Year 4s Learn How to Care for God’s World

The Year 4s have been very proactive since their excursion to the RRRC. They have been careful in what they are throwing out and how they could reuse other materials. They are so enthusiastic about recycling that they wanted to do an assembly about how our school could look after God’s world. It’s great to see that our young children think about how we need to be good stewards for God and future generations.

Mrs Norman kindly has let us borrow some Eco bins to work with. So students remember what each bin is for, the Year 4’s explained what each colour is:

  • the red bin is to collect landfill items. These are items that cannot be recycled or reused.
  • the blue bin is for collecting all types of paper. From this bin we will look to see what we can use for art or craft and what can go to be recycled in Canning Vale.
  • the yellow bin is to collect plastics and metal. Any tuna tins, plastic spoons or forks, plastic drink bottles; tubs of yoghurt etc.
  • the green bin is for collecting organic waste. Any food scraps; apple cores; peels etc. will go into this bin. The Year 6’s are going to be creating a compost to help our school grounds and plants. The Pre Primary class is also creating a worm farm, so no rubbish will go to waste.

We look forward to all students working together to help each class and to make our school to be more eco friendly. Let’s work together to make God’s world a beautiful and sustainable environment for future generations.

Here is the song the Year 4s sang about recycling to help us remember how important our efforts are to look after God’s world.

Reduce Reuse Recycle

(Sung to “Eensy Weensy Spider”)

Reduce, Reuse, Recycle
Words that we all know
We have to save our planet
So we can live and grow
We might be only children
But we will try, you’ll see
And we can save God’s planet
It starts with you and me!

Year 4 Recycle Right

This Term all the Year 4s are looking at sustainability and how we can be good stewards for God in looking after the Earth. On 25 July, the Year 4s and the Year 4 boys from Year 3/4 went to the Regional Resource Recovery Centre in Canning Vale.

We saw what recycled material looks like from our local recycling bins. One student commented that it looked like a dune made of paper. We observed as some material was moved onto the conveyor belt and how it separated into paper, mixed plastic, metal cans, and aluminium.

This machine cost $20 million and is one of the biggest in Australia!

When they have separated the paper and bound it into large blocks, they are shipped off to South East Asia to be made into something else.

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Not only did we see how our rubbish is recycled, but we also saw how they make compost out of our waste from our leftovers, scraps, and green waste.

The process begins with the rubbish truck collecting and disposing of our weekly waste. They dump it into a large warehouse where it is sorted by removing plastic bags. The rest of the waste is transported to four large composts filters.

They are the largest compost filters in the southern hemisphere.

It turns for three days until it breaks down into compost and soil. Most of the class felt this was the smelliest thing they have ever smelt.

We have learnt how important it is for us to sort out our rubbish and to reuse what we can. If not, most of our rubbish will be placed in landfill and it can contaminate the land for almost fifty years. Even though grass and plants grow over this rubbish, it cannot be developed for living animals or people to survive in.

We understand now how imperative it is for all of us to look after and care for God’s planet. If we care for God’s world now, we will leave a legacy for future generations.

Andre Burger and Daniel Dalais
YEAR 4 STUDENTS
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