Wollongong Environment Network | 'Environment Matters' Blog

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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Teachers Gather to Care for Our Common Home, Our Schools

Posted 31 May 2019 by Beth Riolo

There was wonderful engagement and inspiration gained for teachers from across our system of schools at the WEN Contact PD day, Caring for Our Common Home, Our School held at St Joseph's Albion Park on Wednesday 29th May 2019.

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Holy Spirit Students "SEE" beyond themselves

Posted 27 May 2019 by Beth Riolo

Towards the end of last term, the environmental group at Holy Spirit College joined forces with the Lions Club in Corrimal to recycle used glasses.

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Mary Immaculate Eagle Vale students celebrate going waste-free, gifted with new lunchboxes

Posted 20 May 2019 by Catholic Education

It’s the lunchbox that's ticking boxes for both parents and kids – colourful, leak-proof, airtight, flexible compartments, cost-effective and an easy lunch-packing solution that reduces our waste and impact on the environment.

Now, the Kindergarten students at Mary Immaculate, Eagle Vale are all proud owners of these special ‘rubbish free lunchboxes’, thanks to a CEDoW Environmental Education Grant.

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Beautifying Bellambi Beach

Posted 18 April 2019 by Beth Riolo

Recently, on a beautiful, sunny afternoon the Holy Spirit Environmental Group took to the beach.They gathered at Bellambi beach, gloves, bags and litter pickers in hand to remove as much litter as they could find.The afternoon began with a short liturgy in the fresh air to thank God for the beauty of the earth and to show a willingness to help with improving the environment.

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Holy Cross Helensburgh gardens grow student learning

Posted 5 April 2019 by Catholic Education

There’s a lot more to the gardening club at Holy Cross Helensburgh than the beautiful gardens they’ve planted and nurtured – it’s a welcoming environment where friendships blossom and students are supported to grow; where the seeds of stewardship are sewn through many aspects of school life, and learning from nature and getting your hands dirty is valued like study from books.

Read more about the school's impressive horticultural setup: a vegetable garden known as ‘The Patch’, an orchard, their Yalunga Garden (a peaceful native garden space), and their latest venture – bush tucker plants now also growing in The Patch.

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The 'Green' Spirit at Holy Spirit College

Posted 28 March 2019 by Catholic Education

With staff keep cups, no plastic cutlery in the canteen, reusable or biodegradable containers for lunches and refillable water bottles, the 'green' spirit is alive and well amongst the staff and students at Holy Spirit College, Bellambi.

 

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St Paul’s Moss Vale garden produce wins Moss Vale Show awards

Posted 25 March 2019 by Catholic Education

Congratulations to St Paul’s Catholic Primary School, Moss Vale, whose lovingly-grown tomatoes from the school’s fruit and vegetable gardens have won two 2nd place prizes at the Moss Vale Show this month!

The award-winning produce – including the tastiest varieties of grape, cherry and gourmet tomatoes – caught the keen eye of the show’s judges to win runner up in both the ‘best of all tomatoes’ and the broader ‘best of all vegetables’ categories.

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CEDoW schools glove up for Clean Up Australia Day

Posted 14 March 2019 by Catholic Education

Thousands of students from across the Diocese have gloved up over the past two weeks for Schools Clean Up Australia Day. From clean ups of school grounds and local parks to themed classroom learning and activities raising awareness amongst students and staff, our schools have embraced this year’s theme, ‘Change Starts With You’ by taking action to protect and care for their local environment.

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St Joseph’s Albion Park student waste warriors clean up Little Lake

Posted 4 March 2019 by Catholic Education

St Joseph’s Albion Park War on Waste (WoW) Club members have joined forces with community environment groups, Two Week Red Bin Challenge and Oceans in Focus, to clean up over nine large garbage bags full of plastics and rubbish around local Barrack Point beach spot, Little Lake.

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Introducing the 2019 Enviro Ninjas

Posted 8 February 2019 by Beth Riolo

As part of the 2019 Year 6 Leadership Mass and Ceremony at St. Columbkille’s Catholic Primary School Corrimal, seventeen Enviro Ninjas were presented with their leadership badges.

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Promoting a Sustainable Christmas

Posted 20 December 2018 by Beth Riolo

We are constantly challenged to be more sustainable and Christmas can be especially challenging, but the students at St Columbkille's Corrimal have tried to address this.

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St Columbkille's Corrimal rises and shines at Council Awards

Posted 18 December 2018 by Beth Riolo

Paula Russo, one of the WEN Contacts at St Columbkille's Corrimal shared her recent experience at the Wollongong City Council Rise and Shine Awards in which another of our CEDOW schools was recognised for its wonderful environmental work in 2018.

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St Michael’s Thirroul rises and shines with environment award

Posted 16 December 2018 by Catholic Education

A targeted school-wide campaign to streamline waste management by increasing recycling and composting, and reducing the rubbish going to landfill, has earned St Michael’s, Thirroul official recognition and praise - the school being awarded a Wollongong City Council ‘Rise and Shine Environment Award’.

