Sustainability is a cross-curriculum priority in the Australian Curriculum which includes,
- understanding the ways social, economic and environmental systems interact to support and maintain human life
- appreciating and respecting the diversity of views and values that influence sustainable development
- participating critically and acting creatively in determining more sustainable ways of living.
- Nature Based Learning Grant: Apply for up to $2,000 from Council to help fund your school's next nature-based excursion.
- Water Education: Access free in-school visits for Prep to Year 12 through the 'Smarter with Our Water' program, download activities for Under 5's and curriculum-linked STEAM water activities.
- Waste Education: Tour local waste facilities, access in-school presentations, educational resources and bins to help your school reduce waste and 'Recycle Right'.
- Natural Hazards Education: Receive in-school presentations, access activities from Prep to Year 12 or book a tour of The Cairns Disaster Management Unit.
- Cairns District Schools Science and Environmental Sustainability Enrichment Program: Council supports this Holloways Beach Environmental Education Centre program which partners talented Year 5 science students with industry mentors to develop sustainability projects in their schools and community.
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- Solar Tool Kit: Schools can borrow this portable solar panel briefcase to help students learn about renewable energy. The kit features a fan, radio, fluorescent lamp, buzzer and energy monitor.
- Reef Stencils: Made from old street signs, these can be used for chalk art or reverse graffiti (pressure cleaning) to encourage responsible litter disposal. The stencils include messages such as ‘bin your butts’ and ‘only rain down this drain’. The stencils help badge your school drains and gutters with turtle and fish stencils to create a visual connection between the land and the sea.
- Cool Homes Guide: Assists students to learn about tropical building design principles, crucial for emerging builders and architects in the region. The Guide may also assist students entering the Tropical Architecture Awards facilitated by the Business Liaison Association.
School Programs and Networks
- Reef Guardian Schools: This Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority program fosters awareness, understanding and appreciation for the Reef and its connected ecosystems. It helps connect students with community projects and has a suite of resources available.
- Australian Association for Environmental Education: Australia's peak professional body for Environmental Educators, with resources, professional development and networking opportunities available.
- Sustainable Schools Network: Provides opportunities for networking between students, business managers and teachers to embed sustainability in schools.