Solway Primary School recognises the importance of being a sustainable school for the benefit of the planet’s environmental health. Our goal is to manage resources efficiently and integrate sustainable practices by educating and motivating the whole school community to live more sustainably.
We joined the ResourceSmart Australian Sustainable Schools Initiative (AuSSI Vic) program in 2008. This program helps schools and students to actively build sustainability into the fabric of every day school and community life. We achieved our first star accreditation in Curriculum and Core Module in 2009. Since then the School Community has worked hard to meet the AuSSI Vic Program targets and in June 2012 we were awarded 5 Star Accreditation. In the same year we were also named as the City of Boroondara’s 2012 Sustainable School of the Year.
In 2015 we were reaccredited with our 5 star status which was another huge achievement. 2018 will see us seeking reaccreditation for the second time. Solway is one of only forty nine schools in Victoria to have reached 5 Star status, of 868 participating in Resource Smart Schools, and one of only a handful to achieve reaccreditation.
To achieve 5 Star Accreditation Solway has met benchmarks in the following:
Our 5 Star Accreditation has been achieved through the collaborative effort of our School Leadership Team, teachers, students and parents. Our Environment Captains, together with their team, are active in promoting initiatives, programs and competitions throughout the school, and the value of living sustainably to the wider school community.
For further information about Sustainability, please refer to the below websites:
Sustainability @ Solway
Watch our 3 minute film to see what exciting sustainable initiatives we have at Solway Primary.
This short film has a script and soundtrack created by the students of Solway Primary School. It documents the sustainability journey and shows the steps you take to become a leading 5 star rated primary school in Victoria, Australia. Enjoy watching the kids introduce you to the Principal, teachers, student leaders, parents and preppies and hear how excited they are about the school's sustainability initiatives. The film is 15 minutes in length and was filmed in 2012.
This short film was created by REPLAS with our Environmental Team to show their products and recycling plastics.