The Environment Committee supports the school staff and students in enhancing an attractive, functional and sustainable environment in the school buildings and the surrounds. As well as providing funds to assist major school grounds improvements such as the shade sail in the quadrangle , the Environment Committee organises working bees and minor enhancements to the grounds.
Environment Committee Report for 2013
What a great year it was, with a number of larger jobs that have been discussed for many years, finally completed and a few others finally started. We also held of one the largest & most successful working bees for many years.
The year started with the installation of some new shelving in the Band Instrument store room & replacement of the old blue rusted and worn seats in the quad, with 8 new more comfortable seats with an increased seating capacity of 24. During the Easter holidays a 14m bessar block wall & bin enclosure was installed at the bus stop and an old broken wall nearby was repaired. The old metal fence at the bus stop was raised to blend in with the new fence.
A long-planned 60m bessar block wall/seat was built outside the canteen, below the basketball courts. A much larger than expected job that was also completed this year was the replacement of four broken basketball towers with new towers.
The annual working bee was held on 15th and 16th of June. A huge effort was put in by more than 65 parents and students who completed a large list of projects. The day finished up with a great BBQ and a few cold drinks. More working bees are planned for 2014, dates
to be decided.Another big job that was continued in 2013 was the maintenance and bush regeneration of the “Sandstone Heath” bushland, on the northern boundary of the top field, by the team from “Northside Enterprise” which employs people with a disability. This job started in 2012 and has seen a great improvement of this area.
Another big job that was continued in 2013 was the maintenance and bush regeneration of the “Sandstone Heath” bushland, on the northern boundary of the top field, by the team from “Northside Enterprise” which employs people with a disability. This job started in 2012 and has seen a great improvement of this area.
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Previous years’ activities have included:
2012 Extra seats purchased for playground, installation of shade structure in the quad, plantings, railing installed at bus shelter, replace seating in soft-fall area.
2011 major regeneration work of bushland at top end of the grounds (the area is used for science, art and photography classes.)
2008 installed rainwater tanks
2007 new seating for students around the basketball court area
2006 we cleaned up the environmentally very valuable bushland behind the school. We have received a grant for further environmental work.
2005 50th Anniversary Garden in the area between the school bus stop and the TAS block where staff currently park their cars.
2004 Clean up the area near the school bus stop on Harbord Road. This frontage of the school is the visible face of the school to the busy passing traffic.
2003 A new garden planted outside the main entrance of the school
2002 The school foyer area was redecorated