Earth Hour

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Posted by ecanning | Posted in Uncategorized | Posted on April 26, 2015

 

We had to turn the lights, the computers and the interactive white boards off because Earth Hour means that we use no energy or power throughout the school on a specific day. Around the world everyone turns off their power to raise awareness about Global Warming. By Danielle and Jacinta (Year 6)

Here are some Energy Saving Tips for your home:

1. Wear the right clothes Dress for the temperature. Layering clothes and wearing wool helps keep you warm in winter, and means you can turn your heater down.

2. Shut doors and close curtains Shut doors to areas you are not using and only heat or cool the rooms you spend the most time in.

3. Set your thermostat In winter heating can account for over 30% of your bill. Set your thermostat between 18 and 20 degrees.

4. Turn heaters and coolers off when you don’t need them Turn off when you leave the room, or go to bed.

5. Wash clothes using cold water You can save around $115 per year by washing clothes in cold water.

6. Run your fridge efficiently Make sure the door seal is tight and free from gaps so cold air can’t escape. An ideal fridge temperature is 4 or 5 degrees and an ideal freezer temperature is minus 15 to minus 18 degrees Celsius.

7. Insulate your roof An insulated ceiling makes a big difference to your power bills.

8. Stop standby power waste Did you know your phone charger is still using energy even when your phone is not attached? Up to 10% of your electricity could be used by gadgets and appliances that are on standby.

9. Save energy in the kitchen If you use the stove, keep lids on your pots to reduce cooking time. Use the economy cycle on your dishwasher and only run it when it’s full.

10. Use energy-efficient light globes Replace old incandescent and halogen light globes with energy-efficient globes.

 

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Kids Teaching Kids Week 2015

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Posted by ecanning | Posted in Uncategorized | Posted on April 22, 2015

Kids Teaching Kids Week 2015

St Peter’s is excited to announce that they will once again participate in Target Kids Teaching Kids Week in 2015. All students will participate in a variety of environmental activities as well as our whole school Green Day. Our year 4 students will also begin working on their very own KTK presentations in the near future. These will also be presented on Green Day. This will take place in the first week of September.

 

 

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4CS learns about cooking

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Posted by ecanning | Posted in Uncategorized | Posted on April 17, 2015

In our Stephanie Alexander session today, 4CS worked in the classroom to develop their knowledge of various types of food that they may come across in the program. The students completed a sorting activity and then made posters to share thier knowledge.

 

4ML Planting

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Posted by ecanning | Posted in Uncategorized | Posted on April 17, 2015

 

 

During the Stephanie Alexander Kitchen Garden Program today 4ML worked with our community volunteer, Frank, in the garden area. They planted lots of seedlings including lettuce, brocolli, celery and silverbeet.

Thanks to the Borg family for your kind donation of a number of new seedlings for our autumn/winter planting.

 

IMG_2801[1] IMG_2804[1] IMG_2806[1]During the Stephanie Alexander Kitchen Garden Program today 4ML worked with our community volunteer, Frank, in the garden area. They planted lots of seedlings including lettuce, brocolli, celery and silverbeet.

Thanks to the Borg family for your kind donation of a number of new seedlings for our autumn/winter planting.

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Resource Smart Update

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Posted by ecanning | Posted in Uncategorized | Posted on April 15, 2015

Resource Smart Update:
We are very excited to announce that St Peter’s has been successful in gaining certification of the BIODIVERSITY module in the Resource Smart Aussi Vic Program. This is now the fourth module that we have completed (in addition to the core, energy and waste modules), and has been achieved based on the dedication and actions of our whole school community. There were many actions we needed to complete and maintain to get this award. Some of these have included:
*Developing our kitchen garden
*Participation in National Tree Day and assisting the council in establishing reserves in Mernda/South Morang
*Working with Melbourne Zoo to assist in breeding the critically endangered Lorde Howe Island stick insects
*Auditing the current habitat quality of our school.
Well done to all of our students, families and staff who have assisted us in getting to where we are.
The next module that we will explore as a whole school will be the water module.
To learn more about this program please visit:
http://www.resourcesmartschools.vic.gov.au/about/

