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Pre-school, primary and secondary schools

We offer programs that help schools to develop a whole-of-school approach to learning about sustainability, and offer teachers support for their classrooms.

Council offers both excursion and incursion opportunities to support sustainability education in pre-school, primary and secondary schools in Bayside.



An interactive incursion that teaches students what waste is, who makes it, where it goes and the effect on their local environment and what they can do to help.

The incursion is delivered by Council's Waste Minimization Officer and teaches students which materials go in each of the kerbside bins, the basic rules of sorting waste, where each type of material goes, and what the end product looks like as well as alternatives to disposal.

The workshop will also cover kerbside resource recovery facilities such as e-waste recycling. 

Target audience: This session can be tailored to suit groups from early learning to secondary school. 

Group size: up to 30 students. 

Duration: 1 - 1.5 hours.

Location: Your school or early learning centre.

Cost: Free 

To find out more or book, contact Lachlan Johansen, Circular Economy Programs Officer on 9599 4798 or via email at

Is your school interested in a fully funded program to engage your students, deepen their environmental knowledge, build leadership skills and action a sustainability initiative in your school? 

Council has partnered with the Eco Centre to offer this fully-funded program.

In this award-winning program, a qualified educator from the EcoCentre will work with a class of students over one term (one session per week), supporting the development of leadership skills and environmental knowledge. The program culminates in a student-directed sustainability project.

Each program is tailored to the school context, curriculum and student interests, and includes a local excursion.  

Submit an expression of interest here.


The School Sustainability Festival is an annual event organised by the Port Phillip EcoCentre and supported by Bayside City Council, to provide local schools and their communities an opportunity to celebrate and acknowledge their environmental and student leadership achievements. 


At this event, environmental leaders from participating schools present a workshop on a sustainability topic or initiative to peers from other schools through a kids teaching kids model. The day also includes an awards ceremony and afternoon of fun activities run by the EcoCentre and special guest organisations. 


For more information go to the Port Phillip EcoCentre website.



We offer a range of support tools for teachers including a professional education and learning network, a sustainability newsletter.  For more information, visit the Principals and teachers webpage.