The Melbourne Declaration (2008) [set out below], identifies 3 key areas that need to be addressed for Australian school students. One of these is Sustainability
The Melbourne Declaration
Identified three key areas that need to be addressed for the benefit of both individuals and Australia as a whole.
In the Australian Curriculum these have become priorities that provide students with the tools and language to engage with and better understand their world at a range of levels.
The priorities provide dimensions which will enrich the curriculum through development of considered and focused content that fits naturally within learning areas. They enable the delivery of learning area content at the same time as developing
knowledge, understanding and skills relating to:
· Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander histories and cultures
· Asia and Australia's engagement with Asia
Across the Australian Curriculum, sustainability will allow all young Australians to develop the knowledge, skills, values and world views necessary for them to act in ways that contribute to more sustainable patterns of living.
It will enable individuals and communities to reflect on ways of interpreting and engaging with the world. The Sustainability priority is futures-oriented, focusing on protecting environments and creating a more ecologically and socially just world through informed action. Actions that support more sustainable patterns of living require consideration of environmental, social, cultural and economic systems and their interdependence.
In 2016 NASHS implemented an audit of curriculum and sustainability practices across the school.
Subsequently, a comprehensive sustainability plan 2017-2020 was developed.
This plan incorporates policy from the Department of Education. The Department of Education website identifies two core aspects of sustainability; Ecological Footprint and Social Handprint.
The Sustainability Action Plan developed at NASHS focuses predominately on the Ecological Footprint, although does begin to identify the Social Handprint features.
The Sustainability Plan encompasses and addresses targets and tasks for; year levels, departments, and the whole school.
The main focus for 2019 will be;
- The introduction of yard recycling bins which will hopefully look similar to the image shown below.
- Consolidating the existing office and classroom recycling program
- Using contact time and students in contact to recycle our orange classroom recycling bins weekly.
- Education of students about the Sustainability Plan and recycling with particular focus on year 7 students
- Highlighting sustainability aspects of the curriculum in each subject area.
- Introducing appropriate sustainability materials and tasks into the curriculum in each subject area.
- Continue to assess and evaluate NASHS Sustainability Action Plan,
Our sustainability plan is available for perusal on the NASHS school website.
Any further questions, comments and or feedback please contact Ms Kneebone - HASS teacher, on 98 902 611