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Love Your Yarra Art Project

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Posted by ecanning | Posted in Uncategorized | Posted on September 13, 2014

On Thursday, 50 year 4-6 students worked with artist, Peter Day, to contribute to a sculpture as part of the ‘Love the Yarra’ project. The project is a Victorian Government initiative, supported by Melbourne Water, to raise awareness of the importance of the Yarra River. The session began with the students listening to guests from Melbourne Water discuss biodiversity and the Yarra. Students then each painted a wooden tile with their interpretation of the Yarra River. All the tiles will be collated to contribute to a sculpture that will be over 7 metres long and will be displayed at Federation Square from October 14 to 23. Some students were even interviewed by a professional videographer and will be on the big screen at Federation Square. We were very fortunate to be involved in this initiative as only four schools in Victoria were involved. St Peter’s will continue our involvement in the Love the Yarra project when a small group of students present on the pollution in the Yarra at the Kids of the Yarra, Kids Teaching Kids event on 10 October.

 

 

 

 

Green Day

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Posted by ecanning | Posted in Uncategorized | Posted on September 11, 2014

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Biodiversity Clips for Green Day

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Posted by ecanning | Posted in Uncategorized | Posted on August 20, 2014

Below are some clips to help us to understand our new whole school focus area of BIODIVERSITY:

 

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*Biodiversity balance song 8min 35 seconds in

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What have you discovered about biodiversity?
Why is the balance so important?
In what ways can we protect biodiversity?

ALL ABOUT BIODIVERSITY

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Posted by ecanning | Posted in Uncategorized | Posted on August 20, 2014

What is biodiversity?

Biodiversity is a long word that can be a bit tricky to spell. It refers to all living things that form the web of life. Every part of biodiversity is linked to another part. The survival of each species depends on the health and numbers of others. Biodiversity is like a giant jigsaw puzzle. All the pieces go together to create and support life. When a species becomes extinct we lose a piece of our puzzle. We will never see the full picture again.

Where is biodiversity?

Biodiversity is everywhere. A teaspoon of salt water can contain more than a million living creatures too small to see. Grab a handful of soil and you may be holding thousands of species covering more than a billion individuals. It is estimated that we only know 10-20% of all species on our planet with many millions of species undiscovered. We have found the big stuff that we can easily see. It’s the little things that we don’t know about that may hold the secrets to medicines and energy of the future.

How does biodiversity help us?

Imagine being the designer of a tree. You create something that; makes oxygen, absorbs carbon dioxide, filters water, stores energy from the sun, makes sugars and food. It creates it’s own climate, provides habitat for millions of species and can change colour with the seasons. It’s a renewable resource for toys and building houses and can make copies of itself. A tree is just one part of the biodiversity puzzle that we need for healthy lives.

Is Australia doing a good job at protecting biodiversity?

Most biodiversity is out of sight and out of mind. Wetlands, swamps, mangroves and mud flats are not fun places for humans. We like to drain them and claim them for development. These places are nurseries for fish, birds and reptiles. What should we do? How do we strike a balance? Since the arrival of Europeans in Australia in 1788, there has been a big loss of biodiversity. The main reason is habitat loss. Introduced species like wild cats, pigs, dogs, camels and cane toads are also a threat to Australia’s biodiversity.

What can we do?

We can’t ignore the loss of biodiversity. The sooner we start the less difficult it will be later. Each of us can take action. How might you get your school to protect its biodiversity? Is your family interested in caring for and creating greater biodiversity at home? How can you get other people to listen to you and take action to help protect our biodiversity?

GREEN DAY

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Posted by ecanning | Posted in Uncategorized | Posted on August 20, 2014

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