Sustainable Schools program

Our yearly Sustainable Schools Program offers free hands-on educational experiences, such as student leadership training, staff professional development sessions (online and face-to-face) and incursions and excursions on a range of topics including biodiversity, water, energy, Indigenous culture, gardening, waste and recycling.















Our 2019 program is being finalised and will be sent to your school in early Term one 2019 and will offer all of the same incursions and excursions as the 2018 program. To find out more download the Sustainable-Schools-Program-2018-full.pdf(PDF, 3MB)

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 All sessions link to one or more of the following Victorian Curriculum standards: Humanities, Science, English, Civics and Citizenship and the cross-curriculum priorities.

Student Leadership Scholarship Program

Tomorrows Leaders for Sustainability program supports an expert mentor to guide students through leadership training, problem-solving, research and the completion of a sustainability project for their school. The mentor will attend your school once per week for a minimum of one hour over a 10-12 week period. The program also includes a whole day excursion in the local area (bus transport provided, if required). To learn more about and apply for the program and see what participating schools achieved last year.

To apply please complete and email us the EOI-Tomorrows-Leaders-for-Sustainability-2019.docx(DOCX, 27KB) form. 


Student Leadership Conference with Cool Australia 

The free conference is a full day of activities, discussions and planning on Friday 3 May 2019. 2016-enviro-schools-leadership-web.jpg

Empower your students to become sustainability leaders by tapping into their interests, talents and skills. This conference helps students carry out sustainability projects and let their inner leader shine.

The Conference is a full day of activities, discussions and planning.

Your students will:

  • Explore what being a leaders means to them. 
  • Work with their team to plan and develop successful projects. 
  • Chat with students from other schools about their ideas.
  • Develop personal and social capability skills.

Includes free bus transport, if required. Registrations close last week of Term 1 2019.  


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Council sponsors one local school per year. Registrations open December 2018 and close early February 2019.

Open to years 5 to 10. 

Kids Teaching Kids (KTK) is a national, peer teaching program that uses the environment as a theme and focus for learning. Students of all ages find solutions to complex environmental problems such as climate change, water, waste, conservation, energy, drought, population and pollution.

Students research an environmental topic of interest and then deliver their environmental messages to peers through songs, comedy, dance routines, poems, plays, games and experiments.

KTK connects and challenges students with real world issues, inspiring them to want to know more. They are given tools to manage their own learning and become confident, caring and informed citizens ready to take on new challenges. KTK gives students the opportunity to present a workshop to others during KTK Week or the Melbourne Water KTK Conference.  

For more information, call 9329 3736 or email


Tree Planting Day

Friday 19 July and Friday 26 July 2019. Bus transport provided, if required. 


This popular annual event provides a hands-on opportunity for students to improve the biodiversity of their local area through planting indigenous plants, which provide habitat for native wildlife.

Tree planting is a great opportunity for students to get outside, connect with their local environment, meet students from other schools and join in a long-running national initiative.

Planting days will be held at Glen Iris Wetlands, Darling Park and the Urban Forest.


Staff PD: Scholarship Program delivered by Cool Australia 

Our Scholarship Program includes a wide range of fully subsidised Cool Australia online professional development courses.

Embed sustainability into your current curriculum, measure waste using Maths and teach about Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Histories and Cultures, all in just 1-2 hours.

  • Learn anywhere, anytime
  • Explore at your own pace
  • Get practical advice and resources
  • Boost your PD hours

Teachers have access to the course for 12 months from the date of enrolment. Invite your colleagues and learn together. 

For course details download our City of Stonnington Staff Scholarship Program 2017(PDF, 6MB).      


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Contact us

To learn more about the free opportunities available through our Sustainable Schools Program or to tailor a session to suit specific learning outcomes, please contact Stonnington's Environmental Education Officer on 8290 2051 or email.