Sustainable Schools

Why should we have a garden bed or veggie patch in our school?

“Involving students in food gardens is a rewarding and educational experience with academic, social and environmental benefits.” Sustainable Schools NSW

“Creating and maintaining gardens helps students to develop knowledge and skills for sustainable living, and for studying how we can meet human needs while preserving the environment for future generations. Practical activities in garden design, planting and harvesting, can be linked to a range of curriculum areas including science, arts, literacy and numeracy.” NSW Government Office of Environment & Heritage

Apply for a Grant for your School Garden 

The Eco Schools grants program funds environmental management projects that promote learning opportunities for students, teachers and the community.

The 2019 round of the Eco Schools Program closed on 1 July 2019.

For more information and to apply please click on the link below.

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Curriculum Links for Eco Schools: Gardens

For these reasons, sustainability is being increasingly incorporated into the curriculum in Australian Schools. There are many practical and fun ways to link your garden to the curriculum and let your students enjoy being outside. For a more detailed overview of Curriculum links for each year K to 12 subject.

Sustainable Schools New South Wales is an initiative being managed by the Australian Association for Environmental Education (AAEE). It provides a curriculum focused resource hub for environmental education.

WaterUps® as proud members of the AAEE are keen to support this initiative and in part, have developed a range of raised garden beds with wicking systems that contain everything needed to help the garden grow. Just add soil, plants and water!. WaterUps® avoid water waste and significantly reduce the time and water needed to keep growing environments healthy. By reducing the amount of water used by up to 80% in some cases (due to the water reservoir capacity) beds can be left unwatered for as long as 5 weeks or even longer. This is great for schools, especially during term breaks!

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