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 Cleaning Up Australia Starts at School

CleanUpAustraliaDay.jpgOn 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.

 
Xavier’s 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.
 
Xavier 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.
 
Anais Hubbert (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.”
 
Joel Howarth (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.”
 
For more information on Clean-Up Australia Day, visit the official website at http://www.cleanupaustraliaday.org.au