Schools Education

Environment Schools Bulletin

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Schools Education

Are you an educator interested in teaching your students about the environment and sustainability? Are you interested in developing sustainable strategies and taking action at your school or organisation?

There are a number of ways we can support you.

Brimbank Teachers Environment Network (BTEN)

Join the Brimbank Teachers Environment Network and participate in professional development workshops that will inspire you and other teachers to engage with students on environmental and sustainability issues. 

The network meets twice a year. All are welcome including, school staff, educators, teacher aides and playgroup leaders – at no charge.

Sustainability webinars for schools

As part of the Environment Department’s innovation package of initiatives, Council adapted its existing teacher professional development workshops into a series of professional development webinars, including the provision of online support materials for teachers. The webinars were facilitated by Cultivating Community, an organisation with 25 years’ experience in school food programs and covered growing food in school and food waste recycling and designing a food garden with students.

Growing food in school webinar resources

To access the live webinar recording please click on the Growing food in school live webinar recording below:

Food waste recycling webinar resources

To access the live webinar recording please click on the Food waste recycling live webinar recording below:

Designing a food garden with students webinar resources

To access the live webinar recording please click on the Designing a food garden with students live webinar recording below:

To join our Environmental Educators email list contact our Environmental Education team at Environment@brimbank.vic.gov.au. You'll get updates on environmental education resources, competitions, awards, and more.

Education Support

Our Environment Team can provide information and advice to help with your school or group’s environmental projects. Make an enquiry using our Environmental Education Request Form.

Schools Sustainability Resources

The following Schools Sustainability Resources have been developed to support you.

Biodiversity School Resources (Foundation - Year 6)

You can also book at no charge our amazing Volcano Dreaming 12 panel panorama. It'll help you teach your students about the complex biodiversity of the Western Volcanic Plains.

Energy School Resources (Foundation - Year 6)

Waste and Recycling School Resources (Foundation - Year 6)

Factsheets: Composting at schoolRecycling at school

Water School Resources (Foundation - Year 6)

Sustainable Systems School Resources (Foundation - Year 6)

Factsheet: Growing food at school

Useful Links for the Classroom

My Smart Garden

My Smart Garden is a regional initiative to support sustainable gardening throughout the western region including Brimbank. The program hosts live workshops and has developed a bunch of resources to teach you how to grow your own food, shelter your home from the sun and wind, create a home for local wildlife, use water wisely and recycle waste. Check out the My Smart Garden website for completed webinars and free resources that will help your garden. To be a part of the My Smart Garden community, subscribe to eNewsletter or visit Eventbrite page to register for upcoming events.

The Leaflet

Read The Leaflet, our quarterly Environment Newsletter. Sign up to get monthly environment event updates and our quarterly environment newsletter for the community.

Useful Links for the Classroom
  • Sustainable Gardening in Brimbank: a free local plant species guide to help with habitat gardening and weed identification.
     
  • ResourceSmart AuSSI Vic Schools: a program developed to help schools and their communities become more sustainable.
     
  • Environmental Education Victoria: has services including the ResourceSmart Schools program in Brimbank. Become a ResourceSmart School and get a dedicated facilitator to work with your school on your sustainability actions.
     
  • Stephanie Alexander Kitchen Garden: offers advice and support on building a kitchen garden at school.
     
  • Water Watch: a community engagement program connecting you with river health, and water sustainability and management.
     
  • Cool Australia: has high quality educational content and educational materials including units of work and lesson plans that are learning ‘recipes’ for teachers to follow.
     
  • Ecolinc: Offers onsite, outreach and field trip programs for Foundation to Year 12, and teacher PDs.
     
  • Schools Water Efficiency Program (SWEP): Fun and engaging water education for schools.
     
  • City West Water: Has classroom incursions, Do-It-Yourself presentations, curriculum resources and downloadable classroom worksheets. 
     
  • Melbourne Water: Run the River Detectives Program and Virtual Tours of the Western Treatment Plant as well as lessons plans, water-saving tips for schools, frog census, platypus census.
     
  • CERES: The Sustainability Hub is a great place to connect, share and learn what’s happening in the sustainable education space. 
     
  • Bird Surveys: Register your school or group to join the Aussie Backyard Bird Count 
     
  • Planet Ark – The Planet Ark Recycling Near You website has recycling information and resources like bin signage, posters, as well as ideas and activities to get your school involved in National Recycling Week.