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Youth Leadership Forum
Clonard  encourages students to participate in active ways of getting to and from school. At present there are 3 students who ride regularly, many who walk and of course those who live some distance catch public transport. Active travel to school was held on Friday March 4th to encourage students to actively participate, even if it was part of their journey to school. National Ride2School Day is the flagship event of the Ride2School Program. Active travel is a great way for students of all ages to meet their recommend daily dose of 60 minutes physical activity every day. The purpose of National Ride2School Day is to show school communities that riding to school is an easy and fun activity. It is a chance to celebrate on a large scale and prove it can be done. Bicycle Network’s National Ride2School Day is the perfect opportunity for Australian students and school communities to embrace a healthier start and to try walking and riding to school for themselves. Students take the opportunity to write about what they have learnt whilst working in the Clonard Garden. This is a fabulous chance for students to have a hands on approach to learning.



National Ride2School Day 2016 Promoting Active Travel

Term 1 & 2

Clonard  encourages students to participate in active ways of getting to and from school. At present there are 3 students who ride regularly, many who walk and of course those who live some distance catch public transport. Active travel to school was held on Friday March 4th to encourage students to actively participate, even if it was part of their journey to school. National Ride2School Day is the flagship event of the Ride2School Program. Active travel is a great way for students of all ages to meet their recommend daily dose of 60 minutes physical activity every day. The purpose of National Ride2School Day is to show school communities that riding to school is an easy and fun activity. It is a chance to celebrate on a large scale and prove it can be done. Bicycle Network’s National Ride2School Day is the perfect opportunity for Australian students and school communities to embrace a healthier start and to try walking and riding to school for themselves. Students take the opportunity to write about what they have learnt whilst working in the Clonard Garden. This is a fabulous chance for students to have a hands on approach to learning.


Costa's "Paddock to Plate" Clonard & Westcourt

Recently Costa Georgiardis  shared his passion for  living  more sustainably with year 9 students from both schools. He generously answered questions and provided ideas on how to plant on a budget, what to plant and the best time of the year to do this. A walking tour allowed Costa, students and guests to be able to share and celebrate our achievements in each of the gardens, yet at the same time, stand united with our passion and drive for sustainable practices.  Upon returning to the Westcourt campus we were able to sample some culinary delights prepared by food technology students, with fresh produce straight from the garden.


Hands on in the Garden

Term 1 & 2

Students take the opportunity to write about what they have learnt whilst working in the Clonard Garden. This is a fabulous chance for students to have a hands on approach to learning.

Chelsea Fringe Pop Up Garden Festival 

We, as the Environmental Activist Leaders of Clonard College for 2015, along with our supportive teachers;
have designed and created artworks which, as a collective; depict the sculptures of three blooming flowers.
We created these artworks exclusively using the technique of paper mache, as a means to promote
sustainability and creating art using renewable materials. This project is something which we feel
very passionate about and are honoured that it will be displayed at the Chelsea Fringe pop up garden.  

Yasmin Lake and Courtney Hart Year 12

Katelin Valjek and Kaitlyn Schurmann Year 11
 

 

Clean Up Australia Day

On Friday Feb 27th a small number of Clonard students participated in the Schools Clean Up Australia program.
The area chosen was around the Fyansford Park. Students collected rubbish and sorted this into 2 categories,
rubbish that could be recycled and rubbish for landfill. The total amount for each was 4.7 kg and 9 kg respectively.
A big thank you to all students who participated in this community event.

As Clonard grows the need to reduce our footprint is very important. We all need to seriously think about what each
of us can do - bring your lunch in a container, say NO to gladwrap and plastic bags, recycle bottles and containers.
Before you leave an area take a look and say to yourself ' Have I left this area as I found it?" Walk or ride to school
instead of coming in the car.
What can you do?

Resource Smart Schools Awards 2014

The finalists in the Resource Smart Schools Awards 2014 have now been announced and Clonard College is one of them!

Clonard has been selected as a finalist in the Community Leadership category for our work with the Jane Goodall Symposium in June this year.

