Our Kids and Sustainability
Calculating our eco footprint
A measure of the impact humans have on the environment is called an ecological footprint. In November last year Sherbrooke students calculated theirs.
A country’s ecological footprint is the sum of all the cropland, grazing land, forest and fishing grounds required to produce the food, fibre and timber it consumes, to absorb the wastes emitted when it uses energy and to provide space for infrastructure.
Our students were amazed as to how many earth’s we would need if everyone continued to live the way they currently did.
Primary students – averaged 1.3 earths
CALM students - averaged 3 earths
Conclusion: CALM Students were shocked by their results and went back to see what they could do to reduce their footprint.
* CALM - Conservation and Land Management students - year 11
Tree Planting Day
Enviro Week started early at Sherbrooke with a tree planting day on Wednesday, August 20. The Conservation and Land Management (CaLM) students and Sebastian, worked all day (5 hours), clearing weeds as we went, setting out pathways and then supervising and teaching younger students how to plant.
All classes from preps to year 10 worked for about half an hour to an hour planting and everyone planted. Some senior students came out during recess and also participated. Two parents joined us, Sharon and Amanda. Their help was much appreciated.
We planted about 300 plants in the Conservation Area to eventually expand the area to cover from the oval down to the fence. This will provide a substantial wildlife corridor from the National Park to Sassafras Reserve.
Animal Carers Club
The Animal Carers Club (ACC) is new to Sherbrooke and will meet every Thursday lunchtime at 11.20 to 11.50am. Members will be responsible for the care of our sheep and chooks with the intention of enlarging our farm, incubating eggs, extending the chook house area, getting animals into classrooms and so on. It all depends on the volunteers and what they want to do. Learn about our animals and get up close to them. All welcome.
Our Orangutan Adoptees
To celebrate World Environment Day, the school learnt about Palm Oil and its production especially in Borneo. Orangutans are losing their forest homes to palm oil plantations.
Many students and staff dressed up in animal onsies and paid a gold coin for the privilege.
It turned out we raised enough money to adopt not one, but two orangutans for a year. At morning meeting the whole school voted that Onesie Day be an annual event and committed to raising $240 each year to support our babies, Jumbo and Nita.