The current crop of Mater Dei Catholic Primary Blakehurst United Green Society (BUGS) members are friends to the environment in many ways. The group includes two students from each class in Kindergarten to Year 6 who come up with initiatives and complete daily tasks that help recycle waste correctly and conserve energy.
Here some members share: What is your favourite thing to do that is helpful to the environment?
James Cunneen, Year 6, Environment Captain:
“One of the things I love doing is watering the gardens and I like doing compost. It’s a smelly job but it’s good because it teaches me how for if I want to have my own garden when I’m older. Each kid in each class gets a bucket and when they have fruit peels, no citrus, they put them in the bucket and they bring it to the office steps. Then we take it to the big bucket [near the garden] and let it decompose. I’m glad I have the responsibilities I have.”
“It’s fun helping the environment and making compost. I do that five days a week. When it’s finished decomposing I think we’ll lay it onto the tubs where the garden is planted. I like helping the environment and making sure that everything is done.”
“I like turning off all the electricity so we don’t waste all of the electricity in our environment, and also taking out the compost. After we have free time I go and check that all of the computers are turned off and at the end of the day, and at recess and lunch, we turn off the lights when we got out.”
“I like to do the compost and the bins because if I don’t take the compost flies will be in the classroom and if the bin was too full there would be rubbish everywhere. In the garden I dig holes and plant seeds – broccoli and rosemary.”
“I like taking out the compost bucket and then taking it back to class. I get to run around and feel the breeze and it’s helping the environment. We also take out the rubbish bin and I wash the compost bucket.”