Eco-Schools and Kids Teaching Kids

Kids Teaching Kids is a free, national, peer teaching program that uses the environment as a theme and focus for learning. Students of all ages find solutions to complex problems such as climate change, water, waste, conservation and energy. This is done through researching an environmental or social topic of interest, taking action within their communities and then delivering their messages to peers through songs, dance, poems, plays, games and experiments.

How does Kids Teaching Kids fit with Eco-Schools? 

Once you have carried out your environmental review you’ll know the most pressing environmental issue for your school and what you want to improve. It’s time to research your topic and find solutions to include in your Action Plan. KTK is a great way to inform and involve your community and share the Eco-Committee’s findings with the whole school.

With only a few weeks to go till the 2017 KTK Week, make sure you check out all the fun on social media with #KTKWeek2017 or on Facebook.

The Kids Teaching Kids Team would love to answer any questions schools have and discuss how we can tailor the program to suit their individual needs.  You can also register your interest to learn more about how to take part in the 2018 KTK Week on their website or find out more via email!

Steps Around Australia – Eco-Schools in Action

Parap Primary School – Sew Sustainable!

Parap Primary School in Northern Territory are launching a Boomerang Bags project to reduce plastic bag waste in their community. Upcycling fabric scraps and cast-offs students honed their sewing skills to manufacture bags for use in the local community. Bags will be distributed to local businesses for sale or for shoppers to borrow and return for reuse.

Check out the video of these Eco Warriors in action here.

Parramatta schools leading the way.

Eco-Schools Australia have joined forces with the City of Parramatta to introduce Eco-Schools to local schools. Thanks to grant funding from the City, three Parramatta schools are taking on a project to improve their overall sustainability.

One such school is Oatlands Primary School where students are waging a war on litter in their school grounds by hosting a litter less lunch, introducing new recycling bins and composting crunch n’ sip scraps. Assistant Principal, Melanie Shields put together this ambitious yet achievable Action Plan, that clearly outlines the school’s planned actions identifying clear time frames for delivery, as well as who is responsible for delivery and what resources are needed. It’s a good example if you are new Eco-School wondering how to get started!

If you have a good news story that you want to share in next term’s Eco-Schools Australia newsletter email to tell us about it.

 

2017 Litter Legend Grant Recipients Announced

20 Australian Eco-Schools have received seed grants of $500 to kick-start a litter management project in their school. The 2017 Litter Legends grants have been made possible thanks to the generous support of the Wrigley Company Foundation as part of the International Litter Less Campaign. 

The Litter Less Campaign aims to reduce litter and affect long-term behaviour change among youth. This is the second time the grants have been offered in Australia.

Recipients will be undertaking projects that specifically tackle litter in their school and community. This could include:

  • Improved bin provision, locations and signage
  • Development of the school curriculum to enhance litter education
  • A whole school awareness campaign
  • An incentive scheme, with prizes for the tidiest classroom or yard
  • Adopt a local litter hot spot, get a team together to clean and improve it
  • Working with a local community group to investigate litter impacts on local rivers or foreshore habitats
  • Working with a local business to design ideas for reducing litter from their product packaging or other business activities.

More information about the schools’ projects will become available on the Eco-Schools website or email info@eco-schools.org.au.

List of schools include:

ACT

 Woden Valley Childcare Centre

NSW

Blackett PS
Croppa Creek PS
Leura Public School
Narellan Vale PS
Narrabeen Lakes PS
Parramatta West Public School
Sandcastles Early Education Centre
Sathya Sai School
St Francis Xaviers Primary School
St John’s College
St Josephs Primary School Kempsey
Trinity Anglican College

NT

Anula Primary School
Henbury PS

QLD

St Pius X
Trinity Anglican School

VIC

Springside P-9 College
Tarneit Senior College

WA 

Little Grove Primary School

Burnie Primary School cleans up

Well done to Burnie Primary School, Tasmania who have just been awarded their first Bronze Award.

Choosing the litter and waste theme, the students reviewed the school’s waste management and found that there were no recycling facilities, with nearly 100kg of rubbish heading to landfill every school week.

