Northern Beaches Cluster
Sustainable School Communities Project
The Sustainable School Communities Project is an initiative of the Northern Beaches Cluster of the Broken Bay Catholic School Parents. Here you will find information about this project, events for parents, sustainability grants that your school or parent team can apply for as well as useful websites for your school community to start or continue their journey towards being a more environmentally friendly community.
Laudato Si' - On Care of our Common Home
Pope Francis’ last encyclical published in May 2015, ‘Laudato Si' – Praise be to you, On care of our common home’ was a call out to all people to care for our common earth in line with our Catholic Values.
Learn about Laudato Si' by watching this video:
The Season of Creation
The Season of Creation is a time for Christians to celebrate all creation and is held from the 1st September until 4th October. Broken Bay Catholic School Parents will use this time to reflect on all we do as school communities to care for our common home as well as host and support some great events. Please encourage your school to use this time to showcase all they are doing to be more sustainable and environmentally friendly.
UN Sustainable Development Goals
The UN Sustainable Development Goals were set in 2015. The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, adopted by all United Nations Member States in 2015, provides a shared blueprint for peace and prosperity for people and the planet, now and into the future. At its heart are the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), which are an urgent call for action by all countries - developed and developing - in a global partnership. They recognise that ending poverty and other deprivations must go hand-in-hand with strategies that improve health and education, reduce inequality, and spur economic growth – all while tackling climate change and working to preserve our oceans and forests.
To learn more about these goals, please visit:
Did you know that every key learning area in the NSW Curriculum has sustainability embedded in it? 21st Century learning must provide students with skills so they can:
· explore and investigate their world.
· propose actions needed to maintain and improve their environment.
· take action for a more sustainable future.
What are schools already doing?
St Mary's, Manly - Environment Showcase:
St Mary's are leading the way with their sustainability initiatives!
Above: St Mary's Principal, Paul McGuire and Year 6 Environment Leadership Team talk to parents about their initiatives.
Above: St Mary's students show parents their school garden they have been working hard on.
Above: St Mary's easy recycling system
Above: St Mary's Stingless Bee Hive
Eco Schools Grant
All registered schools in NSW are eligible to apply. Projects working primarily with students with special needs are encouraged.
Eco School Projects who won grants
Talk to your local council as they may have a grant program
Office of Environment and Heritage Education Resources
Little Penguins: The little penguin is the only penguin species that breeds on the Australian mainland. Currently, the only known mainland breeding colony in NSW is in a secluded cove in the Manly area of Sydney Harbour. This colony has been declared an endangered population.
Sustainable Schools NSW