Sustainability at Burnside

In 2018, an education sub-committee was established to develop and support our environmental strategies into the future. The Education for Sustainability (EFS) committee aims to lead Burnside Primary School through innovative teaching and learning practices to support a whole school approach to sustainability.

Waste Management at Burnside Primary School

In February 2017, KESAB conducted a bin materials audit of our school. Our school community were actively involved in accruing the data and understanding the results of this audit. It highlighted that nearly half of our landfill contained food scraps. As a result, kitchen caddies were donated by Burnside Council for all classrooms and a whole school approach to engaging in reducing out waste has been undertaken.

  • Two ‘Aerobins’ installed to encourage composting on site
  • In August 2017, we were successful in securing a grant for $2000.00 from National Resources Adelaide and Mt Lofty Ranges (NRM) to purchase Ecobins for all classrooms. The bins create a uniform system for sorting our waste in line with practices at home leading to a reduction in landfill
  • These colour coded bins have clear guidelines for disposal of all waste:

  • Brown Bins – Organic Matter – Fruit, vegetables, egg shells, left over food scraps
  • Blue Bins – Paper – Paper and/or cardboard
  • Red Bins – Landfill – plastic
  • Yellow Bins – Mixed Recyclables – Plastic bottles, tins, cans
  • Energy

    We have been allocated a $25,000 Lighting Grant from DECD to make our lighting more efficient around the grounds.

    SA Water – Smart Water Meters

    In 2017 3 SMART water meters were installed on the school grounds. These provide ‘real-time’ data of our water usage. They are used to analyse our water usage, note any anomalies and ultimately save water and money, Units of Inquiry have been in place for the year 6 students to utilise the SMART Water meters into their learning, requiring them to apply their STEM skills to solve real school problems. In 2017 a groups of year 6 students attended SA Water to deliver a presentation highlighting our use and the benefits of the SMART water meters in our school.
    We will continue to work with SA Water on this innovative program in 2018


    Students study biodiversity utilising our pond which was installed over two years ago. Various curriculum modules allow students to explore and connect to natural landscapes and take responsibility for measuring data relating to plant and animal life.

    Food Garden

    In line with Right Bite and DECD healthy eating policies, we have a strong focus on strategies for healthy food choices. Our community garden engages our students in tending, planting and learning about our food; how it is grown, what is seasonal and the lifecycle of plants. Our parent volunteer Bec Mumford supports students in caring for our vegetable garden with many items regularly included on our canteen menu.