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Resources for Schools

Sustainability is now a cross-curriculum priority in the NSW syllabus. We support local schools implementing sustainability education initiatives through a number of environmental engagement programs outlined below. These programs aim to develop our local school communities as leaders in sustainability.

In-school programs

Enviromentors – primary (stage 2/3) program delivered by ‘Keep NSW Beautiful’ focused on 'waste' education

Radical recyclers –interactive theatre-style program targeting primary schools with key messages around recycling and waste education

Cleanaway KnowWaste – secondary school program targeting waste education with our waste management partner Cleanaway

What happes to the rain – primary (stage 2/3) program using sustainability action process to investigate stormwater management

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Excursion opportunities

Catchment, biodiversity & local environment field days – outdoor event held at local parks and reserves designed to provide students with a broad practical understanding of the local environment and waterways

Grantham Sustainability Education Centre – Council-run education centre, community garden, and outdoor learning facility

Environmental Education Centres (NSW Dept. of Education & Communities) – regional environmental education facilities catering students K-12 across western Sydney

Eco Youth Summit – annual two-day youth-focused sustainability event held at Sydney Olympic Park

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'What happens to the rain' schools package

Investigating stormwater management strategies in Blacktown City provides students with the knowledge, skills and understanding to be active citizens in the
21st century. Through project based learning students will develop real and informed suggestions for improved stormwater management at school, home or in their local community.

This schools package invites students and teachers to engage in a Sustainability Action Process to understand stormwater issues, best practice management and to design and implement a stormwater management or education plan for their school.

You can download the schools package by following the link below

PDF Icon 'What happens to the rain' schools package

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Benefits of the ‘What happens to the rain’ schools package program include:

  • a free curriculum linked, Stage 2/3 Science and Technology Unit of Work
  • a multi- touch interactive book (iBook) and worksheets to enhance student engagement
    (iBook download availble free from iTunes https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/id1084586515)
  • a teacher training day and bus tour of local waterways
  • a student excursion to our award winning site at Blacktown Showground
  • technical support for in-school stormwater management from Council staff
  • incursion opportunities, Eco Active Schools grant funding and more!

View our short film of schools involved in the project

Click to watch the video

This video details the partnership between Dawson Public School, Blacktown City Council and Brewongle Environmental Education Centre to implement a project based learning unit of work in Water Sensitive Urban Design for Stage 3 Science and Technology. The project involves teacher professional learning, student excursions, and in class resources.

More information
To receive a copy of the 'What happens to the rain' schools package email ourenvironment@blacktown.nsw.gov.au or phone Brewongle Environmental Education Centre on 02 4579 1136

2016 grant programs

Eco-active schools grants - competitive grants to primary and secondary schools for projects that involve biodiversity education or create habitat for native plants and animals

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Teacher resources

Teacher networking (sustainable schools network)

We operate a sustainable schools teacher network. This network is available to all primary and secondary school teachers working at schools in Blacktown City, and interested parents who want to get more involved in supporting environmental initiatives at their child's school. The network provides face-to-face and online networking opportunities, access to classroom resources, case studies of best-practice education for sustainability initiatives for schools, invitations to local events and partnership opportunities.The network meets once each term, and there is a quarterly e-newsletter to keep you informed of oportunties and resources available for schools. Sign up to this newsletter now.

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The Blacktown City Sustainable Schools Network meeting dates for 2017 are as follows:

Term 1 - Tuesday 28 February 2016, 4:00pm-6:00pm
Term 2 - To be advised
Term 3 - To be advised
Term 4 - To be advised

Please RSVP to attend these meetings by emailing david.towns@blacktown.nsw.gov.au or phoning 9839 6055 during office hours.

For more information on any of these programs contact us on 9839 6055 or email ourenvironment@blacktown.nsw.gov.au.

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