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.

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 “Self-Watering” Garden Raised Garden Beds 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 90% 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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Government Grants Available

The Office of Environment and Heritage has been offering Eco Schools Grants to help provide this hands-on curriculum-based environmental education. Eco Schools Grants for this year, however, closed 18 June 2018.

The objective of the program is to fund projects aimed at achieving the following:-

  1. Environmental benefits – Enabling schools to promote more efficient resource use and improve the quality of the local environment.
  2. Student participation – To promote the development of knowledge, values and behaviour in students that supports environmental sustainability.
  3. Teacher engagement – To assist teachers to access targeted professional learning, and to assist with integrating environmental management into curriculum delivery.
  4. Sustainability in schools and the community – To encourage schools and the community to explore opportunities for working together for sustainability outcomes.

 There were 80 individual grants of $3,500 made available to NSW schools in 2018.  

The Eco Schools Program will reopen in 2019. 

To find out more click on Grant Applications button.