Eastern Suburbs School Excursion Program

NEWS... New lessons to be piloted...

How would you like to try on of our three new, practical lessons to supplement your classroom teaching of your Stage 2 or 3 students? The lessons are directly linked to the NSW science curriculum. The details are below.

To book your FREE full day excursion and help us trial these new lessons, contact Fiona Campbell, Randwick Council's Sustainability Educator at [email protected]

Claim the cost of your bus hire by sending a school tax invoice to [email protected]


LESSON 1: Living World of Seeds — Stage 3

We explore the environment at the Randwick Environment Park and learn of ways that plants have adapted over time to cope with the hot, dry and windy conditions. We also investigate how we have adapted the local environment to grow organic food for people. Science skills learned include conducting fair tests related to seed germination, making predictions and measuring data. We will prepare seeds for germination using both wet and dry techniques.

The curriculum links for this lesson are: NSW Science Syllabus K-10 — Stage 3

  • students describe how structural features and other adaptations of living things help them to survive in their environment ST3-10LW
  • students describe some physical conditions of their environment and how these affect the growth and survival of living things ST3-11W
  • students investigate by posing questions, including testable questions, making predictions and gathering data to draw evidence-based conclusions and develop explanations ST3-4WS

Australian Science Syllabus — ACSSU043 — ACSSU094

NSW Mathematics — Computes, orders and calculate with fractions, decimals and percentages MA3-7NA.


LESSON 2: The Life Around Us — Stage 2

We’ll find out about the life cycle of worms and their role as decomposers. We demonstrate how to set up a worm farm to turn our food waste into garden fertiliser. At our new pond on our habitat trail, we’ll identify and document pond life. There, we’ll learn how rocks, logs and fallen branches can be used to make wildlife habitat. In the Randwick Environment Park, we’ll view the remnant Eastern Suburbs Banksia Scrub and learn how what we do in our homes can affect the survival of living things and investigate how this is being addressed.

The curriculum links for this lesson are: NSW Science Syllabus K-10
(incorporating Science and Technology K-6)

  • describes that living things have life cycles, can be distinguished from non-living things and grouped, based on their observable features ST2-10LW
  • describes ways that scientific knowledge helps people understand the effect of their actions on the environment and on the survival of living things ST2-11LW

Living things can be grouped on the basis of observable features and can be distinguished from non-living things. (ACSSU044) 

  • describes how people interact within built environments and the factors considered in their design and construction ST2-14BE.


LESSON 3: Where does our food come from? — Stage 1,2 or 3

With the ability to ask important questions about the food children eat we can help them make wise food choices that benefit their health, our farmers and our farm and natural environments. That's why we have a new lesson for your students in our schools' excursion program - 'Where does our food come from?'

Students will uncover the mystery of where our food comes from by learning how to be smart food shoppers. They will learn about packaging, transportation and the water used to make our food and get it into our shops.

Students will learn, once the garden has been started, how to maintain it, manage insect pests and to improve the soil with composting and mulching.

This is a full day program starting at 10:30am and finishing at 2:30pm with 1/2 hour for lunch.


Uncover the mysteries of sustainable living with your class at Randwick's Sustainability Hub by joining our School Excursion Program.

Come and be part of this innovative program available for Early Childhood, Stage One, Stage Two and Stage Three teachers and students from schools in Randwick City, and now, five places will be available for schools in each of the Waverley and Woollahra Council areas.

What is the cost of the excursion?

This school excursion program is FREE to schools in Randwick City and, we offer this program FREE to the first 5 schools in the Woollahra Council area and the first 5 schools in the Waverley Council area who make a booking in 2019.

Waverley and Woollahra schools that are not part of the first 5 schools to get their booking form in, can be placed on a waiting list if any cancellations arise.

Schools who book into this excursion program will be able to receive a refund on their bus transport invoice.

Steps in providing a tax invoice for bus reinbursment — include:

  • on your school letterhead, your schools ABN, address and contact details
  • banking details
  • invoice number
  • a copy of your bus receipt.

Address your Tax Invoice to Randwick City Council and forward to Randwick Council's Sustainability Education Officer.


How to book

Bookings should be made at least 2-3 weeks in advance.

We can cater for up to 2 classes on a Tuesday or Friday.

Booking form and information sheet are available at the bottom of this page as a pdf download. On this form, you will be able to choose the date and lesson your school would like to book in for. 

It is easy to book with these three simple steps:

Step 1 — Select lesson/s:

  • Early Childhood and Stage One: 
    - Energy: Hello Sun
    A sensory experience where students discover and experience light and shade. They will find out how we can use sunlight to make energy. Students will explore the garden to see how light affects plants. They plant a sun loving vegie seed and discover a variety of energy saving devices at the Randwick Education Hub.
    Through storytelling, games and demonstrations, students learn about the sun, light, shadows and shade and how they relate to plants, solar energy and cameras.
    Students will understand how they can make energy saving improvements at home and at school and appreciate the sun’s role in our world.
    - Water: Sounds like Water
    A sensory experience where students are introduced to the topic of water. They will participate in learning about water sounds throughout the Permaculture Garden’s Water Wise Trail. 
    In this interactive activity, students have fun with water and participate in our water orchestra. They learn the importance of water to their life and how to save water at home.
    - Biodiversity: Where does our food come from
  • Stage Two: 
    Water: Water our Resource 
    Come and experience our Water Our Resource lesson to discover more about water, its importance and how to conserve it.
    Students will take on the role of detectives to uncover several water mysteries such has how a rain garden works, how to keep a rainwater tank clean, how to create waterwise gardens and kitchens, how to use rainwater in the toilets and how water is used to make our food. 
    They will investigate and learn more about water saving devices and strategies while exploring the Water Wise Trail demonstrations at the Randwick Sustainabilty Hub.
    - Biodiversity: The Life Around Us
    - Biodiversity: Where does our food come from
  • Stage Three: 
    - Energy: Electricity Rocks
    Come and get practical in our Electricity Rocks lesson and learn how to make an electrical circuit and switches and check for the conductivity of materials.
    This lesson will explore the technologies and the mysteries of the wind and water turbines and solar panels. We will explore how to assess our energy use in the home and at school using simple testing kits. 
    - Biodiversity: Living World of Seeds
    - Biodiversity: Where does our food come from.

