Environmental Education

Through ownership of our school’s environmental action the students of B.F.P.S. are making a difference!

From the very beginning care for the environment has been a core principle at Berwick Fields. We are one of few schools to offer Environmental Education as a specialist subject. Currently the Environmental Education program is offered to Prep and grade 1 and 2 classes weekly. The program aims to build knowledge about the world around us, bring awareness to sustainable practises and foster a sense of care for our environment. The program is enriched through the inclusion of animals within the classroom and events such as Clean up Australia Day and our annual Wetlands Planting Day.

Student Waste Management Program Landfill, Paper/Cardboard Recycling, Compost, Recycling, School Grounds

Our students are educated on how to effectively recycle and reuse in their classrooms at the beginning of each year and are then responsible to manage their waste in their classrooms. Each room has a paper recycling, compost and a landfill bin which the students use to dispose of their rubbish and which also contribute as a visual reminder of how they can help the environment each day.  The ‘You Can Do It Environmentally, B.F.P.S. Waste Management Program’ DVD and ‘B.F.P.S. Waste Wise Chart’ which were created by the 2006 graduating students is used by the teachers as part of the school waste management training for all students.

Student Animal Care Program
Students complete written applications for Animal Carer positions. Once experienced the students take on the position of animal carers and commit to coming once each week to clean and feed the animals in the Environmental Education room. Our animal carers have proven to be very dedicated to their roles and this also allows students to have hands on experience with animal ownership and care.

Connecting with Our Community Environmentally
Students and staff are involved in various environmental excursions and celebrations such as Clean Up Australia Day, Nude food day, Cool School’s Enviro Week and Going Green Week.

Environmental Awards
In 2006 Berwick Fields Primary School became an accredited ‘Waste Wise School’ and our Environmental Program won the ‘Innovation and Excellence Award’. Again in 2007 B.F.P.S. came second in the state for the Rubbish Free Lunch Challenge – Advanced Category. We also won the State ResourceSmart Schools Awards 2007- WasteSmart Category. We were also chosen as a finalist in the EPA Victorian Ecological Footprint Banner 2007.

Wetlands
Students at Berwick Fields Primary school are lucky to have a wonderful wetlands area, which can be utilised at snack and lunch times as well as incorporated into classroom programs. Students in Environmental Education love exploring the wetlands at any time of year, in any weather, listening for frogs and discovering insects and other creatures fortunate enough to call this area home!

Resources to support families to ‘make a difference’ at home:

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