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Sustainability Program

All children have the opportunity to participate in a range of sustainability initiatives and activities. We have a large kitchen garden flourishing with vegetables, an orchard full of fruit trees, as well as an outdoor classroom and outdoor woodfire oven for cooking. Children who participate in our garden program are regularly outdoors planting, weeding, watering and cooking.

Staff elect two year 6 Sustainability Captains who become leaders of our ‘Green Team’. Any student from year 1 – 6 can become members of the ‘Green Team’. These students are responsible for lots of jobs like assessing classroom’s energy usage, assist with recycling and composting as well as giving sustainability news information to classes.

The School has a thorough recycling program including separate processes for paper, hard plastic, soft plastic and compost and we teach our students to sort their waste independently. We have now moved onto being a rubbish free school. Our school canteen is moving towards reducing waste and rubbish where possible. Our school is also a drop off point for the community to recycle many items such as; oral care products, bread bag plastic tags, pens and other writing implements. Our crayons are collected and sent to The Iluka Project, to be melted and placed into gift kits for children in hospitals.

In 2018, BHNPS began its partnership with the Stephanie Alexander Kitchen Garden Foundation. This program is undertaken in year 3 and 4.

All parents are welcome to work in the garden and work with the year 3 and 4 staff and student gardening program. Our parent community are also invited to be part of our Sustainability Committee who meet twice per term.

The School participates in Teacher Network Meetings for sustainability organised by Whitehorse Council and CERES and are part of the AuSSIVic Sustainability program. We are a proud 5 star Resource Smart school; one of only 27 schools in the state. Find out more about Sustainability Victoria’s Star Progression benchmarks.

The School participates in Teacher Network Meetings for sustainability organised by Whitehorse Council and are part of the AuSSIVic 5 star Sustainability program.

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It is refreshing that fathers are just as welcome as mothers in school life. From Kindergarten where I have the opportunity to participate in my youngest boy’s class to school camp that I was fortunate to attend, I have always been encouraged and warmly welcomed. I have also thoroughly enjoyed participating in class room help for all my boys.

ChrisKinder, Years 3, 4, 5

The move into the grade 5/6 area which is separate from the rest of the school gives the kids a real sense of being the ‘big kids’ and is a start to their transition to secondary school and being more responsible.

EmmaYear 6

The school garden is such a fantastic feature of our school. Garden Club students have the opportunity to learn about all aspects of gardening from the role of healthy soil to how to use silverbeet to make delicious pizzas. Science, nutrition and sustainability are explored in a truly hands on environment.

Kaylah AdamsFoundation teacher - Box Hill North Primary School

We run a progressive and innovative technology program to produce true 21st Century Citizens. Students in Prep enjoy using iPads and students in the senior school will be instructed with Ultrabooks as a part of our 1-to-1 program.

Tom DanielLevels 1 and 2 Teacher, ICT Coordinator

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