Nano’s Nature Nurturers
Meeting held in the library St Michael’s Primary Blacktown South
9 August 2010
Present: Charlotte Gourlie, Sandra Russo, Danielle Ottley,
Paula Murphy, Gai Clark, Alicia Politano: St Michael’s
Carol Hawkes: St Patrick’s Primary Blacktown
Carolyn Duval: Good Shepherd Primary Plumpton
Zhan Patterson: Sustainable Resources Engagement Officer - BCC
Clare Maloney: Itinerant Teacher: Communication - CEO
Apologies: John Laffan: Principal - St Michael’s,
Michael Siciliano: Assistant Principal - St Michael’s
Reflection – “Just the Way You Are”
- On Wednesday 25 August, Nano Cottage Kitchen Garden Language Group students and three Year Six students will plant out tube stock trees and ground cover in a designated area of the school. This is Part 2 of an environmental project with the Greening Australia Schools program.
- Charlotte is collecting coupons through the McCain’s Veggie Patch offer, which closes on 31 October.
- Sandra organized a day for teachers to label students’ hats and jackets, to minimise “wastage” of students’ uniforms and to save money for parents.
- The school newsletter now has a “Green Zone” column … thanks Sandra … feel free to contribute!
- Clare suggested that schools adopt the idea of a “Waste Free Wednesday” where all rubbish brought to school on that day, is taken home.
- Zhan presented the group with challenging questions on environmental issues and asked participants to give reasons for their answers – very thought provoking! Zhan also spoke about every day items which are made using OIL such as sticking tape, aspirins, credit cards and lipstick, with a reminder that the continued supply of oil is not a given! Zhan showed vision of a community village in Scotland where residents are working towards sustainability … very inspiring! Thank you Zhan for your contribution, especially on your day off!
September is Biodiversity Month, Week 2 – Term 4 is Water Week and the Parramatta Learning Community for Sustainability meeting is on Wednesday 8 September, 11.30am at St Francis of Assisi Primary Glendenning. Guest presenters will be Jacqueline Remond, Executive Director of Catholic Earthcare Australia and Zhan Patterson Sustainable Resources Engagement Officer – BCC.
A website of interest: www.lifeisagarden.com.au
Next Meeting: 3.15pm Monday 1 November - Week 4 -Term 4 at NCKG
(All Saints day)