On Monday 11 February, the Green Team, led by Sustainability Captains Erin Doupe and Julia Rosenbrock, had their first meeting of 2019. It was an exciting event, with 42 members in attendance ranging from Years 5 – 12 (including ten girls from the Junior School).
Erin and Julia opened the meeting by presenting a PowerPoint that outlined the Green Team’s goals for this year, fundraising and event ideas, possible projects we could undertake, and how we can go about spreading awareness of environmental issues within our school community. Some of the key issues we talked about were recycling, rubbish, soft plastics and having a compost rotation for the Middle and Senior Schools. Erin and Julia also explained the Green Team’s Core Aims for this year, which are as follows:
- Raise awareness of environmental issues within the school
- Effect positive change within the school
- Achieve 1 & 2 by programs and holding events
The group then discussed our first projects and how we can split up the tasks and work out our plan of action. Together we brainstormed some exciting ideas for what we want to accomplish during the year. It was great to see some of the younger students really taking initiative and the environment was so supportive and energetic!
The first project that the Green Team will be undertaking this year is a “Clean Up Australia Day” event that will be held on Sunday 3 March at Mullum Mullum Creek Reserve. There are sign-up sheets on the Middle Schools and Senior College noticeboards and interested students will be sent an electronic permission form. The School will run buses to and from Tintern for students from Years 7 – 12 departing at 9.00 am and returning at 12.00 noon. Students from Years 5 and 6 are invited to attend, but will need to do so with a family member and make their own way there and back.
We also talked about the upcoming Tintern Fair to be held on Saturday 30 March, and how we can use this opportunity to spread awareness about our group and possibly sell some environmentally friendly goodies. The Green Team will have a stall at the Fair, so if you’re attending make sure to drop by and say hello!
One of the other projects that we discussed was the possibility of creating a mural or other artwork made from rubbish collected on the beach and other recycled materials. We also are in the process of planning some special events for Earth Day this year and, hopefully, we will have a team of members to do a 20km (or 50km!) fundraising walk later in November to raise money for Fareshare; a charity that rescues surplus, quality food that would otherwise go into landfill and then cooks it into nutritious meals for people in need.
So, as you can see, the Green Team has an exciting and busy year planned! We’re all very keen to get going and have the opportunity to influence positive environmental change within our school community. Regular articles will be posted in this newsletter, so if you’re interested in the activities of the Green Team, please stay tuned!
by Hannah Taylor, Year 11