Sustainability at Solway

Solway Primary School recognizes the importance of becoming a sustainable school for the benefit of the planet’s environmental health. Our goal is to manage resources efficiently and integrate sustainable practices by educating and motivating the whole school community to live more sustainably.  The school is proud to announce its award as the City of Boroondara’s 2012 Sustainable School of the Year!


We joined the ResourceSmart Australian Sustainable Schools Initiative (AuSSI Vic) program in 2008. This program helps schools and students to actively build sustainability into the fabric of every day school and community life. We achieved our first star accreditation in Curriculum and Core Module in 2009. Since then the School Community has worked hard to meet the AuSSI Vic Program targets and in June 2012 we were awarded 5 Star Accreditation. We are one of only sixteen schools in Victoria to have reached 5 Star status.



Level 4 students enjoying a Revegetation Planting Day at Yarra Bend

To achieve 5 Star Accreditation Solway has met benchmarks in the following:


  • Curriculum and Core Module – successful integration of Sustainability into the curriculum via alternating Inquiry units of Sustainability and Environment, including excursions, construction of Eco-towns, Solar Powered Boat project, Kitchen Garden Program for Preps.

  • Biodiversity & School Grounds – improvement in our habitat ratio to meet the AuSSI Vic benchmark; participation in National Tree Planting Day (focussing on Indigenous Natives), MasterClass Gardening Program and proactive Working Bees (to maintain a healthy habitat).

  • Waste – we have met the benchmark of 0.3m3 of landfill per student per year. Activities include the installation of 3 Waste Stations in the school grounds, classroom Waste Stations, productive worm farms and compost bins and improved management of green waste from our Working Bees.

  • Water – the installation of 2 water tanks in 2008 (50,000L) and 2009 (25,000L) which feed the student toilet blocks and the Kitchen Garden. Dual flush toilets are operating in the student toilets and 3 water efficient Aqua Bubblers have been installed in the school grounds.

  • Energy – 44 photovoltaic solar panels were installed in 2009 which have helped us reach our benchmark of reduced energy consumption. Future switches have been introduced in all classrooms, as well as energy efficient lighting. Student designed ‘Switch Off” signage is displayed throughout the school.

Our 5 Star Accreditation has been achieved through the collaborative effort of our School Leadership Team, teachers, students and parents. Our Environment Captains, together with their team, are active in promoting initiatives, programs and competitions throughout the school, and the value of living sustainably to the wider school community.


Winning Solway students with their Bursary Award Certificates for the 2010 Science Talent Search Topic of Biodiversity


For further information about Sustainability, please refer to the below websites:





Sustainability @ Solway


Watch our 3 minute film to see what exciting sustainable initiatives we have at Solway Primary.

This short film has a script and soundtrack created by the students of Solway Primary School.  It documents the sustainability journey and shows the steps you take to become a leading 5 star rated primary school in Victoria, Australia. Enjoy watching the kids introduce you to the Principal, teachers, student leaders, parents and preppies and hear how excited they are about the school's sustainability initiatives.  The film is 15 minutes in length and was filmed in 2012.