Sustainability in school curriculum

22 December 2017 - Media release

Through the Waste in Campaspe Know Educate Do (WICKED) program, Campaspe Shire Council recently conducted a free workshop providing educators the skills and confidence to integrate sustainability themes into all subject disciplines at school.

Mayor Cr Adrian Weston said sustainability is one of three cross-curriculum priorities in the Victorian Curriculum.

“To provide an opportunity for local primary and secondary schools to receive insight from sustainability specialists has taken the step towards environmental integration into the school syllabus that one step further,” Cr Weston said.

School representatives from Colbinabbin, Kyabram, Echuca, Rochester, Rushworth and Tongala attended the day long workshop. Themes discussed included water, waste, biodiversity and energy with examples offered for the integration of programs in schools.

Amongst the guest speakers were accredited ResourceSmart School representatives: Robyn Maclean from Colbinabbin Primary School and David Armfield from St Joseph’s College Echuca. Robyn and David spoke about their experiences and actions taken as part of the program to minimise waste, save energy and water, promote biodiversity and reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

ResourceSmart Schools is a free Victorian Government initiative that helps schools benefit from embedding sustainability in everything they do.

At the conclusion of the workshop, educators walked away with some great ideas on how to implement a variety of sustainability initiatives both inside and outside of the classroom.

Feedback provided by the workshop participants indicated a sense of inspiration to implement at least one of the sustainability initiatives mentioned during the workshop. Participants also reported that one major learning from the day was realising how much information and assistance is available to schools about sustainability. They also stated that they were quite likely to be the drivers to get their school to sign up to become a ResourceSmart School, in 2018.

“It’s pleasing to see Campaspe schools taking a positive approach to provide their students the opportunity to learn about sustainability in a tangible and realistic environment,” Cr Weston added.

To find out more about becoming a ResourceSmart School, visit http://www.resourcesmartschools.vic.gov.au/