"To inspire and work with communities to clean up, fix up and conserve our environment."
Donvale Christian College aims to be a healthy eating and Sustainable School. This means we promote action and change throughout the College where students are encouraged to eat healthy food with minimal packaging. There are many types of lunchboxes that support this program. Our usual practice for waste generated from student lunches is for: Food scraps – to be sent to the worm farms, paper in paper recycling bins while all other waste is placed in the bins provided, taken home or recycled; Landfill go in the green bins and bottle and cans in the yellow bins. At the beginnings of recess and lunch time students remain seated in a designated area to eat their lunch rather than eating in the playground. At least once a Term we conduct a Wrap-free Week with a concerted focus to minimise waste.
‘National Schools Clean Up week’’
Our emphasis on managing waste wisely is founded on our vision to fulfil God’s command to care for the planet ( Genesis 1:28) and a commitment to being good stewards of the resources He has provided us. For this reason our College wholeheartedly embraces the National Schools Clean Up Campaign. Next week we will join thousands of students across the Nation and participate in a conversation each day on how we can care for the Creation by minimizing our use of plastic.
On Friday 10 March we will mobilize our College Community to have a big clean-up of our College grounds.
So far 2,223 primary schools and 1,119 youth groups have removed rubbish from locations right across the country.
By following a few simple steps we can stop plastic bags from blocking our drains and creeks, injuring our precious marine life and harming our wildlife.
We appreciate your support in this very important week as we explore the many ways we can be more practically sustainable. We look forward to working with our families to improve our culture of sustainability and stewardship.
Your fellow Creation-carers
Joel Molyneaux & Jael Smaller - Primary Environmental Captains
Holly,Goodridge & Hannah Jones - Secondary Environmental Captains
Berwick Agricultural Show
Last Saturday a number of our students participated in the Berwick Agricultural Show. This involved taking our College pure bred chickens and alpacas down to the venue and the students presenting them to a judge who tested them on their animal husbandry knowledge and their ability to calmly navigate the animal through a series of obstacles or stations. It was a lot of fun, a great boost for individual confidence but also a chance to enjoy 'farmy fellowship' and enjoy a country atmosphere. I was impressed with the mature way our students engaged with the judges, stewards and with other young people in the competition. A group of highly committed DCC parents were involved in setting up an obstacle course and running a commentary on proceedings.
The results - DCC won first in each age division; congratulations go to Tamaryn Kimber, Leah Burnett, Luke Armstrong and Taliesha Yelland. Also a great effort by Joshua Evans, Spencer Goodridge, Micaela Gionfriddo, Olivia and Grace Wilson and first timer Kevin Gorst . But the BIG NEWS...... after months of unswerving effort in both alpaca and poultry preparation Taliesha Yelland took out the Title of Champion Junior Alpaca Handler AND Champion Junior in the poultry section with an Australorp bantam rooster!! The judges noted Taliesha's leadership and encouragement of other participants and her friendliness. What a wonderful witness to all involved. Well done :)
DCC Animal Husbandry
Welcome to our newest baby alpaca - PHOENIX ! What an absolute cutie!
2016 ROYAL MELBOURNE SHOW RESULTS
Supreme Champion Intermediate trainer- 7-11yo - Grace Wilson
Champion Parader 15-18yo - Joshua Evans
Champion Parader 11-15yo - Leah Burnett
Luke Buxton, Luke Armstrong, Gemma Buxton, Tamaryn Kimber
1st - Emma Alcordo
1st - Caleb Mclennan
2nd - Spencer Goodridge/ Joshua Meaker/Annika Keesman
Hayley Meyer, Scarlett Hangan, Madison Smith, Zac Armstrong, Jasmine Buxton
Tim Aroyinde, Micaela Gionfoddo
National Wrap Free October- starts Term 4
Our Nude Food Day mission statement aims to change the eating habits of our DCC Community by empowering us to make better choices when it comes to packing food, while also drawing greater attention to the amount of land fill that is generated from food packaging and how action in this area shows godly stewardship.
Over the last two years our parent community has been incredibly supportive in eradicating wrappers from our playground and the key has been a commitment to removing plastic wrap from our children’s lunch boxes on a regular basis. At this time we have 82% of our families committed to this vision of using various types of wrap free lunchboxes and the difference is amazing! Our aim this Term is to reach 90% then 100% of the Primary in time for the National Nude Food Month in Term 4. We invite you to be a part of this initiative. Our ultimate goal is to be wrap free permanently 365 days a year.
From a Biblical perspective this day provides us with a golden opportunity to honour God by living more sustainably. By minimising the amount of packaging and waste we produce, we contribute towards a tidier playground and show our care for God’s creation. It also provides a more environmentally friendly alternative for the way families purchase, package and present food.
Thank you for your support as we seek to live more sustainably and care for His Creation.
Fellow Creation Carer
Mountain District Poultry Society 50th Anniversary Show
Congratulations to Taliesha Yelland on her win with a blue Pit Game male at the recent Mountain District 50th Show. She should be commended for her commitment and hard work preparing her fowls.
