St Anthony’s has an Outdoor Nature Learning Garden, Fish Pond, Frog Pond, Chooks, Orchard, Sacred Space, the Stephanie Alexander Kitchen Garden Program (SAKGP), a Butterfly Garden and an extremely successful recycling program.
Stephanie Alexander Kitchen Garden Program
The Stephanie Alexander Kitchen Garden Program is the centrepiece of our commitment to sustainability. Here at St Anthony’s, students from Year 6 & 7 participate in a fortnightly rotation, where they learn new skills, grow, harvest, cook and share produce that is grown in our garden. Students are responsible for the planting of all seedlings and caring for the plants and garden, using their own initiative to develop the success of their produce.
Four Year 6/7 students are selected from those who apply from the school environment group. The four students participate in an Earthkeeper’s Camp in Naracoorte as well as plan and work on a project that encourages environmental sustainability. Recent projects include the ‘waste mini bin challenge’, in an attempt to reduce the amount of waste and disposing recyclable products correctly. At the 2018 Limestone Coast School Waste Reduction and Recycling
Challenge awards, St Anthony’s was awarded 2nd in the ‘highest waste amount composted per capita’, and 1st in ‘most recyclables per capita’.
Nude Food Lunchboxes
A Waste-free Lunch
A Disposable Lunch
St Anthony’s encourages wrapper free lunchboxes, an initiative that has seen a dramatic decrease in school yard litter as well as an increased awareness in the use of finite resources.
Each class has a recycling bin as well as a bucket for composting. The waste disposal in the classrooms match that of the rubbish bins system. By encouraging correct waste disposal students consider the resources they are using and the ways to manage waste.