At Aitken College there are a number of sustainable practices that contribute to our standing as a Resource Smart 5-Star Sustainable mentor school.

There are a plethora of programs and activities offered, in order for students to get involved with Environmental Programs. Having Environment Monitors for classes from year 1 to year 9, as well as Dunhelen and Cumberland Environment Captains are among these. Our Agriculture program and Friends of the Farm also encourages student participation; including running the market garden stall, providing fresh produce for the Aitken community.

Working Bees are also very productive, involving many staff members, students and parents. Building garden beds, spreading mulch & soil, as well as planting veggies and native trees are among the many activities that take place at Working Bees. We also continuously maintain the quickly growing Science Garden. Families particularly enjoy meeting the farm animals during the Working Bee BBQs.

Each year Aitken Environment Week takes place towards the end of Term 3. Many activities and programs are offered throughout the week to students of all ages as well as staff and families. Bike-n-Blend, recycled arts and crafts, water bug investigation, Free-range BBQ and carpools are among the organised activities/initiatives designed to raise awareness about a variety of environmental issues; Food, Waste, Biodiversity, Transport and Energy.

It is certainly apparent that the Aitken community feels fortunate to be a part of a school that cares so much for the environment and enjoys it at the same time.

Ms Cristy Herron

Head of Environmental Programs