Schools Tree Day on Friday 29 July, 2016
Tree Day is a fulfilling opportunity to do something good for the environment and give back to the local community in a meaningful way. Participants unite with thousands of generous, green-minded individuals (like yourself), reconnect with nature, enjoy and protect Australia’s unique natural environment and benefit from positive health and wellbeing outcomes. Here at DCC we will join our horticulturalist, Chris Horn and our College environmental Captains together with students and the parent community planting another swathe of beautiful native plants in our College Grounds.
Sunday 5 June is World Environment Day. World Environment Day (WED) is celebrated every year on 5 June to raise global awareness to take positive environmental action to protect nature and the planet Earth. It is run by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP).
You may have seen a number of issues raised lately including the state of the Great Barrier Reef, Space junk and the amazing initiatives and inventions to deal with global environmental issues.(There are future careers in planetary care)
The Secondary & Primary Captains will be promoting this at the various assemblies.
Starting tomorrow (Friday) we are asking each of our classrooms/ home rooms to have a big clean up of their level locker bays and main play areas.
Next (week 9) we are asking you to set aside time to play a clip each day to raise awareness with our students.
Your fellow Creation-Carers
Steph, Elly, Chloe, Lucas & Pete Jones
Great websites to explore:
Really clever animation
Water pollution for kids
Seven Billion Dreams. One Planet. Consume with Care.
An old favourite
Kid passionate about the environment ( funny)
Be the change ( this is really good)
Environmental pollution Animation
Bit wacky but thought-provoking- MAN
Simply Breathtaking!! God's Wonderful World. Earth! ( goes for about 13 minutes)
Future green technology- teckky but interesting
Sorry future generations
'G’day DCC, it’s Guy Sebastian here. I just want to congratulate you guys for your commitment to looking after the environment. I’ve just been on tour for the last couple of months driving around this amazing country and taking in what is a beautiful and diverse landscape. So, good on you for looking after it and keeping it beautiful. Remember to jump on board with your team members, Steph & Elly and the rest of the team as they lead you in all things environmental.'
NEWSFLASH - Seven new born goats on the farm
An unprecedented number of babies in one hit! On Sunday evening 17 April our goats gave birth to one set of triplets and two twins.
We invite everyone to visit the farm on Open Day to see these very cute new additions.
NEWS FROM THE PADDOCK
Red Hill Show Alpaca & Poultry
Easter Saturday saw a bunch of enthusiastic DCC students and their families from primary Enviro and Year 9 Animal Husbandry head down to the quaint village of Red Hill on the Mornington Peninsula for their annual agricultural show. If you want to get a feel for the event think ‘Charlotte’s Web’ with a display of impressive cattle, dogs, horses, chooks, alpacas, goats and rides. The students were thoroughly prepared with their chosen alpaca and each expertly navigated their animal around a series of ‘stations’ (obstacles). DCC enjoyed great success.
Congratulations go to Olivia Wilson for winning Champion Junior Handler and to Josh Evans on achieving Champion Junior bird with an Australorp bantam male. The pinnacle of the day was every student leading their alpaca in the ‘Grand Parade’ which saw winning animals from the entire show being proudly displayed on the main arena for all to see, quite a spectacle of which old Noah would be proud. Every student felt a sense of satisfaction having demonstrated a new set of skills and the fun and fellowship of working together as a team was very special indeed.
Mountain District Poultry Chicken night
Again, a new set of students and experienced regulars from both Primary and Secondary displayed the College fowls with Annaliese Adam taking out Champion Junior bird and Jamison Barton winning in the senior section
Congratulations to our students and their families for your enthusiastic involvement at the Royal Melbourne Alpaca and Poultry show at the showgrounds last weekend. It was lovely to see the children grow in confidence as they led their alpaca around the ring and came home with a ribbon and a sense of accomplishment.
The competition runs on two tiers; the Open which is for students who have been brought up with alpacas or have experience with breeding and handling and the novice category. A large group of students from both Primary and Secondary participated in the latter with very pleasing results.
Alpacas – Congratulations to Grace Flowers (Year 9) the recipient of the highest novice award as supreme champion junior handler and Daniel Chapman (Year 10) for reserve champion in his age division. Grace Wilson in primary won first in her age category.
Poultry – Well done, Dylan Wallace (Year 10) who took out the reserve Champion Junior in Show with an Australorp bantam male.
We are very proud of all our students and their commitment to the animals and the enviro and farming programs. Finally, I think W.C Fields was wrong when he said ‘Never work with children and animals’. Rather, I cannot think of a better combination.
ENVIRONMENTAL ENDEAVOURS - WHAT'S NEW IN ENVIRO?
Donvale Christian College maintains a strong level of commitment to environmental issues through acts of good stewardship.
Our year commenced with Clean Up Australia Day which saw every class across the College tidying up the grounds. In addition home rooms viewed a series of humorous, provocative and creative clips challenging us to take responsibility for our consumption and care for God's planet starting literally in 'our own backyard'.
