Curriculum and Core Module


Sustainability is an intrinsic part of our teaching and learning at Solway and we have successfully integrated it into the curriculum by having alternating Inquiry Units of ‘Sustainability’ and ‘The Environment’ at all school levels. In addition, we run a well established Kitchen Garden program teaching the cycle of planting, growing, harvesting, cooking and recycling of our waste products. Each year we educate the Preps about the benefits of worms in our gardens in our ‘Learn about Worms’ session.

Annually, many Solway students participate in the Victorian Science Talent Search. This competition fits closely with the VELS philosophy of teaching and learning. There is a close match between many STS sections and VELS strands, domains and dimensions.  

In 2012, the theme was ‘Sustainability and our Environment’. Students enthusiastically presented their innovative designs to the school community in May this year at our school Science Talent Search night.

In May 2012, the Solway Environment Team visited Alphington Primary School to share ideas about Sustainability. Here the students discuss how Kitchen Gardens in schools can benefit the environment and learning.

The 2012 Solway Environment Captains have worked hard to set up a Sustainability Communications Board in the school grounds. Together with the Environment Monitors, they are responsible for many aspects of Sustainability at Solway, including school newsletter articles, assembly presentations, classroom demonstrations and helping to manage and measure our different waste streams.

Level 3 celebrated World Environment Day 2012 by collecting natural fallen materials from the school grounds and creating wonderful “Enviro Day Creatures”.