Curriculum-Educating for Sustainability (Science and Society and Environment)
Parkfield Primary School has been teaching and Learning about “Education for Sustainability” (EfS) through an overarching project termed PLUS – Parkfield Learning for Understanding Sustainability.
Level 3 Teacher, Peter Robinson, has coordinated an extensive range of incursions and excursions that allow teachers and students to gain better understandings of “EfS” through a structured sequence of learning activities. Students from Pre Primary to Year Seven have participated as follows:
Pre Primary: Fisheries activity
Year 1: Dolphin Discovery Centre and Coast Care show
Year 2: NMSHS Wetlands, Coast Care and Fisheries learning
Year 3: Wellington Discovery Forest days and Coast Care show
Year 4: Wellington Dam visit, rehabilitation planting and Leschenault catchment model incursion
Year 5: Crooked Brook Forest rehabilitation, marine Debris collection and Fishing for the Future
Year 6: Brunswick River Action Teams water sampling, rehabilitation and Leschenault catchment model incursion
The Year 4-6 students and their teachers were all involved in rehabilitation projects, planting over 1600 seedlings in 2012. Nearly 170 seedlings were grown in 2011, an ongoing practice.
Planning is well under way to maintain this sequence and make some advances in some areas, e.g. Year Sixes, will progress to become Catchment Rehabilitation And Biodiversity Students (CRABS). Funding support will be sought from Worsley Alumina, Cristal and the City of Bunbury. Representatives of the above organisations and South West Catchment Council, Leschenault Catchment Council,
Brunswick River Restoration Action Group, the Crooked Brook Forest Association and Tangaroa Blue will be invited to be involved.
The School has a bank of Photovoltaic cells. Weekly readings are taken and generation rates measured and published.
Recycling has been well underway for some years. 2012 saw a continued effort on aluminium cans and mobile phones and extended to ink cartridges. Recycling will continue in 2013
In 2012 the PLUS project won a NAB Schools First Award of $30,000. This was wonderful national recognition of the project and the partnerships working to make it all happen.