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School strike for Climate update

Come and show your support for strong climate action tomorrow Friday 15th March from lunchtime.

We’ll meet in front of the college at 1.20pm and walk down together to the lake and back in time to catch the buses.

 

Assembly

Team Green students announcing the strike yesterday in assembly

Team Green ODT

A few Team Green students in the Otago Daily Times today

Welcome to 2019 Team Green

We meet Thursdays lunchtimes in the library, a committed team of year 7, 8 and 9 students and 3 Year 12. Together, we start the year with a raffle aiming at raising money for more solar panels and explaining what Team Green is about.

You are welcome to join if you want to make a difference for our college and beyond as there are many projects to do! Energy, Fair Trade, Waste management, Climate change… and more.

End of a successful Year!

Fundraisers & Christmas gifts

We are selling Plants, currently for sale in the teachers’s yard: Spider plants, Aloe Vera $5 each
2019 Upper Clutha Calendars $20 each: Team Green receives $3 for each calendar sold, available in the staff room.
 

End of Year “do” in the Park

Enjoying cake and fair trade chocolate in the tall grass in Lismore Park, we discussed what went well this year and what we want to do next year. We are quite proud of our achievements this year:

  • three worms farms,
  • a fun scavenger hunt,
  • a school wide tree planting event…

Next year, we plan to:

  • repeat our recycle-well campaign
  • organise food waste management better
  • work on energy savings, divest our school from coal, more solar panels (needs lots of money for that!)
  • So fundraising will continue with fair trade bake sales and plant sales -as above!
  • We are chuffed to be invited by the architects to contribute to the new buildings concepts

It would be great if senior students would join us, we could then have several projects going.

Tree planting Photos

Thank you for a wonderful Tree Planting effort, 52 trees given a chance to strive in 30 minutes! Please note the love and care that was given in the action! Well done MAC! Long live Herbet and mates! 😉 Keep sending photos to teamgreen@mtaspiring.school.nz so they are added to the slideshow here.

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Thank you to Ziptrek, the sponsor of our trees!
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Last day of Term 3

Today we celebrated our term achievement with fair trade chocolate and cake!

Then we visited our food waste binWormss and worms. As we haven’t been able to present the system in assembly yet, the bins haven’t been used much and contain far too much orange peels. First thing next term is to explain everyone how to use them properly.

We fed the worms with what was in the bins. The worms looked good.


tree plantingThanks to our recycling of paper and cardboard, we have earned 39 native trees via the Paper4Trees scheme, up from 32 the previous year. We’ll plant them on the school ground during long whanau early next term.

More trees, less landfill! Well done everyone! Keep up the good work!

 

Someone’s sitting in the shade today because they planted a tree a long time ago.
~ Warren Buffet

Recycle your Food Waste!

There are now 3 RED Wheelie bins for food waste.  They are located together with a waste and recycling bin in the quad near the library, up the junior block, and near the play area.

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Please put all food leftovers in the RED wheelie bin but no wrapper, and no citrus.

Food waste

We have installed worms farms. We will feed the worms. Please do not disturb the worms so leave the white buckets closed.

Green Week at MAC

Programme

Monday and Tuesday lunchtime in the North Block:
Bag It movie: a fun and interesting documentary on what’s the problem with plastic and how to get rid of it. Come along with your lunch and enjoy!
Thursday:
Fair Trade Bake Sale lunchtime in the quad 
Friday: 
Team Green Scavenger hunt in long whanau: all students are invited to participate in this fast and fun event and it earns house points!

Collecting food waste to make compost

During the Climate Friendly School workshop, Team Green students decided to focus on collecting food waste and establishing a compost in term 2.

We invited Wastebusters Dr Compost to explain about compost and for some guidance on how to start: a food waste audit. We decide to collect the food waste from two classes for two weeks. It is probably not enough but we are a small group and only have 45 minutes per week!

Week One: We designed a poster, contacted teachers in charge, and sourced bins. We choose a Year 7 and a year 8 class.

Food waste bin poster

Week Two: we installed the bins in the two rooms with the posters on them and talked to the teachers -who had both agreed- so that they promote their use to their students. We created a system and a roster to go and empty the bins.

Week Three: No one had emptied to bins! So we go and do this together, it is quite hard work, smelly! And cleaning the bins is also a messy business.

Week-Four: We go again to empty the bins and weigh the result:

7.5kg of food waste collected in 2 weeks from 2 classes

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Comments:

  • There were no wrappers in them. That’s very good. Only one paper napkin found in 2 weeks.
  • There is lots of citrus and bread
  • There are many fruit stickers. And we know they do not compost.
  • There is less food waste the second week than the first. Did people forget? Is it too difficult to  open the lid?
  • It is difficult to wash the bins. We need a brush. And a place to empty the water with food leftovers in it. People will wash their own bins so we need to make it easy.
  • A teacher comments the bin were too big for her class. So we put it out. Will we have a bucket -with lid- per class or a central bigger bin?