St Joseph's Enviro team created art displays, took park in animal petting and planted trees this week as part of an exciting program during the Kids Teaching Kids Week for 2019.
Kids Teaching Kids Week is a free, national, peer teaching program that uses the environment as a theme and focus for learning.
For 20 years, Kids Teaching Kids has inspired more than 140,000 children across Australia to learn how to care and respect their local environment.
St Joseph's teacher Michelle Tarrant, who helps initiate the program at the school, said it's vital to teach the students the importance of recycling.
"It's important to teach and promote to the students at a young age the importance of sustainable living and recycling," she said.
The St Joseph's Enviro Team, inspired by the Envision Hands project, used bottle tops as their focus this year.
The team researched what happens to their plastic bottle once they recycle it in the Return and Earn program and looked at alternative ways to reuse some types of plastic.
The envision hands program collects and makes prosthetic hands for children overseas.
Students, staff and parents were encouraged to make something containing bottle tops as part of art displayed this week at school.
In partnership with Terracycle recycling the school have added the recycling of preloved writing instruments to the many other things the school currently collect and recycle (phones, stamps, glasses, bread tags, oral care waste, plastic bottles).
As part of the Take me Outside Program Mrs Tarrant took the opportunity this week to take the Enviro team to visit St Paul's Agriculture farm on Thursday.
"The children had a great time petting and feeding the animals, collecting eggs and planting seeds," Mrs Tarrant said.
At the close of the week, the team planted a Mary McKillop bottle brush outside the school hall.
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