Our school has always had a strong environmental awareness with our School Environmental Management Plan in operation since 2002 and our school mascot the red-eyed green tree frog reminding us of the need to care for our environment. Some of the most prominent of our current environmental initiatives are;
The ClimateCam initiative has provided motivation and guidance for the school to continue its focus on environmental issues and education. It involves the school working to improve our energy, water and waste efficiency. To date Lambton has achieved 6 out of a possible 8 Stars in recognition of completed projects. The school has made significant reductions in water consumption through the insulation of dual flush toilets, water efficient taps and bubblers and water tanks to supply water for the school grounds watering system. The environmental team have also set some school guidelines to reduce power consumption including regulating classroom air conditioner temperatures, auto shut down of computers and lights off when not in use.
Future focus areas for the school include reducing the demands on landfill by increasing recycling and conducting a waste audit to minimise the production waste. The school is also examining the potential of solar power and smart lighting to save money and carbon emissions.
Climate Clever Energy Savers
The Climate Clever Energy Saver is a new project that Lambton Public School has become involved in this year. It is a student led Environmental Project where a student team works with a teacher on a project that will reduce greenhouse gas emissions within the school. This team will commence working on their project during term 2.
Lambton Public School is fortunate to have beautiful green playing areas and gardens for students, teachers and the community to enjoy. Over recent years, several initiatives have resulted in further development of gardens such as;
- The LEAPfrog Food and Art Garden was developed in 2009 and is a focal point for community involvement within the school. It is an attractive area which combines both gardens and artworks and is a tool that enables us to bring the curriculum outside as children are involved in planting, weeding, watering and harvesting vegetables.
- The Rainbow Serpent Garden was created late 2008 and early 2009. It acknowledges the Awabakal people and their dreaming story ‘How Moolimbimba was created. It consists of a serpent shape dry creek bed with 2 frog ponds forming the serpents’ eyes. An abundance of natives were planted around the area to compliment the creek bed.
- The Bush Tucker Garden was created in 2007 to raise the awareness of local indigenous culture and to educate students on sustainable eco-systems. As well as a variety of Australian natives being planted in the area there are also logs painted to represent the totems of Indigenous culture and three wall murals based on the local Awabakal dreaming stories, completed by our art teacher Mrs Sutherland and Indigenous students.
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