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Primary 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.

Primary school support

These programs have been developed by our education service provider.

Excursions

Students can meet experts in age-appropriate environments. Excursions include visits to:

  • a working recycling facility
  • landfill
  • Replas recycled plastics manufacturing plant.

School visits

Bin wise

An interactive session 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. Students will learn the materials that can go in each of the kerbside bins, the basic rules of sorting their waste and alternatives to disposal.

Refuse, reduce, reuse and recycle

An interactive session that asks students to think about what waste they make and why it might be important to reduce it. Students explore this concept and collaborate to identify actions they can take in their daily lives at school to reduce waste through reusing, recycling, composting and avoiding waste. This session can be tailored for years 5 and 6 to include a quiz.

Wasteful versus waste wise

An interactive session that teaches students how to reduce their waste through their shopping choices. Students explore this concept and collaborate to identify actions they can take in their daily lives at home and school to consume less, become more sustainable and reduce their environmental footprint.

Primary composters

A fun, interactive session that familiarises students with the concept of composting. Children can actively participate in creating a compost or learn how to make and maintain one at home. Students explore the many benefits of composting especially as a way of reducing waste going to landfill.

Worm farmers

A fun, interactive session that familiarises students with the concept of worm farming. Children can actively participate in setting up a worm farm or learn how to make and maintain one at home. Students explore the many benefits of worm farming especially as a way of reducing waste going to landfill.

Waste trace (year 5–6 only)

An interactive session that explores where our waste comes from in detail and the concept of closed loop recycling. Students look at natural resources and the local landfill and discover the materials in our waste that are 'on loan' and need to be returned for recycling.

Other resources and programs

Waste audits

Having a baseline for waste in your school can help to assess the impact your school has on waste streams and helps in developing plans to reduce waste.

Tomorrow's Leaders for Sustainability (limited availability)

A mentorship program with an emphasis on peer-to-peer teaching. Mentors spend 1 to 2 hours per week over 1 or 2 terms guiding students through leadership activities, sustainability projects and time investigation local environments.

Facilitated by the Port Phillip EcoCentre, the program is available as a full or part-funded program to Bayside schools. For more information go to the Port Phillip EcoCentre website

Register for the Tomorrow's Leaders for Sustainability scholarship

Teachers may register their interest in a Tomorrow's Leaders for Sustainability scholarship for their primary or secondary school. Please contact the Sustainability Education Officer, Bronnie Walsh on (03) 9599 4495.

School Sustainability Festival

A celebration of sustainability and an opportunity for kids to teach other kids about topics and projects that they have conceived and developed themselves. Supported by Council, this annual event takes place in September and is facilitated by the Port Phillip EcoCentre. For more information go to the Port Phillip EcoCentre website.

Support for teachers

We offer a range of support tools for teachers including a professional education and learning network, a sustainability newsletter and more. Go to the Principals and teachers webpage or contact the Sustainability team on (03) 9599 4601.