Intro - Eco or Ego
The play on words is deliberate. If we don’t put aside our own egotistical thoughts and plans, the “eco” parts of our life will suffer. On the other hand, if we learn to care for, respect and live with the ecological dynamic that surrounds us – the environment, planet earth, climate, and so on - our ego will become much more rounded, and be valuable to self, others and the world.
For the first 6 weeks of term 3, we want to explore this theme and these ideas across the school. The starting point for that will be our chapel devotions presented by a member of the ministry team every Tuesday. These will be based on the six themes that Dr Norm Habel has developed for his Earth Care Charter for Lutheran Education Australia.
But much more: we hope the theme will be taken up and explored across the school, in home classes, in subject areas, by individuals, with groups. There are a number of opportunities for this to occur. The first is in the form of competitions in various areas; we are hopeful that home classes might run with an idea, and develop it in ways that have a much wider impact than we can imagine; there will be a staff exhibition of photos linked to the overall theme. To encourage these opportunities, there are various resources on this website – practical ideas, related websites, quotes, book reviews and stories. We will be adding new material each week.
Last but not least, there is our recycled family tree. While relating specifically to week 4, our hope and intention is that by the end of this 6 week period, every student and staff member will have their name on the tree. We are encouraging each home class to identify an Australian creature or plant that is endangered, make a model of it in some way, add their names and attach it to the tree, which will be at the front of chapel for these six weeks.
Lots of possibilities. Stay tuned!
South Melbourne streetscape