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St Columbkille’s Students Win National Grant

Posted 6 November 2018 by Catholic Education

During Nude Food October and Enviroweek, two clever Year 6 students from St Columbkille’s, Corrimal won a national competition, earning a Nude Food Grant.

Saskia McIntyre and Emily Fenton recognised that there is too much packaging on food brought in from home by the students at their school and that by coming to school at least one day a week trash free with ‘nude food’, they could help beat plastic pollution and encourage their community to live more sustainably.

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St Joseph’s Albion Park leads the charge on EnviroWeek action

Posted 30 October 2018 by Catholic Education

St Joseph’s, Albion Park has used this year’s EnviroWeek to celebrate and further their fantastic efforts to build environmental awareness, action and a strong school spirit around caring for creation.

 

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Recognition for Environmental Action

Posted 24 October 2018 by Beth Riolo

The Staff and Students of St Joseph's Primary School Bulli take very seriously their call to care for the planet and have recently introduced a special award that recognises those people in their community who have demonstrated their commitment and care for the environment.

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Schools around the Diocese say no to plastic on World Environment Day

Posted 8 June 2018 by Catholic Education

From Helensburgh to Moss Vale, Unanderra to Ingleburn, our CEDoW schools have celebrated World Environment Day, encouraging awareness and positive action to protect our environment. Students have embraced this year’s theme, ‘Beat Plastic Pollution’ in many effective and creative ways - a call to action for all of us to come together to combat one of the great environmental challenges of our time.

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Teachers Meet to Care for Our Common Home, Our School

Posted 31 May 2018 by Beth Riolo

Caring for Our Common Home, Our School was the theme for the recent professional development day that gathered the WEN Contacts from across our system of schools.

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Holy Family's Green First Term

Posted 19 April 2018 by Beth Riolo

During Term One, the school community of Holy Family, Ingleburn has been actively promoting environmental initiatives through the actioning of their School Environment Management Plan (SEMP).

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Schools add their voices to ban plastic bags

Posted 16 April 2018 by Beth Riolo

Recently our schools were invited to help Sophia Skaparis, a student from Monte Sant Angelo North Sydney, who asked if we would sign a petition to ban single-use plastic bags in NSW.

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A Creative Answer to Pope Francis' Call

Posted 16 November 2017 by Catholic Education

St Pius X Unanderra have been working on the installation of a mural, composed of plastic bags woven into a pre-existing chain link fence.  This creative re-use of plastic bags, speaks directly to Pope Francis’ call to alter the contemporary ‘throwaway culture’ (Laudato Si, 22). 

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War On Waste (WOW) Club

Posted 14 November 2017 by Beth Riolo

The Environment Club at St Joseph’s Albion Park, now called the War on Waste (WOW) Club has been working hard this year to reduce the amount of waste the school is sending to landfill by introducing recycling to the school.

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St Joseph’s Albion Park: Winners at the Illawarra Green Flicks film competition!

Posted 14 November 2017 by Beth Riolo

St Joseph's Albion Park are Winners of the 'Schools' Participation Prize' for the Illawarra Green Flicks Film Competition!

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St Columbkille’s Enviro Ninjas

Posted 23 October 2017 by Beth Riolo

In September, leading up to the Feast of St Francis, the community of St Columbkille’s celebrated, the Season of Creation.

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CEDoW School Response to Laudato Si' 2016

Posted 27 September 2017 by Beth Riolo

Our schools have taken up the challenges and considerations from Laudato Si’ and responded in a myriad of ways.

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World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation

Posted 27 September 2017 by Beth Riolo

Ss. Peter and Paul, Kiama had an action packed day full of various activities to celebrate the World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation.

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St Paul's Vegetable Gardens

Posted 27 September 2017 by Beth Riolo

Have you seen our new vegetable gardens at St Paul's Albion Park?

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St Clare's Narellan Vale Environmental Campaign

Posted 27 September 2017 by Beth Riolo

The Mini Vinnies busy bees of St Clare’s Catholic Primary School, at Narellan Vale, are uniting to benefit the community and environment.

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St Pius X Plays its Part in National Tree Day

Posted 8 August 2017 by David and Maile from St Pius X

Green thumbs from all over Australia came together to help celebrate Planet Ark’s 22nd National Tree Day 2017, resulting in up to one million natives being planted over 3000 sites.

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Your Coffee Doesn't Have to Cost the Earth

Posted 5 June 2017 by Catholic Education

On World Environment Day, we invite you to perhaps re-think the way you indulge in your daily coffee ritual and choose a more environmentally friendly option to having your caffeine fix.

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EARTH HOUR Schools Day - Friday 24 March

Posted 20 March 2017 by Catholic Education

World Earth Hour Day is coming up on Saturday the 25th of March at 8.30pm.  In 2017, schools and the Catholic Education Office are invited to celebrate Earth Hour on Earth Hour Schools Day, Friday 24th March.

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