Our school community feels we have an essential role in contributing to sustainability, not only to reduce our environmental impact but to also ensure our future leaders understand and take pride in being custodians of our planet.
Students, staff, parents and the broader community work in partnership to deliver sustainability learning for all age levels with a focus on our Kitchen to Garden program (K2G), ResourceSmart AuSSI Vic framework, ‘i sea, i care’ Marine Ambassador program and our civics and citizen environmental initiatives within our community.
Education is not only an end in itself, it is also a key instrument for bringing about the changes in knowledge, values, behaviours and lifestyles required to achieve sustainability and stability within and among countries, democracy, human security and peace. (UNESCO, 2002)
By incorporating sustainability education and actions within all year levels and within all disciplines St Louis de Montfort has embedded sustainability into each student’s learning and leadership journey. Sustainability is also a feature of our civics and citizen initiatives engaging students in environmental projects outside the school grounds and within the community.
Students are hands-on with implementing and achieving environmental improvements within our school reducing waste usage; organic recycling with our animals, compost and worm farms; animal husbandry, measuring and monitoring our water, energy and waste, improving biodiversity, propagating and growing fruit and vegetables.
St Louis de Montfort’s Aspendale is a large Catholic primary school in a bayside suburb of Melbourne. The school has a student population of 760 with 85 staff. The School is a built on reclaimed swampland and lies between the wetlands and the bay.
Being a Catholic school we look at education for sustainability in a catholic context “as agents of the mission of the church, Catholic education encourages and empowers school students and their communities to take action for the common good”. We have the belief that by being present with and developing deeper relationships with creation, restoring the social balance and learning to live sustainably we are all enriched. Enough for ever for all is being embedded into each year level and classroom through hands-on learning.
We believe that empowerment through education is a critical tool for achieving sustainability. We trust that stewardship is a call to service “that creatures exist only in dependence on each other to complete each other in the service of each other.”
To support our beliefs we have we have created a one of a kind education program and sustainability precinct that supports a whole school approach to developing active environmental citizens. Students are immersed in hands–on learning directly related to the Australian Curriculum through our Garden to Kitchen program and in our sustainability precinct, local wetlands and nearby bay.