Supporting sustainability in schools
"Education doesn’t give you the answers, but enables you to ask the questions!" Suzanne Connelly.
The Natural Resource Management Education Program supports environmental sustainability in Eyre Peninsula schools through activities, lessons and support tailored to each school's individual needs.
Our main focus is providing relevant, practical and powerful learning opportunities for students and educators and encourage enquiry-based learning, problem solving and future orientated thinking. Our Education Officer is located in Whyalla in a part-time capacity.
We are strong and active advocates for the adoption of the Australian Sustainable Schools Initiative (AusSSI-SA) and we are here to assist local EP schools in registering and developing their own sustainability plans. Feel free to have a read through our media stories (linked below) to get ideas of what other schools are doing and what you could rally behind at your school. Please contact us via email (DEW.NREPAdmin@sa.gov.au) or call us on 8688 3111 to speak with an NRM Officer and start your schools registration process.
Thank you to the following 13 schools for already coming on-board and congratulations on your significant progress to date: Lake Wangary Primary School, Samaritan College, Tumby Bay Area School, St Josephs School Port Lincoln, McRitchie Crescent Children's Services Centre, Nicolson Avenue Primary School, Hincks Avenue, Samaritan College (OLHC campus), Samaritan College (St Teresa’s campus), Gabmididi Manoo Children and Family Centre, Cowell Area School, Kimba Area School and Kirton Point Primary School.
Support to schools includes:
- links to expertise, resources, grants, contacts and loan equipment for environmental sustainability projects
- visits and meetings with principals and staff to discuss needs and opportunities
- implementing the principles of Education for Sustainability and engaging the whole school.
Support to teachers includes:
- professional development sessions on a range of topics
- classroom education sessions on a range of environmental issues
- on-ground action projects, such as kitchen gardens.
School visits and meetings
Our Education Officer is available to speak directly to the principal, staff, or at staff meetings and governing council meetings about making positive environmental sustainability changes to your school and local community.
- assistance with developing a sustainability education management plan
- opportunities to reduce energy, waste and water in your school
- accessing local environmental contacts and resources
- environmental programs and grants available to your school
- tools to evaluate your journey towards sustainability.
Teacher professional development
Sessions are run throughout the year to help teachers increase their knowledge, skills and confidence in incorporating activities about their local environment into the classroom curriculum. Please contact us for information about up and coming sessions on offer.
A number of resources are available for downloading and use in the classroom. These include:
For further information about how we can help you or your school, please contact us.
This project is supported by the Eyre Peninsula Natural Resources Management Board, through funding from the Australian Government’s National Landcare Programme.