Tuesday 10 June 2014

Focus on the environment

Ivanhoe Grammar School celebrated the environment and raised awareness on current environmental issues in the primary and senior years.
,, On Thursday 12 June, Year 5 students organised the Environment Expo in the Innovation Centre. The Expo was held between 9.00am and 12.00pm and it was wonderful to see so many students support so many different causes.

Imagine a world with clean air, pristine waterways and magnificent forests for all to enjoy. How do we achieve this? Students in Year 5 have been pondering this question throughout term 2.

As part of an investigation into environmental issues such as: deforestation, biodiversity, water pollution, air pollution and global warming, students presented the problems associated with these issues and offered potential solutions to the Buckley House community.

Students created information displays packed with information, interactive games, discussion boards and demonstrations to inform others of the issues and what we can do as individuals.

The Expo was well attended by students, staff and parents and the Year 5 classes thoroughly enjoyed sharing their learning.

During the first week of June, the Senior Years Library at The Ridgeway Campus celebrated Environment Week, combining World Environment Day and World Oceans Day into a week of vibrant and innovative activities.

Some of the activities included a drive to collect the ring-pulls from soft drink cans which can be recycled into prosthetic limbs for landmine victims and learning the art of recycling by making flower pots from old newspapers. The movie Jungle 2 Jungle was screened each lunchtime in the reading room of the library.

Along the way, students were also busily raising funds for the Orangutan Project. The Student Library Committee elected to raise money for this worthy cause and was able to raise over $200 in just one day at a cake stall. Fundraising will continue for some weeks with a lolly jar and raffle.

World Environment Day on 5 June is the United Nations main vehicle to raise awareness and action for the environment. Over time it has grown globally and it brings people together to do something positive and meaningful for the environment.
,, The theme of the 2014 World Environment Day is Year of Small Island Developing States (SIDS) and it is hoped that a greater understanding of the necessity to protect vulnerable Islands as a result of climate change will be gained.

World Oceans Day on 8 June encourages people from all over the world to celebrate and honour the ocean. The day has been running since 2002 and was officially recognised by the United Nations in 2008. The 2014 theme is, Together we have the power to protect the ocean.