At Essex Heights P.S. we believe in a sustainable and aesthetically pleasing environment. We recycle paper using Visy bins, catch water under drinking taps to put on our gardens and reduce our rubbish coming to school by encouraging children to bring rubbish free lunches. We have established a thriving vegetable garden, where the produce has been used to make Bolognaise sauce for pasta, toasted treats and baked potatoes all flavoured with fresh herbs from the garden. Pumpkin soup is also on the menu. Did you know our sunflowers have even appeared in the Waverley Leader newspaper? Classrooms are responsible for cleaning, clearing and planting sections of garden around the school. Children have painted school fences with thematic based art, made tiles to decorate native and sensory gardens and used mosaic to decorate breezeways. Keep an eye out for rainwater tanks and compost bins. We believe we can make a difference and create a positive and sustainable environment to enjoy and live in.
To support the philosophy of "Schools For a Sustainable Future" Essex Heights has decided to introduce the idea of HERO monitors in every grade. The acronym stands for Helpful Energy Resource Officers. A boy and girl in each class will become responsible for turning off electrical equipment in their classroom when not in use. They could be fans, air conditioners, lights, computers etc. All the items are listed on the back of their badge. Each child holds the position for 1 week and then 2 new monitors are chosen by the teacher for each new week. This way every body gets to share the responsibility for maintaining our piece of the planet here at E.H.P.S.