Wollongong Environment Network | 'Environment Matters' Blog

National Recycling Week at Edmondson Park

Posted 9 November 2021 by Catholic Education

National Recycling Week, established by Planet Ark in 1996, is held every year during the second week of November (8th to 14th of November 2021). This year is the celebration of its 25th anniversary with the theme of:

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Students Speak 4 the Planet

Posted 13 October 2021 by Catholic Education

At St Francis Catholic College Edmondson Park, students have engaged in the Speaking 4 the Planet Competition. Speaking 4 the Planet is an Arts-based approach to sustainability that invites students to participate in an annual online competition in the categories of public speaking, visual arts, drama, writing, video or memes/cartoons. In 2021, the theme was “Rewind the clock – reverse ecosystem degradation.”

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Season of Creation and the Laudato Si' Action Platform

Posted 11 October 2021 by Catholic Education

Once again, CEDoW schools seized the opportunity offered by the Season of Creation to further engage in environmental activities and positive actions for the planet.

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Praying and Caring for Creation

Posted 2 September 2021 by Catholic Education

With the arrival of Spring, school communities across the Wollongong Diocese have joined in with the global family to celebrate the World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation marking the beginning of the annual Season of Creation which runs from 1st September and concludes on 4th October.

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War On Waste at Bowral!

Posted 23 July 2021 by Catholic Education

There's been a war on waste happening at St Thomas Aquinas Bowral. Since Week 5 in Term 2 the school community has been recycling all of their rubbish, both after morning tea and lunch time as well as in the classroom during wet weather.

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No time to WASTE!

Posted 29 June 2021 by Catholic Education

Waste and not wasting time were key themes explored by students at the recent Secondary Sustainability Conference hosted by Edmund Rice College at Mt Keira.

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Wonderful Waste Recycling at St Anthony's Picton!

Posted 24 June 2021 by Catholic Education

There's lots of wonderful things happening in the environmental space at St Anthony's Catholic Primary School at Picton.

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Baking with Baba at Port Kembla

Posted 17 June 2021 by Catholic Education

The students at St Patrick's Port Kembla recently spent an amazing day working in their permaculture garden, The Living Classroom. Each year, the girls and boys in Year 4 are ‘garden ambassadors’, where they work together in the garden, learning about permaculture principles, building soil, planting trees, growing amazing produce and having fun in the sun – and occasionally the rain!

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CEDoW Schools Reimagine, Recreate and Restore on World Environment Day

Posted 9 June 2021 by Catholic Education

The annual celebration of World Environment Day on 5th June is always an opportunity for the world to collectively pause and reflect on how we can all better care for our planet. As usual, schools across the Wollongong diocese joined in and celebrated this day with prayer and action, challenged to make a difference for the planet through this year's theme of "Reimagine. Recreate. Restore."

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Teachers Gather to Care for Our Common Home, Our Schools

Posted 2 June 2021 by Catholic Education

WEN Teacher Contacts from across our diocesan schools recently gathered for their annual Professional Development and Formation Day, Caring for Our Common Home, Our School. Held at the conclusion of Laudato Si' Week, the day proved to be a wonderful opportunity for professional learning, professional dialogue and sharing of best practice in the areas of ecological conversion, environmental education and action.

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Christ's Hands On Earth at Mt Carmel

Posted 14 May 2021 by Catholic Education

We are often reminded of the phrase, act local, think global. At Mt Carmel Catholic College Varroville this phrase is being put into action in a Christ-centred way that fosters a sense of community and nurtures a culture of service through initiatives that promote stewardship and care for our Common Home.

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New Eco Ambassadors for CEDoW Primary Schools

Posted 18 April 2021 by Catholic Education

Embracing the idea, 'You are never too small to make a difference', over 100 students representing Catholic primary schools from across the Diocese of Wollongong attended the inaugural Primary Student WEN Day which was held at St Paul’s Catholic Parish Primary School in Albion Park. 

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CEDoW Schools Step Up To Clean Up!

Posted 15 March 2021 by Catholic Education

For this year's Clean Up Australia Day many of our schools took on board the challenge of "Step Up To Clean Up" and participated in a number of Clean Up events, joining thousands of people across Australia in caring for their local environment.

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Eco Conversations with Japanese Friends

Posted 5 March 2021 by Catholic Education

Year 6 students from St Columbkille’s Catholic Primary School Corrimal recently engaged in a Zoom conference with university students living in Japan. These students are currently involved in a program called ‘Project Unite’ which is based around the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.

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St Thomas More's "Wickedly" Good Garden

Posted 25 February 2021 by Catholic Education

In 2019 St Thomas More Ruse applied for a $2,000 CEDoW Environmental Education Grant to establish a self-watering wicking garden, the fruits of which are now being realised.

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A New Year of Caring for Our World!

Posted 15 February 2021

The school community at St Pius X Unanderra has signalled that during 2021 they will continue to "care for our common home" through positive ecological actions.

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Cooling Off at Mary Immaculate Eagle Vale!

