In accordance with the Strategic Directions, Damascus College participates in the ResourceSmart Schools programme, a Victorian Government initiative that helps schools benefit from embedding sustainability in everything they do. Schools take action to minimise waste, save energy and water, promote biodiversity and reduce greenhouse gas emissions. ResourceSmart Schools helps schools reduce costs while giving students the opportunity to learn about sustainability in a tangible and realistic environment. http://www.resourcesmartschools.vic.gov.au/about/
The Murnong Trail
The Damascus College Murnong Trail was created in 2015 as part of our conservation and interpretation of the biodiverse bushland at the back of the school. In 2016, the College was recognised as Victorian ResourceSmart Biodiversity School of the Year for the creation of the Trail.
Download a copy of the Murnong Trail Brochure here:
Murnong Trail Brochure (3851 KB)Murnong Trail Notes:
Murnong Trail Notes October 2016 (246 KB)
Murnong Trail Notes May 2016 (660 KB)
Murnong Trail Notes November 2015 (138 KB)
The Green Group
Under ResourceSmart, schools are encouraged to establish a Student Action Team to involve students in action for sustainability. Our team was created in 2012, and subsequently named the Green Group. Its actions have included the initiation of a College-wide paper-recycling programme, working bees to weed and clean up near the Murnong Trail, and involvement in events like Clean Up Australia Day and National Tree Day.
In 2016 the Green Group were awarded the Catherine King Community Shield at the Damascus College Award & Achievement evening, in recognition of the groups embodiment of the school spirit and who have made a significant contribution to the College. The students were: Liam Claridge, Zoe Elms, Teagan Farnsworth, Jade Martin, Claire Roberts, Jessica Vorstenboch and Elise Wright. The Green Group have embodied the College's vision to care for the environment. They leave behind physical proof of what they have achieved, and the College environment is now greatly enriched from their having been here.
Sustainability links in the wider College and Mercy community
Rahamim Ecology Centre, NSW: http://www.rahamim.org.au/