Their Sustainability Committee, consisting of students and a classroom teacher, has led the whole school on a journey to reduce waste going to landfill by introducing recycling and organics bins (funded by a Keep Australia Beautiful, Beverage Container Recycling Grant), holding a Book Swap Meet and sharing their learnings from an excursion to the local waste management centre via assemblies and newsletters.

Teachers are engaging students in learning through environmental enquiry. The year 6 class used newly installed gardens to understand and calculate the different volumes and capacities of a range of garden beds. This is a great example of integrating the Eco-School activities into the school curriculum – which can be a struggle for schools starting the program.

2017 YRE Winners announced

Congratulations to the winners of the 2017 Young Reporters for the Environment (YRE) competition winners. The YRE International Jury met in Denmark last month to decide who would take the top prizes in the field of photo, video and written journalism.

You can view all winners here.

Will 2018 see YRE winners from Australia? It could be you!

Keep Australia Beautiful are running YRE in Australia for the first time this year and we want you to be involved. Find out more about YRE Australia, including teaching resources, here. There are 10 grants available for NSW high schools. Apply on the program page.

Attention all Eco Schools

Participate in the 2017 Eco-Schools Australia Wrigley’s Litter Legends Campaign, and receive $500 in seed grant funding to jumpstart a lit
ter reduction and recycling campaign at your school.

In 2017, Eco-Schools Australia, operated by Keep Australia Beautiful, is running the Litter Legends Campaign (LLC), (known internationally as Litter Less Campaign), for the second year.

This year, 20 Aussie Eco-Schools will receive seed grants of $500 to implement a project to reduce litter and improve recycling in their school and community.

Operating in 21 countries worldwide, the Litter Legends Campaign (LLC) aims to engage and educate children and young people on the issue of litter, and encourage them to make positive choices. LLC is supported in Australia by The Wrigley Company Foundation and the Foundation of Environmental Education.

Find out more about the 2017 Litter Legends Campaign and submit your expression of interest here.

2016 Eco-Schools Litter Legends Grants Recipients

The Eco-Schools Litter Legends Grants recipients for registered Eco-Schools have been announced.

Grants of up to $500 have been awarded to 24 schools to assist Australian Eco-School committees complete a Litter Legends project. This project is funded by the Wrigley Company Foundation and contributes towards the International Litter Less Campaign. 

Peter McLean, CEO of Keep Australia Beautiful National Association, who are the national operator of Eco-Schools, said “these grants help litter prevention on a global scale, and will be evaluated internationally.”

“This is the first time this international grant has been offered in Australia.”

Recipients will be undertaking projects that specifically tackle litter in their school and community. This could include:

  • Improve bin provision, locations and signage
  • Development of the school curriculum to enhance litter education
  • Whole school awareness campaign
  • An incentive scheme, with prizes for the tidiest classroom or yard
  • Adopt a local litter hotspot, get a team together to clean and improve it
  • Work with a community group like a fishing club or a surf lifesaving club to investigate litter impacts on local rivers or foreshore habitats
  • Work with a local business, design ideas for reducing litter from their product packaging or other business activities.

More information about the schools’ projects will become available on the Eco-Schools website http://eco-schools-projects.org/litterless/ or email info@eco-schools.org.au.

The Litter Less Campaign aims to reduce litter and affect long-term behaviour change among youth. Eco-Schools is a global program that has been running for 20 years internationally, and became an Australian program in 2014.

List of schools include:

State Local Council Area School
NSW Ballina Shire Council St Francis Xavier’s Primary School
St Joseph’s Alstonville
Byron Shire Council Brunswick Heads Public School
Camden Council Elderslie Public School
Mawarra Public School
Narellan Vale Public School
Campbelltown City Council Airds High School
Canterbury City Council Canterbury South Public School
Hornsby Shire Council Hornsby Heights Public School
Leichhardt Municipal Council Orange Grove Public School
Lismore City Council Bexhill Public School
St John’s College
Municipality of Kiama Kiama Public School
Wollondilly Shire Council Bargo Public School
NT City of Darwin Alawa Primary School
Henbury School
Kormilda College
Nightcliff Primary School
Parap Primary School
Litchfield Municipality Berry Springs Primary School
QLD Shire of Paroo Eulo State School
Cairns Regional Council Cairns School of Distance Education
TAS Latrobe Council Port Sorell Primary School
Launceston City Council Lilydale District School