Sustainability is an intrinsic part of our teaching and learning at Solway and we have successfully integrated it into the curriculum by having ‘Sustainability’ as an Inquiry focus at all school levels, throughout the two year rotation of Inquiry throughlines. The science program at Solway Primary School, in which all students participate, has strong links to the Sustainability Cross-Curriculum Priority. In addition, we run a well-established Kitchen Garden program teaching the cycle of planting, growing, harvesting, cooking and recycling of our waste products. Each year we educate the Preps about the benefits of worms in our gardens in our ‘Learn about Worms’ session.
Annually, many Solway students participate in the Victorian Science Talent Search. This competition fits closely with the Victorian Curriculum philosophy of teaching and learning. There is a close match between many STS sections and Victorian Curriculum Achievement Standards.
The Year 5&6 students have participated in the Kids Teaching Kids program for many years, in which the students create lessons in the four areas of sustainability; Energy, Waste, Biodiversity and Water. The students then teach their lessons to the younger students in the school.
In March 2018 the Solway Environment Team Leaders attended the Boroondara Student Sustainability leadership Summit to learn about the sustianable practices being implimented at another school, to hear from a range of inspiring speakers in areas of sustainability and to create a sustainability project which the team will work towards achieving this year, to be celebrated in EnviroWeek in October 2018.
Led by the Environment Captains, the Environment Team are responsible for many aspects of Sustainability at Solway, including school newsletter articles, assembly presentations, classroom demonstrations and helping to manage and measure our different waste streams.