The Australian Curriculum places emphasis on Sustainability as a priority for study that connects and relates relevant aspects of content across learning areas and subjects.
Cross-curriculum learning is fundamental to:
- understanding the ways social, economic and environmental systems interact to support and maintain human life
- appreciating and respecting the diversity of views and values that influence sustainable development
- participating critically and acting creatively in determining more sustainable ways of living.
Through the priority of Sustainability, students develop the knowledge, skills, values and world views necessary to contribute to more sustainable patterns of living.
A leading part in Sustainability at St Michael’s is Miss Jordan’s Garden. This aquaponics and hydroponics garden centre provides students with a unique learning experience within the school. Students are given the opportunity to engage in learning about the plant cycle in a hands on environment that includes the part that fish play in providing nutrients in some water plants. The Garden provides all classes an opportunity to grow, monitor and record finding about plants, fish and other living creatures. It is supported by the Fresh Taste program and helps students understand how fruits and vegetables get from being seeds to our healthy lunchboxes. A parent Sustainability Action Group has been formed to assist with the ongoing up keep of Miss Jordan’s Garden.