“Nature cannot be regarded as something separate from ourselves or as a mere setting in which we live. We are part of nature, included in it and thus in constant interaction with it.”

– Pope Francis (Laudato Si’ n139)

Season of Creation


A huge thank you to our 2022 Sustainability Student Leaders, Lauren Dillon, Montana Morgan, Maria Glass, Sattine Pirrottina, Claire Fitzpatrick, Evie Ryan, Georgia Atherton, Yu-Ru Tan and Ava Hauser, for their amazing contribution across the year.

Congratulations to our newly appointed year 12 Student Sustainability Leaders for 2023 – Libby Ahern and Amber McMurrich. We look forward to how you will impact this space in the new year.


Over consumption is affecting our planet. Buy nothing new in October is a global movement is calling for individuals to be active in reducing the amount they consume. This is a one-month challenge to buy nothing new (with the exception of essentials like food, hygiene and medicines). Buy Nothing New Month isn’t Buy Nothing New Never. Nor is it about going without. Take the month off and ask yourself, “Do I really need it?” If I do, “can I get it second-hand, borrow it or rent it? What are my alternatives? Can I borrow from a friend? Can I swap with my neighbour?” It’s about thinking where our stuff comes from (finite resources) and where it goes when we’re done (often landfill) and what are the fantastic alternatives out there to extend the life of our ‘stuff’. It’s easy. It’s fun. It’s moving from consumption-driven to community-driven.

It’s good for us, our wallets and our planet. Hop on board!

For more information, visit the website: Buy Nothing New Month

SOIL WEEK – Secondary School Competition – Open to students in Years 7, 8, 9 and 10.

Healthy Soil, Agriculture and Climate’.

For secondary students, there will be one winning entry. The winning student will receive a $500 JB Hi-Fi voucher and the school will receive $1000 to be spent on resources to build students’ understanding of healthy soil, agriculture, and climate. Other prizes and vouchers will be given out to students who have made a special effort. Every school and student who registers will receive one year’s free access to the Soil Learning Centre resources, valued at $300.

Entries can be in any digital format. This might mean producing a video, making a magazine, drawing a picture, recording a speech, writing a play, painting a mural, designing a video game, writing a book review, or painting a mural. You just need to be able to send it to us, (or a link to it) in an email or upload it to a website.

Entries need to be submitted by 25 October 2022.

For more information, visit the website: Schools Competition – Soil Week Australia


For those heading out bush during the holidays and on weekends it is important to be aware of protecting our native environment from the introduced plant pathogen, Phytophthora. Check the link to find out what you can do to reduce its devastating impact. 


Young people in Years 1-12 learn about the importance of recycling old mobile phones by creating 60-second videos on the theme ‘The Science of Recycling.’

The basics:

  • Four entry categories – Lower and Upper Primary, Lower and Upper Secondary
  • Entries close 30 September 2022
  • Finalists announced 31 October 2022
  • Winners announced during Planet Ark’s National Recycling Week (7 – 11 November 2022)
  • Terrific prizes up for grabs, including a $3,000 JB-HIFI voucher to the winner of each category and a $1,000 voucher for up to three finalists

Have fun creating!!

For more information: Film competition 2022 – MobileMuster