Garden Based Learning
At St. Mary’s we encourage real-life sustainability learning. We work towards integrating sustainability into our planning as well as developing ways to improve resource management, embed sustainability practices into the school operations, teaching and learning and we encourage community engagement. We aim to give students the opportunity to learn about sustainability in a tangible and realistic environment. Our students are actively involved in learning how to take action to minimize waste, save energy and water, promote biodiversity and reduce greenhouse gas emissions. St. Mary’s is part of Resource Smart Schools which is a Victorian Government initiative that helps schools benefit from embedding sustainability in everything they do. The Resource Smart Aussie Vic 5 Star Sustainability Certification requires our school to demonstrate continuous improvement against benchmarks that are set in the areas of planning, biodiversity, energy, waste and water. We are continually working to become a highly sustainable school and have completed numerous projects and have many more planned to achieve this.
Our students take part in garden based learning programs where they actively learn about growing food and preparing it to eat.