keeping with the theme, Brunswick Heads launched its participation in the program last Friday - World Environment Day.
The team comprises a teacher, Miss Jenevieve Frick, a parent. Ms Meg Cornthwaite. and 15 students.
The team, who have named themselves 'Eco Kids', are not afraid to get their hands dirty.
Their first task was a waste audit with every single school bin emptied and the rubbish sorted into categories.
"We wanted to find out how our school performed when it came to disposing our rubbish," Misty Fahy, an Eco Kid from Year 3 said.
At the launch, the students reported that one-third of the rubbish could have been composted and a further one-sixth was paper that could have been recycled.
These findings have prompted the introduction of 'Take It Home Tuesdays', when bins will be removed from the grounds. This will encourage students to consider alternatives to simply chucking something in the bin.
Leftover rubbish will be taken home to encourage discussion and change of habits at home as well as at school.
Eco Kids meetings occur in the school's garden, which is rich with vegies, herbs and chooks.
The school P&C's new financial plan also highlights the desire to build a 'green room', an outdoor classroom.
For Brunswick Heads Public School, the lights ahead are all green.