On Friday, 2nd
March 2012, students from Prep to Year 5 at Xavier Catholic College did their
bit help clean up and care for our environment as part of the school’s Clean-Up
Australia Day initiative. The College has run clean-up activities with students
every year since its opening in 2003, rain, hail or shine! This year was no
exception – it was hot, dirty and hard work but the junior students got in and
got the job done.
Junior School Clean-Up Australia Day event was coordinated by the college’s
Fraser Coast Junior Council (FCJC) representatives; Emily Whebell (Year 9),
Emily Bell (Year 9), Edon King (Year 10) and Katie Brown (Year 10). At the
recent induction meeting of the FCJC, a decision was made that the Junior
Council’s first initiative for the year would be Clean-Up Australia Day.
Clean-up events run by the FCJC are being held in Maryborough and Hervey Bay on
March 4, however Xavier’s representatives wanted to focus on school based
clean-up activity in addition to the FCJC events.
students not only dedicated time to cleaning up their school grounds but also
ventured into surrounding areas at Eli Waters, including Eli Creek – a
protected tidal canal which gives access to the Great Sandy Straight. Looking
after the environment and learning about the effects of littering and pollution
are embedded into classroom learning and Xavier students understand that ‘every
little bit counts’. Recently, Year 4 students have participated in discussions
about the environment and the need for recycling, with a focus on batteries.
(Year 4 student) explained, “We need fresh water so we thought it would be
better if people recycled batteries to keep the water safe and clean.”
(Year 4 student), agrees. “All batteries leak poison which goes into our earth
and waterways - don’t throw batteries in the rubbish, recycle them instead.”
more information on Clean-Up Australia Day, visit the official website at