GreenWay Primary Schools Sustainability Program
There are 22 primary schools and six secondary schools and colleges located along the GreenWay corridor and catchment. As a local model of urban sustainability, the GreenWay is an excellent learning resource and outdoor classroom for students of all ages.
The GreenWay Primary Schools Sustainability Program has been developed over several years by the GreenWay Team working in collaboration with local primary school teachers, sustainability staff from the GreenWay councils and staff from the Dept. of Education and Communities and NSW Sustainable Schools.
The Program offers inner west primary school students the opportunity to explore their local urban environment and learn about sustainability in a fun and interactive way through a series of in-class and outdoors activities.
- Offers a choice of five GreenWay Local History and Environment Walks, each of which provides students with an authentic, local learning experience in an outdoor classroom setting;
- Provides Stage 2 teachers with a Workbook of 15 cross-curriculum activities, targeting key learning areas such as literacy and numeracy, whilst helping students to develop a greater awareness of local environmental and sustainability issues;
- Activities are linked to the Curriculum and Outcomes for Stage 2 Key Learning Areas (KLAs) including Creative Arts, Human Society and Its Environment (HSIE), Mathematics, Personal Development, Health and Physical Education (PDHPE) and Science and Technology (SciTech).
- The Program is tailor made to integrate the new cross curriculum priority of sustainability into the NSW syllabus subjects of English, Science and History
Development of the Program
The core elements of the Program were developed over a 10 year period by staff and parents at Kegworth Public School, Leichhardt. In 2010 the NSW Environmental Trust funded GreenWay Urban Sustainability Project established a GreenWay Schools Reference Group comprising Inner West primary school teachers, sustainability staff from the GreenWay councils (Inner West Council and City of Canterbury Bankstown), community representatives and staff from the Dept. of Education and Communities and NSW Sustainable Schools.
The Group developed five GreenWay Local History and Environment walks and commissioned Judith Rossi, an experienced primary school curriculum writer, to develop a comprehensive teachers Workbook. During 2011 the Program was successfully piloted in three Inner West primary schools - Summer Hill Public School, Ashbury Public School and Kegworth Public School. The Program has been positively evaluated by the GreenWay Schools Reference Group, the NSW Dept. Education and Communities funded Observatory Hill Environmental Education Centre and an independent evaluator.
In 2012, the Program received a Commendation Award from the NSW Commission for Children and Young People for involving children and young people in planning our cities for the future. Also in 2012, the Program was accredited by the NSW Institute of Teachers for use in a registered training course for primary-school teachers wishing to use their local environment to teach students about sustainability.
The GreenWay Primary Schools Sustainability Program
The GreenWay Team secured a NSW Environmental Education Trust Grant to fund the implementation of this exciting and innovative sustainability education program in schools along the GreenWay.
Primary schools along the GreenWay are invited to register for the Program.
To find out more please download the flyer here.
You can view or download the Teachers Workbook here.
You can view the latest Curriculum Framework here.
If you would like more information on the GreenWay Primary Schools Sustainability Program please contact:-
Nick Chapman, GreenWay Place Manager mob 0417 402 043, firstname.lastname@example.org
Glen Halliday, A/Principal, Observatory Hill Environmental Education Centre ph (02)9247 7321, email@example.com.