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Student Environment Leadership Program (SELP) 

Year Level
Years 3-10, Staff

Delivery
3 – 4 x 1 hr sessions
(at your school or via Zoom)
OR
Full day summit
(with multiple schools)

Cost
Dependent on school region
+ program option

The Student Environment Leadership Program (SELP) is available for booking and can be delivered online or face to face.

SELP is designed to let students’ inner leader shine and help them develop and deliver sustainability projects. When paired with a staff professional learning workshop, teachers can help to empower students to become sustainability leaders by tapping into their interests, talents and skills. 

Session Types

There are three SELP options you can book:

  1. 4-hour Incursion
  2. 4-hour Incursion and Staff Professional Learning workshop, and / or
  3.  1-day Student Summit. 

This SELP program is suitable for students Years 3 – 10. 

A CERES Student Programs educator will guide students through leadership training, problem solving, research and completion of an energy, water, biodiversity or waste audit. 

Your incursion will include 4 x 1-hour sessions (in-person) or X3 1-hour sessions (online), structured as follows:  

  • Learn about current social and environmental issues and solutions (e.g. climate change, habitat loss and or pollution). 
  • Explore personal and social capabilities 
  • Participate in group discussions and hands-on activities 
  • Complete an audit to find out what’s happening at your school. 
  • Explore student voice, agency and leadership by creating an action plan to create change at school. 
  • Design and build a project to improve sustainability at school (e.g. an insect hotel). 

Curriculum links: Science, Geography, Design and Technologies, Critical and Creative Thinking and Personal and Social Capabilities.

Location: At your school or via Zoom

Cost: If your school is located in the following Council areas Hume, Manningham, Moreland and Whitehorse or if you are from a regional area in Victoria (outside of metro-Melbourne) you may be eligible for one FREE incursion program. Contact us to find out more.

***If you are a ResourceSmart school, these sessions will also help you work towards completing your modules and stars

This program option is made up an Incursion for Year 3 – 10 students, with an additional 1-hour Staff Professional Learning Workshop Component. 

Incursions

Suitable for Years 3 – 10, a CERES Student Programs educator will guide students through leadership training, problem solving, research and completion of an energy, water, biodiversity or waste audit. 

Your incursion will include 4 x 1-hour sessions (in-person) or X3 1-hour sessions (online), structured as follows:  

  • Learn about current social and environmental issues and solutions (e.g. climate change, habitat loss and or pollution). 
  • Explore personal and social capabilities 
  • Participate in group discussions and hands-on activities 
  • Complete an audit to find out what’s happening at your school. 
  • Explore student voice, agency and leadership by creating an action plan to create change at school. 
  • Design and build a project to improve sustainability at school (e.g. an insect hotel). 

Curriculum links: Science, Geography, Design and Technologies, Critical and Creative Thinking and Personal and Social Capabilities.

Staff Professional Learning Workshop

The face to face or online teacher PL will focus on student leadership, voice and agency and improved students learning outcomes linked to sustainability activities in the classroom and school grounds. The professional development workshop is led by a CERES Teacher Programs Educator. Staff are engaged in a planning session directly linked to the results of student audits and staff questionnaires.

Your PL will include a 1-hour workshop, structured as follows:  

  1. Exploring student voice, agency and leadership 
  2. Examining student wellbeing and sustainability
  3. Action planning for further embedding of voice, agency and leadership through a sustainability lens
  4. Exploring student recommendations and analysing audit results
  5. Brainstorming curriculum and creating whole school improvements in sustainability

Program Details

  • Location: At your school or via Zoom
  • Cost: If your school is located in the following Council areas Hume, Manningham, Moreland and Whitehorse or if you are from a regional area in Victoria (outside of metro-Melbourne) you may be eligible for one FREE incursion program. Contact us to find out more.
  • ***If you are a ResourceSmart school, these sessions will also help you work towards completing your modules and stars

Suitable for Years 3 – 10 

The Summit is a full day of interactive activities, discussions and planning. With multiple schools in attendance it is a great opportunity for young leaders to connect and be inspired by their peers from a diverse range of backgrounds.

At these Summits students will investigate key sustainability themes, build on or create a new action plan for their school, present a sustainability project and celebrate their work completed through the optional SELP incursions.

Your students will:

  • Explore what a leader means to them.
  • Develop personal and social capability skills.
  • Learn about human impacts on natural environments.
  • Prepare an action plan for an environmental project.
  • Conduct student led audits to measure energy, waste, water or biodiversity.
  • Workshop ideas for taking action in the community.
  • Learn how to plan and develop successful projects through communication, behaviour change and collaboration.

Location: At your school or one of the other schools in attendance.

Cost: Please contact us at studentprograms@ceres.org.au for pricing details.
You may be eligible to participate for FREE (limited to 10 students per school). Provided that your school is located in the following Council areas Hume, Manningham, Moreland and Whitehorse or your school is located in a regional area in Victoria (outside of metro-Melbourne). Contact us to find out if you’re eligible.

“Our school participated in the council funded schools environmental leadership program and both the student event and staff PL provided some fantastic directions for where we want to see improvements in our footprint and general practices, as well as looking at how we can influence the wider community to follow suit, largely under the direction of student interest. All the activities were engaging and worthwhile, and delivered by people who clearly knew their stuff! I’d like to thank CERES, Moreland Council and Resource Smart Schools for providing this great opportunity to build on our journey towards greater sustainability”

– John Hughes: Sustainability Co-ordinator, Oak Park Primary School.

Bethal Primary School has recently been involved in a Staff PL and Student Incursion for our RSS Water Module. The Staff PL provided us with a great opportunity to reflect on our professional practice and collaboratively brainstorm a range of great ideas for our 2021 planning. Our facilitator Leah shared a range of valuable resources and information with us and was very engaging. All staff walked away with a new level of enthusiasm. The students involved in the incursion had a fantastic time learning about the water cycle, problems with our water supply and water usage around the world. The activities, including a Kahoot!, school water audit and recyclable bag making, were very engaging and our facilitator Tom had a fantastic rapport with the students – even via Zoom. The information presented to the students was easy for them to understand and relate to, which had a big impact on their learning and understanding.

Jacqui Micallef

While not a face-to-face incursion, you will have an expert educator working remotely to deliver SELP. These online sessions come with a school teacher guide and instructions for activities to do before and after your webinars.

How the virtual SELP will run:
  • We use Zoom Video Conferencing to deliver virtual learning sessions
  • The session will open 10 minutes before the scheduled start
  • Q & A will be left open for students to communicate with CERES educators during the webinar
What you’ll receive:
  • You will be sent a unique URL a week prior to the session to be shared with participating students
  • A school teacher guide, including instructions for optional activities to do before and after your webinar
What you need for the session:
  • Tablet or mobile device – download the free Zoom app
  • PC, laptop or smartboard – allow the Zoom extension file download request
  • For in-school student webinars, we recommend one smartboard and a minimum of 1 device per 3 students

For more information and pricing details, please contact the Education Bookings Team education@ceres.org.au

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