Posted 16 December 2020 by Catholic Education

The students at Mary Immaculate Catholic Primary School at Eagle Vale are working with hundreds of other students from other schools to add thousands of plants to community spaces and schools across Greater Sydney.

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Schools Utilise Grant Money for Ecological Projects in 2020.

Posted 16 December 2020 by Catholic Education

With the release of Laudato Si' in 2015, CEDoW's system of schools has been on a path of encouraging strategic planning and implementation of sustainable practices, ecological action and formation for our schools.

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Springing Into The Garden at Bowral

Posted 8 December 2020 by Catholic Education

At the end of Term 3 in 2020 the whole community of St Thomas Aquinas School Bowral spontaneously and simultaneously responded to the feel of warm air, the buzzing of bees and the budding of bright green leaves by preparing garden beds and raising seedlings in readiness for a massive planting around the school.

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Growing Hope at Milton

Posted 23 November 2020 by Catholic Education

St Mary's Star of the Sea Milton students have been "happy and honoured" to take part in the Convoy of Hope's Regrow' program – helping those who lost everything in last summer's devastating bushfires.

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Beacon of Sustainability

Posted 9 November 2020 by Catholic Education

St Patricks Primary School’s Living Classroom is a beacon of sustainability in the Catholic schools of New South Wales. This verdant cornucopia is a thriving food garden and inspiring learning oasis.

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Sport House Spirit Drives Container Collection for Vinnies Return and Earn

Posted 20 October 2020 by Catholic Education

St Brigid’s Catholic Parish Primary School in Gwynneville held two drives during Term Three where more than 5,700 recyclable drink containers were collected and deposited to the Vinnies Return and Earn depot in Unanderra.

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Schools Celebrate and Pray for Creation

Posted 11 September 2020 by Catholic Education

CEDoW schools have marked the World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation and the Season of Creation with prayer, liturgy and actions that demonstrate a strong commitment to raising awareness and caring for our common home.

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World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation

Posted 28 August 2020

One of the ways that our school communities can participate in ecological conversion each year is on 1st September which is The World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation. This day marks the beginning of the Season of Creation, which is an annual event that encourages prayer and action for our common home and it runs from 1st September through to 4th October, the Feast Day of St Francis of Assisi.

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Holy Cross Helensburgh Gardening Club Meets Masterchef!

Posted 10 August 2020 by Catholic Education

The Leaders of the Gardening Club at Holy Cross Helensburgh are also budding Masterchefs recently demonstrating that they have culinary skills as well as green thumbs.

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Schools Join in to Protect Native Forests and Wildlife Habitats

Posted 3 August 2020 by Catholic Education

This year's celebration of National Tree Day was an opportunity for CEDoW schools to pray for and take action on behalf of native forests, wildlife and the protection of habitats.

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Sowing Seeds at St Justin's Oran Park

Posted 27 July 2020 by Catholic Education

When the students at St Justin's Oran Park came back to school in Term 3 they were gifted with the lovely sight of a brand new garden space. Over the holiday break a number of keen staff members got together to kick start the SJOP garden.

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Secondary Students Zoom In for ECO Conference

Posted 3 July 2020 by Catholic Education

Edmund Rice College recently hosted a virtual ECO Sustainability Conference that had secondary students zooming in from across the Wollongong diocese and beyond.

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Bumper Pumpkin Harvest at Port Kembla

Posted 22 June 2020 by Catholic Education

With the combination of rain and sun the Living Classroom garden at St Patrick's Port Kembla is looking especially green and lush.

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CEDoW Schools Celebrate World Environment Day

Posted 14 June 2020 by Catholic Education

Schools across our diocese recently celebrated World Environment Day through prayers and actions that invited their communities to take ownership of their environment and actively engage in the protection of our earth.

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St Thomas More Ruse Celebrates Laudato Si' Week

Posted 29 May 2020 by Catholic Education

During Laudato Si’ Week, the Holy Spirit united Catholics on six continents, where we deepened our connection with each other and creation by participating in webinars and local activities. Many of our CEDoW schools joined in too. At St Thomas More Ruse, they did not let remote learning get in the way of celebrating.

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Laudato Si' - Celebrating Five Years!

Posted 11 May 2020 by Catholic Education

To commemorate the fifth anniversary of the encyclical Laudato Si', Pope Francis has invited Catholics to participate in Laudato Si' Week, a nine-day global campaign taking place May 16-24, 2020.

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Growing Together Through COVID-19

Posted 27 April 2020 by Catholic Education

Social distancing, remote learning and the restraints of COVID-19 have not stopped our school communities from seeking ways to stay connected. One initiative is 'Growing Together Through COVID-19' which has been introduced at Holy Family Ingleburn and Stella Maris Shellharbour.

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Record Breakers at St John's!

Posted 24 March 2020 by Beth Riolo

Congratulations to St John the Evangelist Primary School Campbelltown on their record haul of containers for the Vinnies Return and Earn Container Deposit Scheme.

