Golden Grove High School has a well-established Environmental Action Team (EAT, led by the school’s Sustainability Coordinator. This team includes a dedicated team of staff who volunteer their time to engage the school community in a range of sustainability-related projects, a range of students from Student Voice who are passionate about the environment and members of outside agencies such as KESAB and NRM.
Our vision is to have an educated and informed school community that recognises that they have a moral responsibility (personally and collectively) for the environment that motivates action through knowledge and respect for the environment around us. Our school is actively working towards intra-generational equality, ensuring future generations benefit from our efforts in engaging with sustainable practices.
Some of the key achievements of the EAT over the last couple of years include:
- Formation of Environmental Management Unit (EMU) which is a passionate group of students who met once a WEEK to raise concerns and offer student-led initiatives in the field of sustainability
- Planted a range of herbs for use in Home Economics kitchen, and purchased a compost tumbler to be actively used in the school to re-use our green waste in a meaningful and sustainable way
- Significant reduction in paper usage through a variety of strategies
- Establishment of Year 8 HASS Immersion Day which occurs twice a year and engages students in the wider community, specifically at Cobbler Creek National Park, by giving them the opportunity to engage in conservation projects such as planting trees and learn about the cultural significance of the land
- Formation of Environmental Management Unit (EMU) which is a passionate group of students who met once a fortnight to raise concerns and offer student-led initiatives in the field of sustainability
- Raised approximately $1500 each year from recycling plastic bottles and cans – this was a whole school effort
- Secured funding for installation of solar panels across the whole school, plus extensive update of LED lighting
- Soft plastics waste disposal successfully implemented in staff room to reduce soft plastics going to landfill
- Sports Day moving towards being a 'Sustainable Event', with less waste going to landfill, and students and staff encouraged to wear clothing and accessories in house colours which have been borrowed, op shopped, worn year after year and/or passed on to younger siblings, the school's sports day costume box or op shops
- Move towards eco-friendly Bio Cups at whole-school events
- Move towards green waste disposal through curb-side pick-up rather than going to landfill
- Had a GGHS student representative on the state-wide Youth Environment Council
Our school has been recognised globally, nationally and regionally for our achievements in this field:
- Our School Environment Management Plan (SEMP) was used as example by the Natural Resource Management Board (NRM) in America as 'best SEMP for Secondary Schools' working with NRM
- A representative from the University of Shiga Prefecture in Japan flew to Adelaide to visit GGHS and gather research and inspiration for changes to the Japanese curriculum
- We featured in an NRM promotional video about 'Student Voice and Sustainability'
- Articles promoting sustainability at GGHS published in The Messenger, Australian Teacher Magazine, AEU Magazine and NRM Newsletter
- A feature school at a range of state-wide training and development sessions on sustainability in secondary schools, such as NRM Education Sustainability Showcase Awards ceremonies
In March 2019 our school featured in the NRM's Weekly Digest with an article about embedding sustainability within our school practices.
In 2018, GGHS was selected as the feature school for South Australia's Natural Resource Management (NRM) Board's promotional video regarding exceptional sustainable practises in a secondary school setting. Click here to view the highlights of what GGHS has to offer in this field, proving that individuals and small actions can help make a difference.
Click here to view the KESAB promotional video about GGHS's Resource Management.
A summary of the EAT's initiatives, as presented at a state-wide conference on sustainability in secondary schools can be seen here.
Click here to view the NRM Promotional Pamphlet which features work done by GGHS students in 2016.
Click here to view an article on GGHS's Environmental Action Team's work which was published in the August 2016 Australian Teachers Magazine.