Our Commitment to waste reduction
All students are encouraged to pack lunches which minimise the amount of waste going to landfill. Reusable containers, home-made goods and fruits or vegetables are great ways of reducing packaging. Reusable canteen satchels are also available at the office for lunch orders.
Every Tuesday is “Tally Tuesday” – lunchboxes with no rubbish items are counted. Our school’s sustainability mascot “Mrs Sustainability” flies into assembly each week to award the class with the highest percentage of rubbish-free lunches.
Here are some tips to reduce rubbish in lunchboxes while also saving you money! Rubbish Free Lunches
The 'Nature Protectors' lunchtime Gardening Club
Two students from each grade are selected as Nature Protectors. These students meet regularly to plan and carry out a range of projects to keep the school environment attractive and sustainable. They weed and water gardens, plant native species, maintain the worm farm systems and share practical, eco-friendly tips with their class.
Outdoor Learning Spaces
We are fortunate to have extensive grounds with many large trees and gardens for students to enjoy.
In 2015 we received a “Communities for Nature” grant which enabled us to weed and revegetate the area behind the Boorai building. This remnant patch of forest provides a shelter for local native flora and fauna and is currently home to a thriving group of rosellas. Natural seating provides space for an outdoor classroom for students to sit and enjoy connecting with the natural world. The space is used to study Science and Sustainability concepts first hand.
Our Grade 6 students created a nature play area called “The nest”. It is a human sized circle of wood sourced from recycled materials. Students are really enjoying the uniqueness of this area for role play and exploration.
Our orchard area is slowly coming to maturation with a plenty of lemons being harvested by the nature protector group.
Our vegetable gardens have been revitalised and are yielding crops of potatoes, tomatoes and beans. Student and staff volunteers have had the pleasure of tasting the fruits of their labour. We are always looking for green thumbs, so if you are gifted in this area and would like to assist us with our patch, please send an email to Daena Hailey or contact the office. We love helpers!
Rolling Hills is proud to participate in Clean Up Australia Day each year. Our foundation to year five students do a thorough clean-up of the school grounds. Our year six students conduct a rubbish scavenger hunt in nearby parkland to help keep our local community beautiful.
We also participate in National Tree Day plantings to increase biodiversity in our school grounds.