Schools and educational resources
Lake Macquarie City Council offers a wide range of educational resources for teachers, students, business, and residents. We also offer a Sustainable Schools Program for schools in the Lake Macquarie Local Government Area, the program includes:
- The Schools Survey - Schools can provide information regarding their progress on environmental sustainability issues, including how Council can best assist them to become more sustainable.
- The annual School Environment Awards - Awards nominations open February 2018.
- Sustainable Schools Workshops - Council Officers can deliver workshops to students on topics such as waste reduction and management, biodiversity, cycling skills and the water catchment.
- The native gardening fact sheet and the beginners guide to vegetable and herb gardens can help schools with their gardens.
- Lake Macquarie Environmental Sustainability Grants - open February 2018, up to $3000 is available for schools
Ready, Set, Grow is a program to support teachers to implement sustainable practices in their schools. The aims of the program are to encourage and support the creation of sustainable fruit and vegetable gardens, and introduce the concepts of landfill, composting, consumption and recycling. Schools are provided access to a series of free workshops which demonstrate and provide advice on how to start, maintain and expand a school food garden, with a particular focus on using food scraps created in the school as compost to aid school gardens.
For more information or to obtain hard copies, please contact our Customer Service Centre on 4921 0333 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
A free recycling service is offered by Hunter Resource Recovery on behalf of Council. At least three 240 litre recycling bins are available to schools for free fortnightly collection. Larger schools (more than 500 students) are eligible for additional bins. Additional collection services can be arranged for a fee. Waste audit kits can help to reduce your school waste and save money. These kits are available for loan. Contact Hunter Resource Recovery on 1800 838 884.
Recycle your schools soft plastic through the Redcycle program
Green waste bins
Green waste bins are available for school garden and food waste.
School group tours
School students can get a taste of local government in a two-hour educational tour of Lake Macquarie City Council.
Responsible pet ownership
Council rangers can visit your school for educational sessions on responsible pet ownership. Contact Council for more information.
Council Lifeguards can visit your school for educational sessions on water safety. For further information or to book, contact Council.
School Habitat for Wildlife
School grounds are often mini-corridors between bushland reserves. Join the Backyard Habitat for Wildlife program to learn how to create wildlife-friendly habitat.
Many schools have incorporated Landcare activities into their school holiday program through the curriculum, elective subjects and even as a weekly sport activity. There are a range of activities that students can be involved in. Create a bush food garden, wildlife habitat or even an organic vegetable plot. National Schools Tree Day will be held on Friday 27 July 2018. Plant requests for National Tree Day must be submitted to Lake Macquarie Landcare by the end of Term 1.
Community ecosystem monitoring
Join the Community Ecosystem Monitoring Program to monitor terrestrial and aquatic environments to grade the health of our land and waterways, the program includes Waterwatch.
- Schools Clean-Up Day - Friday 4 March 2018
- Walk to School Day – Friday 18 May 2018
- Schools Earth Hour – Friday 23 March 2018
- National Ride to School Day – Friday 23 March 2018
- National Schools Tree Day – Friday 27 July 2018
- Living Lake Macquarie guides
- Easy sustainability guides
- Sustainability checklist early education and care
- Waste education activity sheet
- Low waste lunch information package
Page last updated: 23 July 2018