The Australian Curriculum places emphasis on Sustainability as a priority for study that connects and relates relevant aspects of content across learning areas and subjects.
Cross-curriculum learning is fundamental to:
- understanding the ways social, economic and environmental systems interact to support and maintain human life
- appreciating and respecting the diversity of views and values that influence sustainable development
- participating critically and acting creatively in determining more sustainable ways of living.
Through the priority of Sustainability, students develop the knowledge, skills, values and world views necessary to contribute to more sustainable patterns of living.
A leading part in Sustainability at St Michael’s is Miss Jordan’s Garden. This aquaponics and hydroponics garden centre will provide students will a unique learning experience within the school. Students will be given the opportunity to engage in learning about the plant cycle in a hands on environment that includes the part that fish play in providing nutrients in some water plants. The Garden will be open from mid-2018 and will provide all classes with the school a weekly opportunity to grow, monitor and record finding about plants, fish and other living creatures. It is supported by the Fresh Taste program and will help students understand how fruits and vegetables get from being seeds to our healthy lunchboxes.