Curriculum links

The program involves onsite lessons developed to fit with the:

  • NSW syllabus for the Australian Curriculum Science and Technology K-6
  • Early Years Learning Framework.

Lessons are at Randwick Community Centre which has been transformed into the showcase Randwick Sustainability Hub.

Here you will see a range of energy and water efficient features as well as the productive Permaculture Interpretive Garden. The lessons we have developed use the features of the Hub and focus on a variety of science topics. 

Children and teachers together can discover energy and water saving technologies and how they can be part of your life.

Step 2  — Select a half day for full day option:

  • Half day — morning: arrive at 10:00am for a 10:30am to 12:30pm lesson (choose one lesson, bring morning tea)
  • Half day — afternoon: arrive at 12:00pm for a 12:30pm to 2:30pm lesson (choose one lesson, bring lunch)
  • Full day: arrive at 10:00am for 10:30am to 2:30pm lessons (choose 2 lessons, bring morning tea and lunch) — note a full day is only available on Monday or Fridays.

Step 3 — Complete fillable pdf booking form 

Download the booking form below, complete and return it to Fiona Campbell, Council's Sustainability Educator at [email protected]


Do you have a risk management plan for the school visit site?

Email Fiona Campbell at [email protected] for a copy of the Risk Management form.


What will students bring on the day?

  • healthy 'nude food' morning tea and lunch if you are on a full day program or on a half day afternoon program, there are no catering facilities available on site
  • hat and wet weather gear if needed, wear closed shoes and appropriate clothing.

The Randwick Sustainability Hub is a 'nude food' venue

Plan ahead with your students how to have a waste free healthy morning tea and picnic lunch.

Your nude food lunch containers can be:

  • paper wrap, brown paper recycled bags but no plastic bags or aluminium foil
  • reusable containers that get taken home and washed
  • lunch boxes that have lots of separate sections
  • forks and spoons that get washed and re-used but no plastic cutlery
  • drink bottles with water that can be reused each day.

We don't use these containers at the Hub for safety reasons:

  • glass bottles as they can be easily broken
  • aluminium and steel cans as they can't be resealed.

We'd appreciate if you wouldn't bring or create rubbish during your excursions.

Nude food ideas:


How can we provide feedback?

If you have any suggestions on how we can improve our school visit program or have suggestions to add more useful visits please email Leesa Burton at [email protected] for a copy of the feedback form.


Need more information?


Where is the Randwick Sustainability Education Hub?

Randwick Community Centre, 27 Munda Street Randwick.

Directions for bus drivers...

  • turn off Bundock Street into Hendy Avenue. This will take you through the new housing estate
  • then follow the dog-leg of Hendy Avenue
  • then turn then right into Marida Street and follow the road around to the Community Centre.

Site information...

  • there is adequate parking available for buses
  • there is disability access around the site
  • there is a toilet on site.


What to see

Experience the new sustainability displays and features at the Randwick Community Centre...


The Water Wise Trail

Using interpretive signage and interactive displays, the Water Wise Trail demonstrates water wise features at the Randwick Community Centre and Permaculture Interpretive Garden.

You will find:

  • a sustainable kitchen with water-efficient display and dishwasher
  • a range of rainwater tanks that feed rainwater into our toilets and irrigate the permaculture garden-this reduces reliance on town water
  • water wise irrigation features in the Permaculture Interpretive Garden
  • native, low water requirement garden in the Permaculture garden
  • reedbed toilet for recycling water through vegetation
  • Randwick Environment Park, which includes remnant Eastern Suburbs Banksia Scrub and wetland. There is an adjacent display illustrating catchment management and stormwater management issues.

The Energy Wise Trail

Interpretive signage is used around the Centre to describe the installed energy efficient technologies featured at the site.

You will find:

  • energy supply systems — 2.4kW wind turbine, 2.1kW photovoltaic solar panel, solar hot water system
  • passive design system — awnings, louvre window ventilation for cooling, retrofitting for the use of natural light including skylights,
  • active design system — fans for heating and cooling, gas heating, energy efficient appliances
  • a new classroom made mostly from repurposed materials with LED lights and passive solar design features on the northern face of the building.

The Permaculture Interpretive Garden

The garden has been designed to show many sustainable gardening features. These features are demonstrated using interpretive signage and interactive displays.

You will find:

  • a range of raised veggie beds
  • the beginnings of our food forest
  • a rain garden that is hooked up to the rainwater tank stormwater overflow
  • the compost and worm farm demonstration area
  • small space garden displays for courtyards and balconies including vertical gardens
  • aquaponic fish-veggie display
  • native garden including frog pond and lizard lounge
  • bush tucker plantings.


Looking forward to seeing your school at the 'Hub'

Our team at the Randwick Sustainability Hub look forward to showing you our innovative sustainability centre and inspiring your students to be more energy and water aware at school and at home.


This school excursion program was developed in 2011 by Randwick City Council and was supported by the NSW Government's Climate Change Fund.