Supporting school communities to implement environmental initiatives...
The greeNSchools program supports North Sydney pre-schools, childcare centres, primary and high schools to develop, implement, review and celebrate school-based environmental projects. Eligible schools can apply for grants up to the value of $3000.00 and projects must be completed by the end of each school year.
greeNSchools Grants 2018
Applications for the 2018 grant program will open on 1 March 2018. But, start now, with the following:
- Involve others. Start exploring your project idea with as many students, teachers, parents and decision makers as possible.
- Get quotes, as the cost of products and labor can often be surprisingly high.
- Obtain pre-approval from management to use a space or facilities as this will allow you to hit the ground running once your grant has been approved.
- Contact Council to discuss your idea, uncover ways we can help, and grab any technical assistance we can provide before you apply.
Contact the Sustainability Education Officer on 9936 8100 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
greeNSchools Grants 2017
Further information on each school's project coming soon...
greeNSchools Grants 2016
Grants were awarded to these organisations for environmental projects that include on-ground works and educational activities.
Little Sprouts Early Education
Little Sprouts applied to transform their yard into a natural oasis, full of greenery, natural elements and sustainable infrastructure. Students, teachers and families worked together to create herb and vegetable beds, installed a Bokashi Bin for food waste, developed a native garden, installed a water tank and revived their old worm farm.
Have a look:
North Sydney Demonstration School
NSDS installed additional garden beds for their K-2 students. They formed a gardening club to grow beetroot and snow peas - which they ate, and loved! Students filled the new garden beds with soil, new seedlings, and mulch (and the program will continue in 2017). Kindergarten classes incorporated the unit 'Sustainability and Living Things' as part of ongoing program to learn more about the environment and where food comes from.
St Aloyisus College Junior Campus
School campus grounds represent considerable potential to prevent further biodiversity loss by providing local wildlife habitat. To this end, the students and teachers created a native bush ecosystem to attract native species, including frogs and birds. A native beehive, bird bath and frog pond were installed, in addition to several compost bins, worm farms and a native garden.
Cammeraygal High School
Students and teachers designed and created an edible rooftop garden and also a green space in their common area courtyard. The students carried all the equipment and soil up five flights of stairs - it was a team effort to get this project up and running! They chose the rooftop space so that the garden was close to their food science and technology classroom, thus they could grow and eat their seasonal produce and bring the nearby reality into their classroom.
Walker Street Early Learning Centre
A food waste audit indicated that each week they were throwing out over 15kg of food waste into general waste. The Centre decided to process their food waste on-site to teach the children about the cycle of life and explore opportunities to create a 'closed loop' system that fed back into their own garden. The centre also installed a water tank for their herb and vegetable gardens.
KU Grandstand Preschool
KU installed an older style hand pump to help the students appreciate, value and conserve water. The hand-operated water pump takes away any convenience from wasting water, as it is harder and slower to access water. They learn about vital water conservation issues which expands into environmental classroom activities.
St Mary's Primary School
St Mary's year 2 class, lead by teacher Timothy Butt, took innovation to a new level with their water catchment projects.
The "Catching Water" unit (completed over 20 weeks) got students to take what they learnt from excursions to Smoothey Park and Coal Loader, and invent designs that would help fix problem pollution in the catchment. The students did things like a litter count of Ridge St and St Leonards Park which revealed the high incidence of cigarette butts in both locations, as well as plastic waste, and illegally dumped rubbish. Students modelled their inventions and videoed their activities - then featured in a showcase event. Parents, Council and other classes saw what the class had learnt about the effects of litter on the catchment. St Mary's presented a Litter Report to Council and made numerous recommendations on how to manage the litter problem along Ridge St and St Leonard's Park.