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Byron Bay Public School

Byron Bay Public School

Respectful, Responsible, Fair

Telephone02 6685 6557

Emailbyronbay-p.school@det.nsw.edu.au

Sustainability

At Byron Bay Public School, we are committed to promoting sustainable education within the school community. Our aim is to consistently model sustainable behaviour by acting in environmentally responsible ways. In 2020 Byron Shire Council recognised the work we do with a Sustainability Award.

Our new building of ten classrooms was opened in 2019 and was designed with a focus on sustainability. Solar power was installed on the roof, there is a consistent waste system across the school and half flushes are operational in all toilets.

In 2020 we secured a NSW Sustainable Schools grant for an edible garden project. Senior students were involved in an audit of food waste at school and found that, on average, we produce 120 kilos of food waste each week. With that information we made the decision to purchase four Subpods from a local supplier to manage the food waste created. Students across the school are learning about composting and sustainable garden practices.

Our school garden grows herbs and vegetables and has a native beehive onsite. Our school gardener works in collaboration with teachers to run workshops and students can work with her in the garden on Thursday lunchtimes and at recess.

In 2021 we have been working closely with Aunty Delta Kay to establish a bush tucker trail around the school grounds. Students will be able to follow the trail and learn about native plants and how indigenous people have cared for Country and lived sustainably.