World Environment Day
World Environment Day is the most renowned day for environmental action. Since 1974, it has been celebrated every year on 5 June; engaging governments, businesses, celebrities and citizens to focus their efforts on a pressing environmental issue.
In 2020, the theme is biodiversity–a concern that is both urgent and existential. Recent events, from bushfires in Brazil, the United States and Australia to locust infestations across East Africa–and now, a global disease pandemic–demonstrate the interdependence of humans and the webs of life in which they exist. Nature is sending us a message.
Above all, World Environment Day offers a global platform for inspiring positive change. It recognizes that global change requires a global community. It pushes for individuals to think about the way they consume; for businesses to develop greener models; for farmers and manufacturers to produce more sustainably; for governments to safeguard wild spaces; for educators to inspire students to live in harmony with the Earth; and for youth to become fierce gatekeepers of a green future. It requires all of us.
Every World Environment Day is hosted by a different country, in which official celebrations take place. This year's host is Colombia in partnership with Germany. This year, millions of people will be celebrating digitally, worldwide.
At St Martin’s, Year 4W kindly organised a recording of their class informing and praying for World Environment Day. Many classes experienced some outdoor activities throughout the day and the Reception classes explored and discovered our school environment with a Mud Play Day.
The foods we eat, the air we breathe, the water we drink and the climate that makes our planet habitable all come from nature.
Cultural Day - Friday 12 June
On Friday 12 June we will be celebrating Cultural Day. The students are invited to wear their cultural dress or cultural colours. RT and 5GEN have organised a Liturgy for 9am over the PA system. Students will be involved in activities during the day in their classes.
Don’t forget to package your child’s snack, recess and lunch without any wrappers. Use reusable plastic containers or sandwich cloths to package food. Students will be asked to take any packaging home.
Remember to ‘REDcycle’ all soft plastic in your home – you can drop off soft plastic items to your nearest Coles or Woolworths. If it is soft plastic and can be scrunched into a ball, it can be place in a REDcycle drop off bin. This includes bread bags, biscuit wrapping, toilet paper/paper towel packaging, pasta and rice bags, frozen food bags, confectionery bags, plastic bags, old green bags, cereal box liners. Please make sure that the plastic is dry and as empty as possible.
Recipe taken from: healthylittlefoodies.com.
Heat oil in a large pan, over a medium heat. Add the onion and carrot, reduce the heat to low and cook until softened but not coloured (around 10 mins).
Add the garlic and cook for a further minute.
Add the tomatoes and stock and stir. Bring to the boil, reduce the heat, and simmer for 25 minutes. Alter the heat as necessary during cooking to maintain a gentle simmer, stirring occasionally.
Remove the pan from the heat and add the basil leaves.
Using a stick blender (immersion blender) or blender, blitz the soup until smooth.
On Thursday 25 June, we will hold our annual Outreach Day. This will look a little different to previous years to comply with restrictions.
Students are asked to bring non-perishable goods to school on that day. They are also asked to dress in their Sports House Colours. The Outreach Award is won based on the number of goods collected for each team. We will ask classes to go to the Community Centre in year levels and the Sports Captains and Justice Group will help with calculations and boxing up of the goods.
This collection supports St Vinnie’s Winter Appeal in our local community.
Our Sports colours are:
MacKillop – green
Hartzer – blue
Sweeney – yellow
Chevalier - red
With God’s blessings,