Our commitment to air quality in SCEA has gone to new lengths this week, with SCEA schools being supplied with one air quality meter each from the SCEA Office.
By providing the same type of machine for each school, the goal of reaching objective conclusions about the data should be quite straightforward.
Or so you might think…
Once these air quality meters reached the school sites, the opportunity for school leaders and teachers to educate students on the carbon dioxide levels in the air became a talking point in classrooms across SCEA.
When the air quality meter was turned on at Kalamunda Christian School, the dial hovered between ‘very good’ and ‘excellent’. This prompted Dr Gregg Weaver to remark that “we all know that Kalamunda is a pristine environment, akin to an Alpine forest in its purity and exquisite cleansing properties!”
Up in Alkimos, Mr Stuart Chisholm had his trusty Facilities Manager Mr Deon Van der Westhuizen install the air quality meter and then contributed to the discussion: “We are on the coast. It’s a no-brainer. We have the cleanest air by virtue of the seabreeze!”
Not to be outdone, Southern Hills College Principal Mr Paul Beacham highlighted the etymological meaning behind the name of his rural suburb of ‘Bedfordale’ on Wednesday, saying that ‘Dale’ means ‘valley’ and Bedfordale means ‘valley near the river’. We have the natural purity of air from the valley with the complimentary flora to ensure we have the consummate natural environment here at Southern Hills.”
How can you top that?
“We have all of that, and the grapevines of the Swan Valley only add to the quality of the air,” said Swan Christian College Acting Principal Mr Terry Eason after posting a ‘Very Good’ rating earlier this week on Swan’s meter.
Mundaring Christian College’s Principal Mr Rod McNeill weighed into the conversation in his own inimitable way, claiming that “anyone who has visited our school will be aware that Mundaring means ‘a high place on a high place.’ We have the altitude, and that means we have the purity and the stratosphere to match anything on this planet in terms of air quality and breathability.”
Not to be outdone, Beechboro’s School Principal Mr Michael Bolan mentioned on Thursday that ‘any family that comes to Beechboro Christian School will drive past a number of turf farms and tree nurseries just along Marshall Road. Plants convert carbon dioxide to oxygen during a process called photosynthesis, and our students are the beneficiaries of that pure oxygen when they are at our school. I expect our air meters to be in the ‘very good’ to ‘superbly excellent’ range!”
“Simmer down, you young chaps,” came the message from Ellenbrook Christian College Principal Mr Mike Pitman early this morning. “The new train line, which will run straight through the middle of our school, is going to be powered by electricity. The ‘brook’ in Ellenbrook means that there are water sources everywhere around our school. The electrolysis (when the electricity mixes with water) will provide pure oxygen as an outpouring, meaning we will have more than enough air for our students due to the new train. We will be giving back pure oxygen to our community – just don’t go lighting any matches around here anytime soon, though!”
Wherever you may be situated in your SCEA workplaces across Perth, please know that your air is being monitored for purity and your leaders have a great sense of humour…
Have a look at some of the air quality monitors in action across SCEA schools this week!