Science & Sustainability
Due to our participation in the Outer Metro Program for four years, and close relationship with Scitech and Governor Stirling Senior High School, our staff are highly-trained at implementing the Western Australian Curriculum through the delivery of innovative science programs. Selected staff have also recently engaged in STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) professional development to begin to bring together these key areas in our teaching.
Science and sustainability are calibrated to enable students to question, investigate, understand and communicate about the physical, biological and technological world while emphasising the need to protect the planet for future generations.
The students are involved in many recycling projects including paper, food, mobile phone, dry cell battery and ink cartridge recycling.
An extensive kitchen garden was established in 2008. Each class is responsible for the maintenance of a garden bed, propagating and planting herbs and vegetables. Students are encouraged to eat produce from the garden, developing their understanding of healthy eating practices.
Our project to build bird boxes was completed in 2012 with the assistance of Greg Doering, a volunteer from Landgate. Money was raised for the materials and Birds Australia invited to the school to help identify the birds and types of nests they require.
With support from the City of Swan, Midland MRA and Helena River Catchment Group, the students are keenly involved in community projects including the maintenance of the Yelverton Road Community Vegetable and Herb Garden, and revegetation of a storm-water damaged tract of land near the school. Over 3000 trees and shrubs have been planted to date.
Many science investigations are undertaken at these sites such as the measuring and monitoring of tree growth.
The school has been extensively fitted with solar paneling, enabling students to monitor school energy use and reflect on the potential for technology to reduce negative environmental impacts.
The school collaborates with a number of agencies and projects including:
- Water Wise Schools Program
- Australian Sustainability in Schools Initiative
- Mobile Phone Muster
- EMRC-Dry Cell Battery collection
- Helena River Catchment Group