Programs - SWAT
Every Monday afternoon Selby runs an environmental program with the grade 3 and 4 children.
The children form what is called the SWAT team which stands for “Saving water and trees”.
They wear their student designed T-shirt proudly.
Working alongside a team of enthusiastic parents and teachers the children spend much time promoting sustainability within the school. Activities may include tidying the school of any rubbish, recycling, weeding, sweeping, adding mulch to the garden, planting, composting, cleaning gutters, maintaining and harvesting the vegetable garden and cooking from the produce harvested from within the garden.
During this environmental time, facilitated by the Yarra Ranges Shire, “Learning for Sustainability” program, the children are also involved in activities that focus on the five steps necessary to be recognised as a sustainable school.
Key areas in the five step program are:
- Water- Conservation and Quality
- Energy- Resources and Pollution
- Materials- Waste and Litter
- Biodiversity- Habitat and Food Gardens
- Community- Training, Curriculum and Partnerships.