The College has been recognized state-wide for its whole school sustainability initiatives. Education for sustainability at the College aims to develop the knowledge, skills, and values necessary for students to act in ways that contribute to more sustainable patterns of living. It is future-oriented, focused on protecting environments and creating a more ecologically and socially just world, and recognizes the relevance and interdependence of environmental, social, cultural, and economic considerations.
The College is involved in a Land Care initiative in which the students participate regularly in caring for the unique bushland environment of the College. The woodlands of the College have an exceptional diversity of flora and fauna with over 200 varieties of native plants in a concentrated area. This area also provides a haven to some unique native animals including the swift parrot and hairy-nosed wombat.
Ongoing sustainability activities focus on the gradual eradication of specific weeds, in particular, Boneseed and Spanish Heath, and particular care of the native animals in the area. A small group of dedicated students participated in weekly activities and the whole College is involved in a dedicated Land Care day each term.
Kindergarten students are responsible for managing and implementing the collection of food scraps and then utilizing these in the creation of compost to help fertilize the College Vegetable and Bush Tucker gardens.
The College recycling program was developed, implemented, and managed by College students, and specific sustainability initiatives such as Mobile Muster, National Tree Day and Clean up Australia Day are embedded in the College practices. Single-use cups have been replaced with reusable cups for staff and students.
Students from Kinder to Year 4 participate in Nature Play, fostering an understanding and appreciation for the natural world, while students from Years 4 to 12 undertake Outdoor Education which further develops students’ understanding of the natural world and sustainability practices.
The College has a bank of Solar Cells to feed into the electricity grid and is committed to building upon the existing cells to increase the College’s Solar capacity.