The Eco Team have been working busily towards ensuring that sustainability is placed front and centre at Frankston High School. Priority at the moment is being given to preparing a school policy that leads us down the path of becoming single-use plastic free in 2020.
The Eco Team is not taking this responsibility lightly as they realise it will be a big change for many members of the Frankston High School community. However it will definitely be worth the effort given what plastics are doing to the environment. It is particularly noteworthy that humans are now, according to the journal of Environmental Science and Technology, ingesting anywhere from 39,000 to 52,000 pieces of plastic annually. More if you drink regularly from a plastic bottle! The journal also stated these estimates are very likely on the conservative side.
Eco Team members Michaela Goggin (Year 10) and Allira Reid (Year 8) also had a visit from Peta Murphy MP who planted a tree with them to celebrate National Trees’ Day. Mrs. Murphy gave the girls time to have a chat with her, and the girls were able to express their opinions about environmental concerns as well as enquiring about her intentions for dealing with environmental issues in parliament.
Later this term Michaela, as Eco Team president, will be speaking at the Geography Teachers’ Association of Victoria conference (at the Melbourne Exhibition Centre no less!) from a student’s point of view about sustainability and climate change. She will be part of the keynote address, speaking alongside Melbourne’s Lord Mayor amongst others. Further, the Eco Team will be presenting a workshop for Geography teachers about the reasons why Eco Teams are necessary in schools and the basics of how to form one.
The Frankston High School Staff Environmental Group met for the first time and came up with an action plan to do lots across the school, from the creation of a ‘close the loop’ station at school through to production of a pamphlet explaining the complexities of climate change and the need for change across our school, with a no-nonsense and common sense guide to how changes can be made.
And finally, you may have noticed a small garden bed has been setup out the front of the 7-10 campus. This is a beneficial insect garden that has been installed to help increase the numbers of beneficial insects in the area. A number of gardens have been setup around the Frankston region and Frankston High School was more than happy to become a hosting school. The Eco Team were involved in the planting and parent Narelle Debenham was crucial to organising the whole thing, including being at the school at 6.45am Saturday morning for its installation and procuring a donation of plants from Bunnings! Frankston High School would like to thank Narelle wholeheartedly for her efforts.
Mr Brendan McKinnon