WRPS Sustainability

At William Ruthven Primary School, we value sustainability where students, parents, staff and our community engage in practises which protect and encourage the growth of knowledge about and for the protection of our world’s natural environment.

Sustainability at our school is:

  • Everyone to have ownership and be responsible
  • To understand the reasons for sustainability
  • To accept this responsibility and care for our shared environment
  • Understanding that actions today will affect future generations.

Sustainability at our school is educating and involving the school community to take responsibility and ownership of looking after our environment.

Our school works together to understand and improve sustainability in day-to-day operations, curriculum and community. We reduce our impact on the Earth in order to produce a clean, safe and healthy environment and preserve for future generations.

In 2013, our school joined the Resource Smart AussiVIC Program, which sets out a process to achieve 5 Star Accreditation for schools. Students and staff have been reviewing our current practises and collecting information in areas such as,

  • Waste management (How much rubbish do we generate?)
  • Energy consumption (How much electricity and gas do we use?)
  • Bio-diversity (How many plants and what types do we have in our school grounds?)
  • Water usage, (How much water do we use and what is it used for?)
  • Curriculum (What is being taught in our school about our Sustainability?)

How it looks at WRPS:

Nude Food

Every week Gnomeo – our sustainable garden gnome is awarded to the class that has brought the most nude food to school. Nude Food days are about encouraging students to pack their lunches in reusable containers and to choose lunch box foods that are sustainable and have minimal to no packaging.

Below is an example of a nude food lunch box.

Garden Club

In 2018, we established a gardening club. Many students participated and we look forward to continuing to expand student participation in 2019 and beyond. Darebin Council awarded the club a $5000 grant to expand to meet the enthusiastic demand of students. We have purchases 5 additional garden beds and a water tank, which were installed at the end of Term 1.

Active April

WRPS has been an Active April school since 2015. Every April, students participate in the program at school and at home with the aim of completing 30 minutes of physical activity every day for our health.

Ride to School Day

WRPS is an annual participant in National Ride to School Day. In 2019, 80% of students travelled to school by riding or walking on the day. Darebin City Council sponsored the school with a free special breakfast for all active travellers. The success of the day has led to establishing ‘Active Travel Fridays’, where students are encouraged to walk or ride to school every Friday to promote physical activity and reduce reliability on car.



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