In 2009 Merici College decided to take over the running of the school canteen in order to provide a healthy alternative for students and staff and incorporate it into Merici’s vision of a more sustainable school.
The key objectives of The Healthy Canteen Project are to:
• provide affordable healthy food
• enable vocational students to get industry experience whilst studying
• encourage girls to sit and eat in a social environment
• reduce the amount of processed and packaged foods and drinks consumed by students
•enable the college to take positive steps towards sustainable practices to reduce, reuse and recycle
The Healthy Canteen Project has since been a catalyst for other sustainability initiatives within the school. These include the establishment of a vegetable garden, the development of a sustainability elective and working on ways to improve waste management in the school. All these activities are integrated, and are either driven by student groups or part of the school curriculum to ensure their sustainability.
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