During the Term break, Stage 6 of the Carey Oval embankment revegetation project commenced, with the removal of invasive tree species to the west of the sports complex. Over two days, Michael Paunovic and team from Tailored Tree Care, commenced the removal a thicket of invasive species including; African boxthorn (Lycium ferocissimum), Italian buckthorn (Rhamnus alaternus). Cotoneaster (Cotoneaster sp), Sweet pittosporum(Pittosporum undulatum), Plum (Prunus sp.), paving the way for revegetation with indigenous flora species. Over the coming fortnight, removal of the remaining ivy and morning glory creepers will commence and the planting of indigenous species is scheduled to commence in the latter half of this term.
Various student groups, including Sustainability Leaders and lunchtime volunteers, have assisted in the subsequent removal of litter from this area, in preparation for the next stage of the project.
As a result of overflowing bicycle racks on National Ride to School day, Justice and Solidarity Leader Lachlan Lamb has initiated a bicycle survey to ascertain how many extra bicycle racks are necessary to accommodate regular riders and factors that may encourage other students to ride to school. Access for the student survey will be provided via the student bulletin.
With the goal of completing the “Sustainable Cubby” project this term, Vita students have wasted no time, commencing with exterior painting of each cubby. The vibrant Pink Salmon and classic Pearl Lustre cream colours selected by archivist Mrs Susan Belluzzo, provide insight to our heritage, as they emulate the colours of old school houses that once stood on the Edmund Rice Campus. Providing cross curricula opportunity, one cubby will be retrofitted to showcase sustainable design practices and it is anticipated that the inside temperatures of each cubby will be monitored, providing a valuable learning tool for students undertaking various studies including; Environmental Science and Building practices.
On the continued success of this campaign, once again we are calling for donations of new and preloved bras in excellent condition for our “Bras for Fiji” campaign. A collection day will be conducted in conjunction with our Mother’s Day breakfast celebration on Monday 15 May. Collection bins will be located on route to the Mother’s Day Breakfast (gym foyer, Edmund Rice Campus) and at reception (both campuses).
Film director Damon Gameo (2040, That Sugar Film, Regenerating Australia), is currently casting for his new film “ Future Field Trip”. To this end, he is seeking eight children (aged 11-16) from around the world (and one of their parents) to join him in trip across Europe during July/August, in a yellow bus fuelled by biofuel, to explore some of the best ecological solutions, challenge some of the CEO’s of companies that could be doing better and work with the children to develop the skill they will need for the decades ahead with respect to caring for the environment.
Interested students may apply via the link below. Note; Applications close on Sunday 7 May.
The 3220 Beach Patrol Geelong group have scheduled a one-hour beach “Clean-up”, commencing at 9am on Saturday 27 May.
Volunteers are to meet at the upper end of the car park at 9:00am. Reusable bags and claws will be supplied. Participants are to bring their own gloves.
For more information and to register your interest, visit the 3220 Beach Patrol Group on Facebook.