We have 4 students from year 10 travelling to Melbourne this Coming Monday who will engage 80 primary and secondary students from around Victoria in a presentation about the Youth Symposium. Libby Leisner will also be singing her “A Song For Jane” which she wrote to commemorate the occasion to an audience of over 400 people. Special guests including Kayne Tremills, presenter – television and radio and Natalie Hunter, presenter – Totally Wild providing entertainment.

Winners will be announced at this special event to be held on Monday 8th September at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre. Winners and finalists will share in more than $40,000 in cash and prizes to support their sustainability initiatives.

The Resource Smart Schools Awards are run by Sustainability Victoria as part of the Victorian Government’s Resource Smart Schools initiative, helping schools embed sustainability into their everyday activities.

Congratulations Clonard and thank you to Ms Edwards, Ms McKenzie, Trish Clark, Mrs Kiernan, Ms McMahon and all the
students involved in presenting a wonderful event.
 

 

Food Revolution Day 2014

Jamie Oliver’s Food Revolution Day was on Friday, May 16. The day was about using global action to keep cooking skills alive. It’s about celebrating the importance of cooking good food, grown in our vegetable gardens and raising awareness of how it impacts our health and happiness -- we believe that starts with getting our students excited about food, by making cooking fun and inspiring a love of food
that will last a lifetime.

Various curriculum units in Food Technology, Health and Physical Education and Personal Development offer Clonard girls many opportunities to think about what they eat and examine what good nutrition looks like. Food Revolution Day is a campaign by the Jamie Oliver Food Foundation UK, and The Good Foundation in Australia.

Through our Healthy Together Geelong partnership,Clonard students attempted to break the World Record by participating with 74 countries around the world in making delicious rainbow wraps. Our Year 7’s were involved and are hoping to end up in the Guinness book of world records.

Plastic Bottle Recycling Initiative

This year the Sustainablity Group at Clonard have introduced a 10c refund for any empty plastic bottles (purchased from the Clonard Canteen).

The aim is to reduce these bottles ending up in Landfill, because it's safe to argue that plastic takes 1000 years to to decompose. The plastic bottles are buried, never to see the light of day. South Australia and Northern Territory are the only State/Territory which offer refunds for bottles. The aim is to divert as much waste as possible away from landfill.
 

SolarSets

Solar SETS offers schools a cost-effective way to monitor and manage their real time energy information and is the most comprehensive real time monitoring system currently on the market and is specifically geared towards sustainability education outcomes.

Click here to monitor Clonard's energy usage.   

Sunsmart App

Click here to download the sunsmart app to your mobile device or tablet using your iTunes account. This app lets you know when you need sun protection across Australia and when it's safe. 

Sustainability at Clonard

Clonard College is a learning community that “Celebrates all that is good with joy and gratitude” and which challenges all who belong to the school community to “Image and practise justice and service”.

The school has a long tradition of focussing on social justice and encouraging all to take responsibility for our actions and behaviours. In a very profound way this means taking responsibility for the way that we have an impact on the environment.

This is underpinned by our understanding that we are interconnected as local, national and global citizens. We see education as the most powerful tool for making sustainable change in the way that we use the planet’s resources.

Over the past ten years we have pursued a number of strategies to reduce our environmental impact. These have included:

  • A paper collection and recycling program that has been in place for 8 years
  • Development of a Student Sustainability Team 
  • Moving to electronic publication of student subject selection handbooks and other documents to reduce paper use
  • Energy smart strategies such as putting thermometers in classrooms to encourage sensible use of heating, notices above light switches reminding students and staff to turn these off when rooms are vacant
  • Year 8 program that focuses heavily on the environment and water use. Students are also involved in projects with Conservation Volunteers
  • Two major learning centres have been built with high environmentally responsible design features including louvre windows and thermal chimneys for natural air flow, double glazed windows for heat control, maximum use of windows for natural lighting, hydronic heating for winter and no air conditioners 
  • Registered as a Resource Smart School and undertaken the Core Module and Waste Module 
  • Developed vegetable gardens, worm farm and compost facilities