Wollongong Environment Network | 'Environment Matters' Blog

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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Teachers Gather to Care for Our Common Home, Our Schools

Posted 31 May 2019 by Catholic Education

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 Catholic Education

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 Catholic Education

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 St Columbkille's Corrimal's Enviro Ninjas

Posted 8 February 2019 by Catholic Education

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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