ENPS received accreditation for the Water module. The focus of this module is to reducing water consumption, support student initiated projects in the school and community, and model water wise projects and activities for local communities.
How can we keep reducing?
Our mission continues the search for opportunities to reduce water usage by maximising water harvest and reducing water flow. ENPS is utilising a $50,000 water grant to supply additional water tanks to service all toilet blocks, gardens and greenhouse. Toilets and taps have been upgraded.
To Increase Learning
Learning occurs across the school in many forums, including powerful peer learning in multi-age activities:
Our Environmental Leaders engage in a variety of tasks: meetings, discussions, monitoring, leading classmates, presenting in and beyond the school setting (an original H2O rap at Water LILI launch), Assemblies.
On World Environment day mixed–age groups from Prep to year 6 engaged in a range of water activities.
Planning includes: Level 3 unit - utilising water LILI program, Yarra Valley Water, Waterwatch and an action research project at Edendale farm
Others involved in the journey
To develop broad understandings and a comprehensive range of experiences utilises various resources: local community and council, DEECD, Waterwatch, Yarra Valley Water, Edendale, CERES. Fundraising activities e.g. Water for Life develops students as global citizens and raises awareness of our precious resource – H2O.
To achieve these significant Water Smart outcomes we have implemented some effective solutions.
As our school population has risen we have had to address a number of challenges: providing extra facilities, increased demand (computer usage, interactive whiteboards, extra classrooms, installation of air conditioning). Our auditing processes reveal that our usage has remained constant. This indicates that our shutdown practices and Energy Saving Devices have compensated for increased demand. Our challenge now is to explore opportunities to continue further reduction of energy throughout the school. Our involvement in the Carbon Sinks project is providing us with goals and opportunities to achieve this. An application for a Solar grant, another energy audit, involvement in carbon sinking projects like: Local land care (carbon sequestration) all have the aim of reducing energy usage and our carbon footprint.
Promotion of the ‘Walking School Bus’ and ‘Walk on Wednesday’ programs are simple initiatives that our students and parents are being encouraged to support.
Unreliable power supply and energy sapping appliances were identified. The facilities team (School Council) has overseen an upgrade of power provision, installation of skylights (to enhance natural lighting). Energy efficiency has been considered in our building projects, including window placement and appropriate insulation, and in the upgrading of refrigeration and hot water systems.