E BRANCH (Environment Group)
E BRANCH is St Ives High School's Environment Group and was established in 2010 as a P&C initiative.
The group originally consisted of 10 students, the School's General Assistant (GA), the Head Teacher Administration, and the P&C Environment Coordinator.
E BRANCH has provided students with many opportunities to undertake leadership roles. Founding members have managed projects energetically with enthusiasm and pride. The E-BRANCH logo was designed by one of our students and drew high praise from a leading Australian artist. Projects have been funded by the P&C or by the students' own fundraising initiatives.
The founding members of E BRANCH have graduated from St Ives High, however, their legacy lives on and continues to inspire new students, parents and teachers.
The P&C undertakes many environmental and sustainable projects, which all come under the banner of E BRANCH.
We welcome students who wish to be a part of E BRANCH. In the first instance, they should contact Mr Paul Ramsay, Head Teacher Admin. Interested parents/carers should contact the P&C firstname.lastname@example.org
The founding members of E BRANCH built many environments and sustainability features at the school from 2010-2017, which include:
• double compost enclosure
• enclosed raised garden
• a renovated shed
• artwork around the small water tank
• native shrub species planted in front of the 2 large water tanks to beautify the site
• environment desk and bookcase constructed from recycled wood, located in the school library.
• Library Outdoor Learning Area (LOLA)
The P&C works closely with the School and organises Action Days to help maintain and improve the outdoor environment. In the past few years, parents, students and teachers have been involved in ‘Clean Up Australia Day' events, and Lend Lease have supported the school through their ‘Community Day', providing several staff members to help weed specific areas of the school grounds and paint 2 classrooms. The P&C, under the E BRANCH banner, will continue to organise events so that students, parents and staff can contribute to improving our outdoor environment.
Sydney Turpentine Ironbark Forest
Our school grounds are home to one of the remaining fragments of the Sydney Turpentine Ironbark Forest, which since European settlement has been reduced to just 0.5% of its original area. Sydney Turpentine Ironbark Forest is protected as an Endangered Ecological Community (EEC), under the NSW Threatened Species Conservation Act 1995 and a Critically Endangered Ecological Community under the Commonwealth Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999.
Whilst it is a small remnant patch of bushland it does form part of a wildlife corridor for species that rely on this habitat. The mature trees may provide hollows for Australia's largest owl, the Powerful Owl and also for the Glossy Black-Cockatoo.
In 2008 and 2014 the P&C received funding from Ku-ring-gai Council to undertake bush regeneration. Whilst this was very beneficial in removing weeds and allowing native species to grow, it only provided short-term assistance.
For long-term management of the site, we hope, with assistance from Ku-ring-gai Council's Bushcare Team, to establish the St Ives High School Bushcare Group to maintain this rare bushland area for future students and long-term benefits for the local environment.
The P&C is currently discussing many environmental projects and hopes to allocate resources to undertake them in the future, these projects are:
- Administration Garden
- Beautification of school entrance
- Composting site on school boundary
- Library environment workstation
- Native garden and orchard