Environmental Sustainability at GLC
The foundational statements for Geelong Lutheran College speak of developing an emphasis on sustainability. This focus sits well with both our calling to be good stewards and to live a life of service.
Some of the most obvious ways we are achieving this include:
- Developing an appreciation of our outdoors through our camping program.
- Partnering with the Great Ocean Road Coast Committee (GORCC). This allows our Year 9 students to adopt a beach area and implement a plan for its rejuvenation. They learn about coastal vegetation and fauna, restore and maintain a beach area, and monitor the re-establishment of native vegetation.
- Partnering with Barwon Water, where our Year 8 students participate in a tree planting program and tour the nearby water treatment plant.
- Giving our Year 3-4 students hands on opportunities for learning about sustainable ways of living through the Stephanie Alexander Garden Project. Students grow their own produce (and eat it!), compost organic wastes and mulch around their plants.
Sustainability perspectives are also being developed in less tangible ways, such as through the use of recycled materials in technology projects and art works. The challenge before us is to further embed sustainability themes into our Curriculum in a coherent and authentic manner. To this end, a P-12 Curriculum Team has been formed for this purpose.
The recent adoption of the ResourceSmart Program provides us with a 5-year Program for embedding sustainability into our school practices. It includes school-wide strategies for minimising waste, saving energy and water, promoting biodiversity and reducing greenhouse gas emissions while giving students the opportunity to learn about sustainability.
There will be more to post in the year ahead, so please watch this space.
Barry Krueger (Head of School)
Jessica Soenderlund (Sustainability Faculty Head)