Eastern Suburbs Sustainable Schools Network

Next meeting

Get an indepth understanding of the winning projects from last years awards. What worked, what didn't and any tips they have for other schools.

The Solar My School team will also be joining us with an opportunity for you to get help installing solar at your school.

When: Wednesday 22 Febuaury // 3.45 - 5.15

Where: Montessori East Primary School, 8 Wellington St, Bondi, 2026.

To book: esssn.eventbrite.com.au

Award winners 2016

Well done to all the schools and centres who entered into this year awards. We always love reading about your inspiring projects and this year’s entries didn’t disappoint.

Here is a snap shot of our winners. You can find out more about their projects at our February meeting, where you will have a chance to ask questions and pick their brains. You can also check out the awards presentation here for more detail.

Have a wonderful summer break, we look forward to working with you all in 2017.

Winner Early Childhood Centre Category

Family Day Care Sydney Wide (Randwick) - Bush Tucker Garden

  • The Bush Tucker Garden project is part of a wider program that explores local indigenous cultures at the centre
  • Six raised garden beds are looked after by children aged from 12 months to 3 years old
  • Recycled bush rocks used
  • Children helped plant the seedlings and are learning to care for them
  • Learning about the cycle of growing and food production

Winner Primary School Category

Clovelly Public School - Waste Warriors

  • Waste Warriors is an SRC initiative that has been recently implemented school-wide
  • Students carry out waste and energy audits
  • Rewards system for students who clean up the playground and recycle
  • Raised funds at a World Environment Day event and held a Fossil Fuel-Free Friday for Earth Hour
  • Mobile phone recycling collection

Winner High School Category

Rose Bay Secondary College - Hardy Street Harvest

  • Hardy Street Harvest is a project undertaken by students with special needs
  • Students maintain a 7-bed worm farm and sell worm tea in reused milk bottles
  • Funds raised by selling worm tea were used to create a herb and vegetable garden
  • Garden is maintained by the children and the produce is sold, generating more funds for the project

Winner Student Leadership Category

Montessori East - Green Gradz

  • Green Gradz is a Year 6 student initiative aimed to raise funds to support a Thai orphanage 
  • Students worked at an orphanage in Thailand and recognised the need to fund more teachers
  • Students formed an organic fruit & vegetable distribution business, with the help of parents
  • Students order, receive and divide food into boxes that are sold to the community
  • The monthly profits of the business pays the salary of a Thai teacher

Winner Judge’s Award Category

Maroubra Bay Public School - Recycling Reprogramming

  • Recycling Reprogramming is a waste initiative by the SRC to address the misuse of rubbish bins across the school
  • SRC students wanted to put REDUCE REUSE RECYCLE high on the school’s agenda
  • The students developed a cost plan and are conducting an education program across the school
  • Students undertook a fundraising initiative to pay for recycling upgrades
  • The campaign gained momentum across the school featuring in the newsletter and school assembly

About the ESSSN network

The Eastern Suburbs Sustainable Schools Network (ESSSN) welcomes local parents,  teachers and early childhood educators wanting to network and share ideas about school sustainability.

The Network is coordinated between WaverleyWoollahra and Randwick Councils, who plan the meetings, organise guest speakers and workshop activities. The Council’s work in a variety of ways to support early learning centres, through to high schools to implement real life sustainability learning. If you want to be kept informed about upcoming meetings make sure you are on your Councils contact list by emailing the relevant Council your details. Council contact information is below.

At the end of each school year, the ESSSN hold the Sustainable School Awards, where schools and early learning centres are rewarded for their outstanding sustainability achievements.


Claim teacher professional learning accreditation for attending meetings

DEC teachers who attended our ESSSN meetings can now log in through their DEC portal and register for two hours of accredited professional learning. As long as you turn up and sign in you will be accredited.

DEC teachers can apply through MyPL on Course Code: NR09055 for one hour, with Event ID: 100606 under DEC course 'Sustainability Networks'.

Childcare is no longer available at the meetings, but you are welcome to bring your children along if you need to. 


Council contacts

Feel free to get in contact if you have any questions or ideas about the Network.