Sustainability

Our faith tradition through the Catholic Social Justice teachings, requires us to be moral, compassionate, just, generous and ecologically aware people...

In recent times, Pope Francis has called us to … care for people, care for creation and share the surplus. At St Catherine’s our students, staff and families are active agents of ecological sustainability, motivated by faith and a strong sense of connectedness to the natural world and our global family.  
 
The Australian Curriculum Cross Curricula Priority of ‘Sustainability’ informs teaching, learning, and decision making. It supports learning about collective wellbeing, guides us in determining individual and community actions and supports the building of capacity to think and act in ways that lead to a more equitable and sustainable future.
 
We live this each day through…
 
  • Composting of all food and green waste 
  • Diligent recycling – paper/cardboard, metals, glass, plastic (including soft plastic wraps), batteries, printer cartridges, use of e-waste recycling facilities
  • Reducing waste sent to landfill  
  • Active promotion of ‘nude food’
  • Tuckshop dedicated to healthy, minimally wrapped products
  • Waste free school events: for example our children’s disco - no land fill waste was produced
  • Seeking out sustainable alternatives to everyday items 
  • Sustainability Committee – comprised of parents, students, staff and NRM rep
  • Nature play – play group & play areas
  • Permaculture orchard, vegetable and herb gardens 
  • Cluckingham Palace – chooks
  • Aquaculture & Aquaponics – linked to curriculum – in particular Yr 5 (specialist teacher)
  • Wetlands – revegetation of local flora species – increasing habitat for local fauna. Plant identification, seed collection and propagation.  
  • Water quality monitoring and improvement
  • Worm farms
  • Creation of Butterfly gardens
  • Bat and bird boxes
  • Beneficial insect and native bee hotels
  • Green Team – student environmental group
  • Membership of YELP – Young Environmental Leaders Programme 
  • Promotion and sale of ‘keep cups’
  • Solar panels
  • Rainwater collection
  • Student lead initiatives to reduce power use
  • Regular information regarding sustainability shared with families through newsletter
  • Partnerships with outside agencies – NRM, Inspiring SA, KESAB, Nature Play Australia, Naturally Smart
  • ESO – focussed on Ecological Sustainability – working with teachers, students and families
  • Promotion of the Naturally Smart Coffee project – ethically sourced, locally roasted and 100% compostable packaging (including pods)

 

“What kind of world do we want to leave to those who come after us?”

- Pope Francis -