The City of Canning incorporates many resources, initiatives and workshops to support the community’s schools in becoming more sustainable.
Join the growing number of schools in Canning that are water education role models in the community. The Waterwise Schools Program provides excellent teaching and learning opportunities for a future of better water management. The program can make teachers jobs easier and students’ learning more enjoyable.
For further information on the Waterwise Schools Program contact the Water Corporation on 08 9420 3988 or send an email.
Waste Wise Schools
The Waste Wise Schools (WWS) Program is run by the Waste Authority to provide schools with support and resources to reduce waste to landfill.
For further information on the Waste Wise Schools Program contact the Waste Wise Schools Coordinator on 08 6364 6696 or send an email.
Switched on Schools
The Switched on Schools
initiative is run by Switch Your Thinking
and aims to celebrate sustainability actions undertaken in schools. As a Switch Your Thinking member, the City recognises and promotes the efforts of Switched on Schools within the area.
Parkwood Primary School Feature
Cr David Brown recognised Parkwood Primary School as a Switched on School for their efforts towards making their school more sustainable. Cr Brown, along with Jessie Parrish, from the Switch Your Thinking team, presented a Switched on School Award to acknowledge the hard work and determination of the teachers, students and parents. School initiatives include recycling, the establishment of student-led lunch time sustainability clubs, the creation of a veggie garden that supplies the canteen with healthy food, the effective use of composting and worm farm systems, the installation of solar panels and a frog pond. Cr Brown congratulated the school on modelling sustainable practices for other schools; the residents of Parkwood and the City of Canning and encouraged them to keep up the great work.
Young Re-Inventor of the Year initiative
Young people will solve problems and put their creativity to the test in this exciting initiative that encourages you to reuse, repurpose and upcycle before throwing away. The theme in 2019 is Plastic Pirates Ahoy! The idea is to collect plastic loot and re-invent it into something to be treasured.
This initiative opens in May and closes in October each year, the Young Re-Inventor of the Year initiative is run by Switch Your Thinking and funded by the Waste Authority through the Waste Avoidance and Resource Recovery Account. As a Switch Your Thinking member, individuals, community groups, primary and secondary schools and early learning centres within the City of Canning can apply for the initiative.
See examples of past entries here.
Little Green Steps Program
The City has forged a partnership with Little Green Steps WA (LGSWA), a non-for-profit program that supports education for sustainability in the early years. LGSWA are working within the City of Canning’s community networks as a sustainability resource and education provider to support childcare centres, preschools, playgroups, family day cares and after school early years educators to engage in education for sustainability in their local environments.
Cannington Early Learning Centre Feature
The Cannington Early Learning Centre is one of four early years services so far to embrace the City of Canning’s initiative to support a 2 bin composting system to reuse and recycle their food waste. ‘Creating a closed loop of nature recycling is not that difficult if you take little steps’ says Brigid Davis, the Sustainability Team Leader at the service.
Aishling Caffery, Centre Director was excited to share their sustainable journey so far and especially to highlight the new compost bins in action. The children add to the compost bins daily and watch the scraps turn into compost, which they then help educators spread into the garden. The centre grows its own veggies which are then used in their cooking and because they have set up a partnership with a community garden, the children extend their knowledge on how to best to care for their veggies. Even the toddler’s area with its narrow garden beds is contributing to nature recycling now.
‘Under LGSWA direction we have just obtained the tubing to set up our upcycled worm tubes from a local curtain shop’ says Aishling. The intention is for toddlers to take part as well as the older children and to begin the process of explaining the wonderful role of worms and compost creatures in this process. The team at Cannington Early Learning have collaboratively developed a sustainability management plan which provides the educators with shared motivation. ‘Our next goal is to encourage our families to become more sustainable by sharing our ideas with them’.
Other sustainable discussions and practices which Cannington Early Learning engage children in include:
Using bins with the correct colour lids in each room and observing how bins are used for recycling items
Limiting the use of electricity by observing an Earth hour each day where all lights are turned off.
Having different food scrap bins; for dog scraps (staff dogs), for the compost bin and for the worm farm.
Pouring children’s own reusable water bottles on the plants at the end of the day.
Reusing items, such as formula tins and milk cartons to plant seedlings in.
Finally Cannington Early Learning runs a regular community market, to encourage families to re-home some items and recycle other items from home to donate.
For further information on the Little Green Steps Program contact the Little Green Steps WA Education Officer, Megan Mentz, on 08 9231 0570 or send an email.
Early Childhood Sustainability Directory
The Early Childhood Sustainability Directory has been developed as a partnership between Little Green Steps WA, the City of Canning and the City of Armadale. The directory provides early childhood professionals with information about organisations that can support them to be more sustainable.
View the directory here.
Canning River Eco Education Centre
The Canning River Eco Education Centre (CREEC) partners with the Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions' Nearer to Nature program to deliver Australian curriculum outcomes to students across the primary and secondary sector, and has established considerable momentum within the school community in meeting student outcomes beyond the classroom.
CREEC is now well recognised by the school community as a key regional hub that fosters and facilitates important partnerships between schools, other education providers and local communities. CREEC has continued to enhance and develop the scope and quality of education excursion programs.
For further information contact the Canning River Eco Education Centre on 08 9461 7160 or send an email
For further details on any of the above items contact the City of Canning Sustainability Officer on 08 6229 4435 or send an email.
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