Our Primary enviro team recorded the various types of rubbish which they crafted into a series of graphs using Excel. The following observations were made: Secondary 1096 pieces collected, Primary 545 which is effectively 1.5 pieces of rubbish for each student. The vast majority of waste consisted of small plastic packaging like zip-locked bags and zooper-dooper wrappers.
It was agreed that a significant reduction in waste in primary is thanks to families committed to using Nude Food lunch boxes which do not require wrappers. At present 82% of primary students regularly use a wrap free lunch boxes. We are aiming for 100% by Term 4. Our Term 1 Primary Nude Food Day saw all bins in the primary playground disappear for the day. Three classes achieved a ZERO AWARD for zilch rubbish and most other classes were kept to single digits- a mighty effort. Stay tuned secondaries for a wave of creative suggestions for how you can improve.
Our next event was Ride/Walk to School day which saw a steady stream of riders, walkers and boarders who crossed the finishing line at the gym to receive a delicious pancake as a reward for a growing commitment to reduce their reliance on cars and carbon.
College news in our Secondary assembly contained a surprise recording of Guy Sebastian encouraging DCC secondary to 'step it up' in our practical commitment with rubbish & recycling and how being responsible can be another act of worship.
A big thankyou must go to Steph, Elly, Holly,Chloe,Lukas and Declan for their leadership in helping to organise these events.
Stay tuned for the next environmental update.
Meanwhile, let's keep caring.
Environment & Enviro Literacy Program & Year 9
Schools Tree Day
Each year, around 3,000 preschools, kinders, primary and high schools across Australia take part in Schools Tree Day. Students nation-wide have learnt how to plant, and care for the seedlings they grow. Schools Tree Day 2015 will be on Friday 24 July, although events can be held at any time during the year.
Here at DCC we are blessed with being in the Green Wedge. We also have the amazing skills of Chris Horn and the maintenance team who are constantly finding ways to build the growth corridor with a wide variety of plants. Today the Enviro teams will be planting at the top of the hill to continue the green strip up to the boundary near the Retirement village.
Praise God for trees!
Give a Bird a Home Project
Donvale Christian College working in partnership with Manningham Council and the residents of Doncaster have been asked to assist in a joint program called ‘Give a bird a home.’
A number of residents in response to the development of the old Eastern Golf Course have expressed concern about the consequential displacement of bird life in their area. In recognition of our commitment to the creation, Council have asked for our support to build nest boxes for a variety of bird species for both the concerned residents and the College. In the process we will be learning about the wonderful biodiversity in our area, develop the skills and knowledge required to restore habitat and identify the various bird types and the sounds they make. This project also presents an opportunity for our College environmental captains to experience and assist in a real environmental issue where they can make a tangible difference. This project also fits favourably with the Citizenship themes in General Studies next semester.
Our Enviro students experienced a number of activities with a strong literacy and technical component as part of this venture.
Year 9 One Earth Challenge
The Year 9 One Earth Challenge commences next week and involves the entire Year 9 team, students and families. From Monday 18 - Friday 2 May we will make a full commitment to five days of sustainable practices. Students have been briefed and challenged to design their own week of sustainability- they need to meet with parents to set a goal that works for you and construct a written report by the following Friday 29 May. In the Year 9 Centre we too will take on the challenge on our ‘patch’. View here for moreinformation - One Earth Challenge 2015.pdf
Poultry Exhibitions - 2015
Two of our students did very well recently in poultry exhibitions. Congratulations to Joshua Anderson on winning Best Junior at the Mountain District Poultry night with his Australorp hen. Congratulations also to Joshua Evans for winning Champion Junior bird at the Pakenham Show, winning with an Australorp bantam male.
If you have any questions relating to the school farms and College sustainability please contact me.
Your fellow Creation Carer
Enviro Literacy Program
Whole school approach
Donvale CC recognises the gift of Creation from God and as such places emphasis on its stewardship.
The College is part of the Australian Sustainable Schools Initiative (AuSSI) which is a professional learning process and development process that:
- Develops a strategic approach to resource management
- Mentors school communities in best practice Education for Sustainability
- Engages holistic responses to comtemporary global issues
Schools aim to achieve a 5-star rating which covers the core module, biodiversity, water, energy and waste managment. Donvale currently has 2 stars (biodiversity and water) and is aiming to be accredited with energy soon.
We have acquired grants to support the sustainable initiatives (described below) which are implemented throughout the College.
Donvale was also a 'leading school' in the former Green Wedgies Sustainable Schools cluster, supported by Manningham City Council.
Our College has placed a high value on sustainability in the design and outfitting of buildings, gardens, waste management and animal care.
Solar panels are used throughout the Primary and Year 9 buildings; a wind turbine operates on the hill; water saving programs and technology have been implemented; recycling bins are placed throughout the College; habitat restoration is going on and water-efficient native gardens with water features encourage native wildlife to co-exist with students in our College grounds!
Both the Primary and Secondary Environment captains work to maintain and plan new projects, attend workshops and attend and present at conferences throughout the year. The Primary students look after chickens, rabbits while the Year 9s learn about and care for the Alpacas.