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Schools Environment Program

Schools Environment Program

Cessnock Councils Schools Environment Program consists of:

  • Regular newsletters throughout the year.
  • Assistance in undertaking school audits for energy, water, biodiversity and waste.
  • Schools grants program offering grants of up to $500 each per year.
  • Assistance with other grant and award submissions.
  • Providing plants and assistance for National Tree Day.

For more resources, events and contacts also see the NSW Governments Sustainable Schools website. If you have any questions please contact Michelle Lindsay (on 4993 4203) or Trish Donnelly (on 4993 4239) or you can e-mail .

School Environment Grants

The grants for 2017-18 have closed and been distributed.

Projects funded previously include vegetable, sensory, bush tucker and native gardens; chicken coups; watering systems; composting and waste systems; and bird habitats. You could also apply for energy or water saving projects, competitions (such as the electric vehicle competition), excursions and teacher relief time or teacher training (such as attending a conference or course).  

Teachers’ Environment Network Meeting

An opportunity for teachers working on environmental and sustainability programs and themes talk to their peers and share ideas and experiences. Held once each term (usually in week 3 or 4) at a different host school, the meetings also attract professional learning hours. To find out about the next meeting details and to RSVP click here.

Threatened Species Teachers Resource Kit

The Lower Hunter Valley Threatened Species Teacher Resource Kit  aims to promote awareness of, and increase involvement in, threatened species conservation in the Lower Hunter Valley area of NSW. It promotes experiential learning in the study of local threatened species through field work and other research such as surveying, mapping and computer activities. It targets school students and teachers but could also be used to help develop appropriate knowledge, skills, attitudes and practices in other groups and the broader community.

The Kit was specifically designed for primary schools in the Cessnock and Maitland Local Government Areas of the Lower Hunter Valley. It could also be used by schools in other areas with reference to their own local threatened species.



Term 1,  2017 Environment Newsletter


Term 1, 2016 Teachers Environment Newsletter 

Term 2, 2016 Teachers Environment Newsletter


Term 1, 2015 Teachers Environment Newsletter

Term 2, 2015 Teachers Environment Newsletter

Term 3, 2015 Teachers Environment Newsletter

Term 4, 2015 Teachers Environment Newsletter


Term 1, 2014 Teachers Environment Newsletter

Term 2, 2014 Teachers Environment Newsletter

Term 3, 2014 Teachers Environment Newsletter