Through our ASSISI initiative, Catholic Earthcare works closely with schools across Australia to support development of a holistic approach to sustainability.
In 2013 Sacred Heart Catholic School (Geeveston), along with Holy Rosary Catholic School (Claremont), Sacred Heart College (New Town) and St Mary’s College (Hobart), was selected to be part of our ASSISI Pilot School Program in Tasmania.
In the two years since they joined the program, Sacred Heart Geeveston has really embraced the ASSISI model. Principal Luch Brighella said the school’s initiatives over the past 18 months had included building an Aboriginal camp site and Reconciliation garden, planting an apple orchard and vegetable gardens, holding an electricity free day, painting a mural, as well as establishing a student environmental group called the Green Heart Warriors and a recycling program.
Sister Gabrielle Morgan from the Tasmanian Catholic Education Office said ASSISI was all about educating the minds of the future. “We want to develop a system of schools where the principles of sustainability and a deeper understanding of spirituality and ecology and how it goes together, are embedded in the education program,” she said. “It is all connected, we are all connected.”
In early November 2014, Catholic Earthcare Director Jacqui Remond returned to Sacred Heart to lead a professional development day and reconnect with the School. Jacqui was extremely impressed by all the great sustainability projects at Sacred Heart, and enjoyed being taken on a tour by some of the indigenous students. She looks forward to following the School’s progress throughout 2015.