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From term 4 every Friday will be a litter free lunch day at Newlands.
Much of the rubbish that we generate and send to landfill comes from the packaging on the food we buy, and lunch foods are no exception.
In fact, it has been estimated that on average a school-age child using a disposable lunch generates three pieces of litter per day, which equates to 30 kg of waste per year.
Based around the 3Rs (Reduce, Reuse, Recycle) – litter free lunches (also known as ‘nude food’) are lunches that contain food items with no disposable packaging or single use items, such as pre-packaged foods, plastic bags, juice poppers, bottled water, disposable utensils, plastic straws or food wrapped in cling wrap or foil.
Instead, all food is provided in reusable food and drink containers, so that there is no packaging to place into the bin and the majority of the waste produced is organic (i.e. food scraps) which can be recycled via school compost bins and worm farms.
Benefits of litter free school lunches include:
- students eating healthier lunches, as they are being provided with less pre-packaged ‘gimmicky’ snack foods and more fresh food in appropriate amounts
- less waste being produced and sent to landfill
- cheaper lunches, as food items bought in bulk are less expensive than pre-packaged products
- a reduction in waste collection and disposal costs to the school, as less waste is being generated by the school community
- providing students with a practical example of how simple behaviour change can easily address a widespread environmental issue
- promotion of environmental stewardship and advocacy within the school
- a cleaner school; research has shown that less litter is dropped in areas free of litter compared to areas where litter is more noticeable.
Introducing a litter free lunch day or program is a great way to reduce the amount of rubbish coming into school.
Hi Everyone in Mr O’Brien’s class in Ouyen
We had a great day at Merri Creek even though it was raining.
The water wasn’t very clear because of all the rain but that did mean that it was flowing at a faster rate than it usually does.
Our favourite part of the day was counting the different animals and insects that live in the creek. There were small fish, yabbies and we found eight other insects and even a water spider. The spider made some of us jump when it jumped out of the water.
It was a great day. We’d love to hear about anything special you do at school.
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Merri Creek Management Committee (MCMC) received funding to run some activities for Education Week 2015 and we have been fortunate enough to have been asked to participate in the program they are offering.
All students in Grades 3-6 will be involved in the program.
We will be visiting Merri Creek at DeChene Reserve, Coburg on Thursday 21st of May.
Students will perform waterway experiments using mathematics to examine and calculate waterway conditions. Each group will undertake 3 hands-on sessions that explore a different aspect of creek health.
-flow; how fast the water runs and its impacts
-life; what the number of waterbugs can tell us is
-clarity; how clear the water is
We will be walking to DeChene Reserve. Departing school at 8:45 a.m. and returning at approximately 1:00 p.m
All students will need to be in full school uniform and bring along a coat and appropriate footwear for visiting the creek. Shelter will be available if it rains on the day. They will need to bring along a snack and water bottle.
Wally Whitford lives in the same street as our school. He is 93 years old. During WW2 he fought for Australia. His father, also called Walter Whitford was in WW1.
He was kind enough to leand us some of his private museum pieces to have on display at school.
You can use the following websites to find out more about Australia during World War 1.
Planning your day at Funfields
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