NASHS Sustainability Plan 2017 - 2020


Sustainability Plan
NASHS Sustainability Action Plan Brochure
NASHS School Board Presentation

Sustainability Update

In week 8 of term 4 2019 the year 7 Councillors participated in a Sustainability Education Day.


Students attended the Clean -a -Way AWARE centre on Hanrahan Rd.   Brad waldron informed students about the recycling process and students toured the manual recycling facility.


Back at school Rachel Pontin from Green-skills assisted students with an audit of the recycling yard bins (yellow) and the general waste bins (red)


The data collected will be used to further educate students in 2020.


Students then had a tour of the NASHS bush area.  Ms Kneebone talked to students about local threatened species eg. Western Ringtail possum and Carnabys Black Cockatoo


Students were also informed about the local/endemic tree species, the significance of the bush to the local community and its value in supporting biodiversity.


On our walk we also collected rubbish found in the bush.


Year 7 councillors conducted a bin audit of both the general waste bin and recycling bin and these are the main summary points

  • Although food waste is potentially recyclable at NASHS we are not currently doing this - hopefully when FOGO arrives 
  • Significant amounts of soft plastic chip and lolly packets
  • Confusion about items that can be recycled and what goes in each bin, this needs to be addressed in 2020 with another education program
  • work to minimise soft plastics and recycle them

It is now possible to RECYCLE all 

  • Pens
  • Textas
  • White board markers
  • Mechanical pencils
  • Writing implements with plastic casings

There is a collection box in the library and the HASS office.  This is funded by specific manufacturers as part of closing-the-loop resource use and all brands are accepted.

More information can be found here at Terracycle and the collection point in Albany is Eco House which is where filled boxes will be delivered.

Coloured Recycling Bins

Several yellow recycling bins have been placed around the school yard. Two are located in a cage (made with help from D&T students) with a red general waste bin.  Ms Kneebone has been attending year assemblies this term to intoduce the new bin inititative to students and Mr Brad Waldron from Clean a Way has also been to speak with year 7 and 8 students.

Most year 7, 8 and 9 classes have now watched the ABC series "War on Waste".

School Yard Recycling Bins New Initative

In term 3 NASHS will commence the utilisation of playground recycling bins.  

We will roll out the recycling bins progressively with 4 sets of bins distributed initially.  Yellow bins will be used for recycling; paper / cans / plastic bottles. Red bins will be used for general waste; all things that cannot be recycled and food waste until the compost system is implemented.

Sustainability at NASHS

In 2016 NASHS implemented an audit of curriculum and sustainability practices across the school. Subsequently, a comprehensive sustainability plan 2017-2020 was developed.

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
  • Sustainability

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 empty 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 the Sustainability Strategic Plan,

Any further questions, comments and or feedback please contact Ms Kneebone - HASS Teacher on 98 902 611

The Education Department Sustainability website page -  click here