GreenWay Primary Schools Sustainability Program

There are 22 primary schools and 6 secondary schools and colleges located along the GreenWay corridor and catchment. As a local model of urban sustainability, the GreenWay is an excellent learning resource and outdoor classroom for students of all ages.

Stage 2 Local Area Walking Excursion Quiet PatchThe GreenWay Primary Schools Sustainability Program has been developed over several years by the GreenWay Team working in collaboration with local primary school teachers, sustainability staff from the four GreenWay councils and staff from the Dept. of Education and Communities and NSW Sustainable Schools.

The Program offers Inner West primary school students the opportunity to explore their local urban environment and learn about sustainability in a fun and interactive way through a series of in-class and outdoors activities.

 

The Program

  • Offers a choice of five GreenWay Local History and Environment Walks, each of  which provides students with an authentic, local learning experience in an outdoor classroom setting;
  • Provides Stage 2 teachers with a Workbook of 15 cross-curriculum activities,  targeting key learning areas such as literacy and numeracy, whilst helping students to develop a greater awareness of  local environmental and sustainability issues;
  • Activities are linked to the Curriculum and Outcomes for Stage 2 Key Learning Areas (KLAs) including Creative Arts, Human Society and Its Environment (HSIE), Mathematics, Personal Development, Health and Physical Education (PDHPE) and Science and Technology (SciTech).
  • The Program is tailor made to integrate the new cross curriculum priority of sustainability into the NSW syllabus subjects of English, Science and History

 

Development of the Program

The core elements of the Program were developed over a 10 year period by staff and parents at Kegworth Public School, Leichhardt. In 2010 the NSW Environmental Trust funded GreenWay Urban Sustainability Project established a GreenWay Schools Reference Group comprising Inner West primary school teachers, sustainability staff from the four GreenWay councils (Leichhardt, Marrickville, Ashfield and Canterbury), community representatives and staff from the Dept. of Education and Communities and NSW Sustainable Schools. 

Kegworth pile of mobile phonesThe Group developed  five  GreenWay Local History and Environment walks and commissioned Judith Rossi, an experienced primary school curriculum writer, to develop a comprehensive teachers Workbook.  During 2011 the Program was successfully piloted in three Inner West primary schools - Summer Hill Public School, Ashbury Public School and Kegworth Public School. The Program has been positively evaluated by the GreenWay Schools Reference Group, the NSW Dept. Education and Communities funded  Observatory Hill Environmental Education Centre and an independent evaluator.

In 2012, the Program received a Commendation Award from the NSW Commission for Children and Young People for involving children and young people in planning our cities for the future. Also in 2012, the Program was accredited by the NSW Institute of Teachers for use in a registered training course for primary-school teachers wishing  to use their local environment to teach students about sustainability. 

 

The GreenWay Primary Schools Sustainability Program

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The GreenWay Team secured a NSW Environmental Education Trust Grant to fund the implementation of this exciting and innovative  sustainability education program in schools along the GreenWay.  

Primary schools along the GreenWay are invited to register for the Program.

To find out more please download the flyer here.

You can view or download the Teachers Workbook here.

You can view the latest Curriculum Framework here

Contacts 

If you would like more information on the GreenWay Primary Schools Sustainability Program please contact:-

Nick Chapman, GreenWay Place Manager mob 0417 402 043, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Glen Halliday, A/Principal, Observatory Hill Environmental Education Centre ph (02)9247 7321, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

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Arts and Community Images

RIDE THE GREENWAY YOUR WAY!

A skater captured his trip along the GreenWay starting from Leichhardt through to Iron Cove then back to Lewisham in Sydney's Inner West. Video created by Bo Yuan and Tim Hans.   GreenWay Map below created by Benjamin Salmon.

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Welcome to the GreenWay website!

 The GreenWay is an urban green corridor in Sydney's Inner West. It is a bush corridor and a hub for community arts and groups, bushcare, walking and cycling. The GreenWay Community is maintaining a campaign to build an off-road shared path from the Cooks River to Iron Cove.  This trail was to be built as part of the Inner West Light Rail Extension but was deferred by the state government. As an interim measure we have marked out an alternative route to help people travel along the corridor.  

This website is a portal to all GreenWay related activities in the catchment. Get involved in the site - register and add community events, send us resource materials, and add comments.  With your feedback we will continue to improve and evolve this site - let us know what you think!

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