Environmental And Social Justice

Footprint is a student group that aims to blend advocacy, education and participation across a range of environmental and social issues throughout the Barker Community.

In recent years, Footprint has instigated the following sustainability projects across the School:

  • 100% biodegradable and compostable food packing has replaced plastic containers in canteens
  • Additional bubbler/refill water bottle stations have been installed around the School as part of the Refill not Landfill campaign.
  • Waste has been diverted from landfill to recycling through the Great Locker Challenge, weekly office paper recycling rounds (1/2 tonne per week) and pop up stationery reuse stall
  • Bags of second hand winter clothing and blankets have been collected and delivered to newly arrived refugees via House of Welcome’s Winter Clothing Drive
  • Each year, the Barker community contribute to the recycling of batteries, bottle tops, bread tags, soft plastics and mobile phones which are then recycled through relevant programs such as Bread Tags for Wheelchairs and Envision 3D printed hands and mobility aids.

In addition, students have attended Social Justice Forums, pledged for parity to commemorate International Women’s Day, as well as actively participating in National Reconciliation week.

Participation is purely voluntary and open to students in the Junior and Secondary Schools.