Friday 22 June, was World Rainforest Day, which was all about a collaborative effort to raise awareness and encourage action to save one of Earth’s most precious resources… our rainforests. A major environmental issue is the unsustainable production of palm oil. Health Ministers from each state and territory met last week to make decisions about whether there should be laws about labelling palm oil in our food. Our class wrote letters to our minister to persuade him to make this mandatory. At our assembly. our top 3 most persuasive letters were shared by Archie, Will and Emma. Congratulations to Emma, whose letter was voted as most persuasive. You can read our letters below.
Never fear, the OC is here! Last week, students went on an excursion to the Wetlands Centre to participate in a program called Planet Savers- where they did just that. The program involved a variety of hands-on workshops where students worked with students from the GATs class at Waratah Callaghan Technology Campus. Some of the highlights were planting trees, conducting water testing and learning about ways to reduce our carbon footprint.
This week students in the OC participated in the Take 3 Marine Debris program. This involved conducting a litter audit of our playground (thank goodness for the gloves and tongs) and recording the different types of litter and the areas it was found. The next stage of the program will involve the students designing a school campaign to help address the issue of marine debris.
This term students in the OC took part in the Styx/Throsby Creek competition which involved designing a brochure that promoted the message of keeping our waterways clean.
Allan and Mitch have made a stopmotion film of students showing their brochures. The brochures will be judged at the end of this week so fingers crossed OC! The winner will receive some great prizes and also have their brochure published and distributed to the school community.
Today students in the OC received a visit from Environmental Officer Amanda Gregory to introduce the Throsby/Styx Creek brochure design competition. The competition allows students to help Waterwatch and Hunter Water teach the community about water pollution. The winner of the competition will have their brochure published, printed and distributed to Tighes Hill students and the community. During the visit today students learned all about the ways to keep waterways clean and the affects pollution and illegal dumping have on catchments and ecosystems. A huge thank you to Amanda for visiting us today and inspiring our students to take care of the environment. I can’t wait to see their fantastic brochures when they’re finished!
Below are some links to websites you may be interested in for further reading.