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St Brigid’s Gwynneville goes 'off the grid' to express their faith

Posted 9 March 2020 by Catholic Education

A proud community gathered together in solidarity at St Brigid’s Catholic Primary School, Gwynneville on Monday 3 March, to celebrate the blessing of the school’s recently installed 42kW Solar Photovoltaic system. Thanks to the outstanding fundraising efforts of the school community, St Brigid’s has now become the first virtually-electricity independent school in the Illawarra.  

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CEDoW Schools Cleaning Up Australia!

Posted 6 March 2020 by Catholic Education

In 2020 Clean Up Australia celebrates 30 years of campaigning encouraging Australians to clean up, fix up and conserve our environment. As usual many of our CEDoW schools have joined in to do their bit to "care for our common home".

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St Michael's Veggie Pods

Posted 3 March 2020 by Catholic Education

The students at St Michael's Mittagong have had a bumper crop from their veggie pods which is a new eco initiative for the school community.
Emily from Year 4 reports...

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St Michael's Nowra helps care for bushfire-affected wildlife

Posted 10 February 2020 by Catholic Education

Following the devastating bushfires and drought in their region, the community at St Michael's Nowra is responding in a practical way to fire-affected animals and native birds. 

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CEDoW Schools Respond to the "Cry of the Earth and the Cry of the Poor"

Posted 17 December 2019 by Catholic Education

In 2019, through the Return and Earn partnership with Vinnies, our schools have recycled 75,317 containers raising much needed funds for Vinnies social works.

This means that we have reduced the amount of rubbish going to landfill and we have also raised money for the St Vincent de Paul Society who assist those people in our community who need a helping hand.

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Holy Family Ingleburn rallies to support koala conservation after devastating bushfire losses

Posted 16 December 2019 by Catholic Education

The recent bushfires have had a devastating impact on our local communities – including on our native wildlife and their habitats. The students and staff at Holy Family Ingleburn have been keen to do their bit to support the recovery efforts, answering Pope Francis’ call to “hear both the cry of the earth and the cry of the poor”.  

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St Michael's Thirroul Rise and Shine in 2019!

Posted 13 December 2019 by Catholic Education

The community at St Michael's Thirroul recently took out First Place in the Wollongong City Council Rise and Shine Awards for 2019. They won in the 'Best Ongoing Environmental Initiatives' Category.

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A New Logo for the SEALS Committee

Posted 28 November 2019 by Catholic Education

At St Francis Edmondson Park the environmental student group is known as the SEALS Committee. The club recently launched a brand new logo that aims to give the group a sense of identity and raise awareness of environmental actions across the school community.

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It's a "Green" Thumbs Up for St Anthony's Picton!

Posted 20 November 2019 by Catholic Education

The Wollondilly Council Spring Garden Competition was recently held and this year St Anthony's Catholic Primary School Picton was the winner of the School's Garden category.

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New gardens thriving at St Francis Edmondson Park

Posted 11 November 2019 by Catholic Education

St Francis Catholic College, Edmondson Park was very pleased to welcome members of the local Bunnings Warehouse team to the school last week to help students and staff learn about all the different herbs and veggies now growing in their gardens. The school community is now skilled up and ready to look after its new and improved horticultural setup.

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What's the Buzz at St Paul's Albion Park?

Posted 4 November 2019 by Catholic Education

The students at St Paul's Albion Park have been 'busy bees', coming up with a solution to reduce the amount of single use plastics at their school.

The Year 5 Environmental Warriors – after some research into sustainable alternatives to single use plastics such as cling wrap and zip lock bags – decided to make sustainable Beeswax Wraps. 

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Green Thumbs at Holy Family Ingleburn

Posted 18 October 2019 by Catholic Education

The students and staff at Holy Family Ingleburn have been getting their hands dirty and showing off their gardening skills in a bid to beautify their school environment whilst also helping to create habitats for local birdlife and koalas.

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CEDoW Schools Celebrate the Season of Creation

Posted 20 September 2019 by Catholic Education

Throughout September our Catholic Schools have joined with the Global Catholic community and other Faith traditions to pray, reflect on our lifestyles, and undertake prophetic actions to mark the Season of Creation

The following stories are just a taste of some of the ways our schools have celebrated...

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Praying for and Celebrating Creation

Posted 27 August 2019 by Catholic Education

From September to October each year, the Christian community celebrates the Season of Creation by praying and acting together to protect our common home.

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Celebrating National Tree day at Helensburgh

Posted 1 August 2019 by Catholic Education

The Holy Cross Helensburgh school community recently celebrated National Tree Day with a "Tree Liturgy" that included a presentation of a plant to each class and the office staff to look after until the tree is ready to be presented back to the Gardening Club to plant into the school grounds. 

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World Environment Day: 10 ways the Diocese came together to #BeatAirPollution

Posted 19 June 2019 by Catholic Education

CEDoW students in the Diocese of Wollongong have joined millions of people around the world to celebrate World Environment Day. Schools embraced the 2019 theme of ‘Beat Air Pollution’ to draw attention to this pressing environmental concern and how we can all do our part to improve the quality of the air we breathe.

Here are 10 ways to celebrate World Environment Day, as actioned by our wonderful students and staff across the diocese...

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