Barossa schools tackle sustainability

Lyndoch Primary School students alongside their five star wormfarmgarden
Lyndoch Primary School students alongside their five star wormfarmgarden

The subject of sustainability was in focus as five Barossa schools teamed up for a 'Student Voice Summit' hosted by Lyndoch Primary recently.

The aim of the Summit was for selected Year 5-7 students to share their experiences and showcase the sustainability projects they are currently working on in their student groups.

Lyndoch, Williamstown, Light Pass Primary Schools, and St Jakobi and Good Shepherd Lutheran Schools all took part in the initiative.

A group of year 5 Lyndoch students proudly shared their successful 'wormfarmgarden' project.

"We have created a composting system because all our food scraps were going to waste," Lyndoch student Jessica said.

"We made a bucket with holes in it to put the worms in and the worms eat all the food scraps."

"It helps make our school a better environment."

These 'worm hotels' are buried in each vegie garden, with large holes drilled into the sides and bottom allowing the worms to come and go freely.

Students then simply empty their classroom's food scrap bins into the worm farm bucket each day.

This is a better method than free-standing worm hotels as the worms can migrate according to the season.

"We are thrilled with the impact the student Sustainability Group is having across the entire school," Lyndoch Primary principal Ken Randall said.

Mr Randall explained that the group evolved last year with the assistance of Natural Resources Management (NRM) Education, parent volunteers, and student input which has improved recycling of school waste.

"Our students conducted a bin systems audit and have encouraged staff to think differently about lunchtime eating habits," Principal Randall said.

"They have also redesigned and created new bin labels to encourage less contamination of bins."

NRM Education Officer, Chris Hall, said the summit encourages the expression of authentic student voice, by involving students in decision-making, planning and taking action.

Participating schools were Lyndoch, Williamstown, Light Pass Primary Schools, and St Jakobi and Good Shepherd Lutheran Schools.

The NRM Education Program is an initiative of the Adelaide and Mount Lofty Ranges Natural Resources Management Board, funded from the NRM levy.