As we start the New Year, it is important to acknowledge the fantastic work that John XXIII and the College community do towards being more sustainable. It is also a time to reflect on some of our practices and look for ways to improve, to choose a better way and make a new start for 2016.

Many small actions by lots of people add up to make a big difference to our environment. Have you thought about making a New Year's resolution for the environment? Or consider choosing one change and then make that change until it becomes a habit and then choose another.

Here are some ideas to get started:

  • Walk, cycle, carpool or take public transport once this week where you would usually drive a car
  • Switch off the light as you leave a room at night
  • Give the clothes dryer a rest this weekend and use the clothes line or a clothes rack instead

The Sustainability Club will meet each week at lunchtime in the garden behind B8. A focus for us this term will be reducing littering and increasing our connectedness to nature. Any parents who would like to be involved in the lunchtime activities please contact Neil van Herk.

Neil van Herk - Sustainability Coordinator


"Yet all is not lost. Human beings, while capable of the worst, are also capable of rising above themselves, choosing again what is good and making a new start, despite their mental and social conditioning. No system can completely suppress our openness to what is good, true and beautiful. I appeal to everyone throughout the world not to forget this dignity which is ours. No one has the right to take it from us." (pages 134-135, Laudato Si, 2015)