East Bentleigh Primary School recognises that the environment is integral to the quality of our student’s lives. We endeavour to reduce our ecological footprint through adopting sustainable practises.
With regards to waste it is our aim is to minimise landfill waste produced by the school and increase the percentage of material that is reused and recycled.
Since 2010 East Bentleigh Primary School has been developing a Sustainability Curriculum which includes the Resource Smart Aussi Vic Schools program under the guidance of CERES Education Consultant Kirsty Costa. In 2010 - 2012 East Bentleigh was selected as one of 30 schools to be offered a funded spot to work through the ResourceSmart AuSSI Vic Schools Program – Core/Waste/Energy Modules. Explore all our work here.
Sustainability Captains / Green Team Captains
In 2010 East Bentleigh Primary School selected its first ever Sustainability Captains. These Grade six students were encouraged to attend sustainability meetings, enter in the school’s SETS data, participated in the schools sustainable projects which included Permaculture Garden, Indigenous Garden and the Outdoor Garden – initiate our Nude Food Project and ensure that the community is informed of the many actions that are undertaken by regular talks at assembly and reports to the school council.
Our Sustainability Policy
In 2010 East Bentleigh Primary School developed our Sustainability Policy and have continued to implement a hands-on approach to education for sustainability through learning experiences and whole school events.
Energy Saving Initiatives
Walking School Bus
Here at East Bentleigh Primary School we would love to initiate ‘Walk/Ride to school’ programs but it is difficult to get students involved as many of our families travel lengthy distances to access our Steiner stream.
After brainstorming with our Eco Team we instigated a Walking School Bus every Wednesday morning. Two enthusiastic staff members meet families at a park approximately one kilometre from the school and walk to school. Our highest number of participants has been 35 so far. It is amazing what you can achieve with a little enthusiasm!