The Burnside High School Environment Group has been working hard over the past few years to create a more sustainable environment for all students to enjoy. They also aim to create a brighter future for students coming to Burnside in the coming years. Run by Mr Land and Mr Crosby, the Environment Group meets every Wednesday after school and consists of students wanting to make a difference.
The Environment group have three aims to make Burnside a better place.
The first aim of the Environment club is planting native trees. This has been an ongoing task for a number of years and the results have been most pleasing. The plantings along Memorial Avenue are now five years old and show just what a difference can be made. Most recently the group has been working on developing the land that Mr Maguire generously set aside for the Environment club in order to improve the school site for future generations at Burnside. The footpath between Greers Road and Grahams Road has been extensively planted and the progress has been impressive. Trees are re-claiming the stream side setting and native birds are beginning to make this area their home. The Environment Group has had strong support from a variety of sources including The Parent Teacher Association, Christchurch City Council and Forest and Bird; the support is greatly appreciated. As well as planting in the Greer and Grahams Road footpaths, further development is occurring around the school. This includes plantings in the music block quad, outside B block and also around the high ropes course.
The second aim of the Environment club is litter clearance around the school. This is an ongoing project to reduce the rubbish that is left by students around the premises. Mr Land has mentioned that he has seen a significant reduction of rubbish, which he believes shows the keenness of students to get involved with creating a cleaner school environment. Winning entries from a poster competition that was run for Year 9 students at the start of this year have also been stuck on every bin at school. This has raised awareness for students about the importance of doing the right thing and using the bins.
The last aim, which has been introduced this year, is to reduce the power bills at Burnside High. In total, the school spends $350 000 each year on energy usage, which Mrs Sidaway believes is a figure that can be significantly reduced. The environment group has worked to remove excessive lighting in classrooms and are looking to have already saved over $10 000.
As a keen student who is passionate about the environment, I admire the hard work that the group has done this year to create a better school environment for all present and future students.
So the next time you think about leaving your rubbish lying around or a light on, think about how this is impacting the environment and how you can help make a difference.