Sustainability at Thomas Mitchell Primary School - Resource Smart Schools

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Thomas Mitchell Primary School has joined up with Sustainability Victoria, Resource Smart and the Vic Government in an initiative to help us embed sustainability into our school community and curriculum. Through Resource Smart Schools, we will take action to minimise waste, save energy and water, promote biodiversity and reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Resource Smart Schools will support us to reduce costs while giving our students the opportunity to learn about sustainability in a tangible and realistic environment.

Nude Food

Nude Food is back! With health and the environment in mind, we've created a blog in an attempt to give students at Thomas Mitchell healthy and environmentally friendly alternatives for their lunch boxes.

As part of Thomas Mitchell Primary School’s Sustainability program, we have reintroduced our Nude Food competition. This is an opportunity for students to combine healthy eating with being environmentally aware. Parents and teachers at TMPS are encouraged to help students make healthy lunch choices and prepare their food without the use of extra wrappers.

What is a “Nude” lunch box?

A “nude” lunch box is one that has no plastic wrappers or rubbish that goes to landfill. Use re-useable containers and re-use snaplock bags to build a healthy and rubbish free lunch box. And remember, fruit scraps are not included as rubbish! 

Every day we will count how many students in each class bring “nude” lunch boxes (including snack and lunch). Using a percentage, we will work out which class is the overall winner for the week and the winning class will receive the nude food trophy to keep in their class.


Environmental News

TMPS took part in the 'Clean Up Australia Schools Day'.  Classes went out into the school grounds to collect rubbish and then report back the types of rubbish that was found. Food wrappers are the main issue.  We have come up with some suggestions to assist in the reduction of the waste in the grounds. These are going to be shared and discussed with students.  It is important to understand when we need to keep our environment clean; to protect our animal life, the water ways, the native vegetation and our own health. Being aware of the reasons for our actions gives more purpose to the students understanding.


Recycling Your Mobile Phone and Batteries 

As part of our sustainability program at Thomas Mitchell Primary School, we are collecting mobile phones and batteries for MobileMusters.  MobileMuster is a free not for profit mobile phone recycling program that accepts all brands and types of mobile phones, batteries, chargers and accessories.

MobileMusters is ensuring old mobile phone  products don't end up in landfill, but instead are recycled in a safe, secure and ethical way.  Our MobileMuster box is located in the office. You can drop your old phones and batteries off at the office during school hours.  If you have any questions please the office or look at the MobileMuster website

Please make sure you delete all personal information from your phones and contact details before dropping your phone off.  Once phones are placed in the box they are the property of MobileMusters and the box will be collected once full.


Eco Kids for 2018

Introducing the Eco Kids for 2018 and our Eco Ambassadors. Each class has chosen a representative to be the Eco Warrior for their class. They will attend weekly meetings, where they will have discussions on what can be done around the school to support our sustainability program. They will also be active members involved in planting, harvesting, auditing, cooking and much more.I