WHAT’S ON

WINTERS FLAT 5 STAR CERTIFICATION

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Sustainability VIC

Simon from Sustainability Victoria is coming on Friday 11th Sept to assess our 5 Star Certification. Simon will be shown around the school by the Community Leaders, talk to other students, teachers, parents and staff. He will be looking at all the wonderful programs we have implemented and are working on. Good Luck Winters Flat Primary School!


Winters Flat – SUSTAINABILITY ASSEMBLY 2015

Students from Winters Flat, Elpinstone and St Mary’s will be conducting a joint Sustainability Assembly to our local community including members of government.

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They are presenting their ACTION PLANS and reflections from YOUTH LEADING THE WORLD CONGRESS.

SPECIAL GUESTS attending the Assembly include our local major Christine Henderson and Maree Edwards MP State Member for Bendigo West.

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Sustainability Assembly Poster pls see link for our invite to Sustainability Assembly

Sustainability Assembly 2015 2– pls see running sheet for our Sustainability Assembly


2015 Winters Flat Primary School Sustainability Calendar

Winters Flat Celebrated Events 2015


Tree Planting
To take up the Green Thumb Challenge for Enviroweek, students at Winters Flat have planted some new trees. The three Prep/1 classes and their 4/5 and 5/6 Cobber grades, teamed up on Wednesday the 20th of August to plant some natives on the oval. After planting and watering their tree together, the partners then went on a nature scavenger hunt. The students and teachers all had a great time on one of the first really sunny days we’ve had for a while, and will continue to watch over our new baby trees as they grow.
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ENVIROWEEK!
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Enviroweek has come around again. There are various challenges schools can sign up for; including Waste Warriors (be waste wise), Trader (share your stuff, skills, space & time), Sparky (smart energy use), Green Thumb (create & care for green spaces), Foodie (eat & drink fresh), Wild Child (connect with the outdoors). Students and teachers at Winters Flat are keen to take up the challenge and be environmentally friendly in a fun and active way!

New School Focus – Biodiversity
Semester 1 at Winters Flat was spent looking at Water as an over-arching theme across the school, and many wonderful learning opportunities, discussions, activities and projects were developed during this integrated unit of work. For examples of some of the fantastic work done by students, see the “Students’ Work” tab of this website.
This semester, our new focus is Biodiversity. Stay tuned for some amazing creations and discoveries to come…
Below is a link to a video that the school watched at the first assembly of term 3, to help engage the students in our new whole school focus. (There are many videos on offer at the Cool Australia site – to view the video enjoyed by the school, click on the small photo of the flock of ducks below the main video displayed on the page.)
http://coolaustralia.org/ca_topic/biodiversity/

Youth Forest Walk
Get fit and go on an adventure – explore the bush.
Where: Muckleford Forest.
When: Sunday 30th March.
For further information or to register phone 5472 4609 – email niokamc1@gmail.com –
www.fobif.org.au/walks

Earth Hour
On Saturday the 29th of March, “Earth Hour” is being celerated. At 8.30pm people around the world are encouraged to turn off their lights as part of a global energy-saving event. Founded by WWF in Sydney in 2007, Earth Hour is now celebrated in over 150 countries and helps raise awareness about caring for our environment. This year’s special focus is on saving the Great Barrier Reef. A documentary explaining Earth Hour’s special cause this year is screening on Saturday on channel Ten before Earth Hour commences. For more information or to donate to this special cause, go to the website: http://earthhour.org.au/?gclid=CP-jl7Dgmr0CFY5cpQodqDQADw
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Learning About Littering
On Monday the 17th of March, Winters Flat had a visit from Rachel, the regional education officer at Calder Regional Waste Management Group. The students participated in various activities aimed at prompting thought and discussion on the problem of littering in our school, our community and the global environment.

Due to the welcome rain, the prep and grade one students did a mock litter pick up the classroom.

Due to the welcome rain, the prep and grade one students did a mock litter pick up the classroom.

Rachel helped the students make a timeline showing how much time it takes various materials to break down.

Rachel helped the students make a timeline showing how much time it takes various materials to break down.

In small groups, the students filled a container with dirt and pieces of apple, paper, metal and plastic. As an on-going experiment, the students are going to watch and see which items break down first...

In small groups, the students filled a container with dirt and pieces of apple, paper, metal and plastic. As an on-going experiment, the students are going to watch and see which items break down first…

Clean Up Australia Day
The students at Winters Flat were involved in a school-wide tidy up of the yard as a reminder to keep our school environment clean and healthy.
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Little Green Wagon
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The Little Green Wagon has come to Winters Flat! This trailer is packed full of fun resources, games and activities for the teachers and students to go through based on themes relating to Sustainability, Biodiversity, Waste, Water and Energy.

Winters Flat Sustainability Celebrated Events 2014
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Watering with Wisdom
On Saturday the 23rd of November, join Wendy Van Dok to learn all you need to know to water your garden in a more efficient and effective way. Click on the flyer below for more information.
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Trashed
The Theatre Royal in Castlemaine is screening the film ‘Trashed’, starring Jeremy Irons, which talks about some of the alarming effects of the global waste problem.
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National Recycling Week
National Recycling Week is on from the 11th to the 17th of November. The overall aim for National Recycling Week is: ‘To increase the environmental benefits, including greater tonnage and less contamination, of kerbside, industrial and community recycling programs’. Click on the link below for more details.
National Recycling Week 11th – 17th Nov 2013
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Biodiversity Month
September is Biodversity Month! Everyone at Winters Flat is working really hard to change our habits and keep the environment in mind as we go about our day-to-day lives. Assembly last week, on the 9th of September, was a great explanation of Sustainability and what that means to the students in 3/4B. Thanks to the funky song from the animated film of Dr Seuess’ “The Lorax”, the whole of assembly was up and dancing in celebration of a greener way of life. For more information about Biodiversity Month, click on the link below:
Winters Flat Sustainability Group – Biodiversity Month 2013

EnviroWeek
This week is Enviroweek!
Winters Flat Primary School has signed up as “Waste Warriors” as they continue to use the 3 rubbish bin system in their classrooms, care for their rubbish zones around the school grounds with their classes, and remember to Leave their Rubbish at Home! For more information about Enviroweek and the school’s involvement, check out the Flatchat article from 27th August under What’s On.

Nude Food
Winters Flat Primary School will have a Zero Waste policy – Nude Food Lunch Boxes (lunch boxes that have no rubbish) every day.

Prep/1M are leading the Nude Food initiative at Winters Flat with their assembly on waste awareness

Sustainability VICPrep/1M are leading the Nude Food initiative at Winters Flat with their assembly on waste awareness

– Many students across the school already have nude food lunch boxes; however there are still some students that will need to become more responsible for the rubbish they bring to school, as there is lots of rubbish left on the school grounds. If students do bring rubbish to school, they need to open their food and put their rubbish back into their lunchboxes/bags straight away and take it home.

An example of a Nude Food - rubbish free lunch box

An example of a Nude Food – rubbish free lunch box

– All plastic containers/lunchboxes will need to have students’ names on them, so if misplaces they can be returned to their owners. We don’t want to find plastic containers everywhere around the school. Please label your child’s plastic containers/lunchboxes.