NATIONAL RECYCLING WEEK
National Recycling Week was celebrated at the College last week, with the focus on helping to reduce our waste and to recycle correctly. Planet Ark established National Recycling Week back in 1996 and every year we come up with various activities to make recycling a whole lot easier.
The Primary Campus shared daily Planet Ark tips to our parent community, including those that you see below. Simple changes such as never placing recyclables in plastic bags when it goes into our home yellow bins is something we can all do. Unfortunately when this occurs, the recycling from our yellow bin ends up going to landfill instead.
At the Secondary Campus our focus was on educating staff and students on the correct use of our yard recycling bins. We ran a Year 7 – 11 recycling quiz where the winning class, 8GPC-02 were treated to Zooper Doopers (a classic favourite!). Some tricky items were in the quiz such as disposable face masks and bamboo cutlery which can in fact go into two different coloured recycling bins.
Another challenge run at the Secondary Campus by the Eco Squad was the ‘Recycling Challenge’ where Year 7 and 8 students raced the clock to recycle all items correctly. This was a whole lot of fun and with the prize at stake being a Canteen voucher, students were very competitive. Congratulations to our Year 7 winner, Aidan Grieger coming in at 15 seconds, and to our Year 8 winner Anthony Marafioti with a scorching time of 10 seconds, both winning in the ‘tongs division’. Special mention in the ‘bare knuckles division’ goes to Jack Musci with an absolutely devasting time of 4.23 seconds!
Besides having fun with recycling, the biggest message that we hoped to portray was how easy it is to recycle in our school, and that we don’t actually need red landfill bins. We have only ten remaining at the Secondary Campus and two at the Primary Campus.
It is actually much simpler than home recycling if you follow these two simple rules: Food in GREEN and the rest in YELLOW.
Happy Recycling Everyone!
Mrs Robyn Palmer, Sustainability Officer
Advent comes from the Latin word meaning “coming”. Jesus is coming, and Advent is intended to be a season of preparation for His arrival. While we typically regard Advent as a joyous season, it is also intended to be a period of preparation much like Lent. Prayer, penance and fasting are appropriate during this season.
As we begin the season of Advent on Sunday, your family may like to make an advent wreath together and use it for prayer in the lead up to Christmas.
Best wishes for the Advent season and Christmas ahead.
Mr Robert Dempsey, Director of Mission