Plastic Free July

Plastic Free JulyPlastic Free July is recognised globally as an annual month of global action where individuals, businesses and governments come together to take action to reduce plastic waste, creating a social change movement. By sharing ideas, positive actions and stories of change, Plastic Free July helps people and organisations “choose to refuse” single-use plastic everyday. Last year, an estimated 140 million people worldwide took part in Plastic Free July. On average, participants reduced their household waste and recycling by 15kg per person. As part of the City’s ongoing efforts to reduce waste going into landfill and to protect the environment, the City has partnered with the Plastic Free July organisation to help the community take action to end plastic waste. There are plenty of workshops and webinars that residents can attend in the lead up to July, and during July to learn ways in which they can reduce the use of plastic:

Title of Workshop Date Location Time Register your attendance
How I Live a Plastic Free Life with Lindsay Miles Thursday 16 June Webinar 6.30pm – 8.00pm Register
Low Tox Life with Alexx Stuart Thursday 23 June Webinar 5.00pm – 5.45pm Register
Reducing Plastic in Everyday Living with Lindsay Miles Saturday 25 June Rob Baddock Community Hall, Kallaroo 10.00am – 11.30am Register
Waste Free Shopping with the Wasteless Pantry Saturday 2 July Sorrento Community Hall, Sorrento 10.00am – 11.30am Register
Plastic Free Living with Lindsay Miles Saturday 9 July Bramston Park Community Sporting Facility, Burns Beach 9.30am – 12.00pm Register

  To find out other ways that you can get involved in the Plastic Free July challenge, take a look at the Plastic Free July website. For more information on the events listed, please call 9400 4255.

History storytelling

Tales of Times Past

Tales of Times Past is a unique group of storytellers who are available to visit schools.

Storytellers offer a wonderful opportunity for students to hear tales from history drawn from the experiences of senior members of the community. They relate stories of:

  • Growing up in the earlier part of the last century
  • Changes in the environment, technology and society
  • Living through historical events, local and worldwide
  • The heritage of Wanneroo/Joondalup districts
  • Migration and settlement.

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Literacy for schools

Programs and opportunities

City of Joondalup Libraries have a range of programs and opportunities to assist teachers to meet the literacy requirements of the WA curriculum.

Children’s Book Week

Children’s Book Week is an annual program of events. It is a literary showcase of children’s authors, illustrators, storytellers, and workshop facilitators.

Display of school work

Showcase your students’ achievements to the broader community through public display.

Library Discovery Tours

Libraries actively collect resources that support school curricula and are available to conduct Library Discovery Tours for class groups or teaching staff on professional development days.

Story Time

Library staff can come to your classroom and run Story Time sessions on request or alternatively you can bring your students to the library for a dedicated session.

Better Beginnings for Kindergartens

Better Beginnings for kindergarten aged children is an exciting extension to the state-wide literacy program. Free Better Beginnings Kindy packs can be delivered to all kindergarten classes in the City of Joondalup.

  • Teachers must register their school’s participation online.
  • Librarians can visit local schools to deliver packs and conduct a Story Time session.
  • Librarians can visit local schools and talk to parents about literacy and services the Libraries offer.
  • Home-schoolers can contact the library to collect a pack.

Homework Help

Teachers and/or students can participate in a Homework Help information session about the services, online resources, study areas, and research assistance available through Joondalup Libraries.

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Adopt a bushland teaching resources

The Adopt a Bushland program is for students in years 4 to 7 to raise awareness of the ecological values of local bushland and learn bushland management skills such as weeding and litter collection. The program includes the following 2013 Australian curriculum aligned teaching resources.

Key Learning Area Teacher’s Guides Student Worksheets
The Importance of Bushland What is a Global Citizen? Years 4-7 Uses for Bushland and Human Impacts Years 4-7
Indigenous Heritage Values Welcome to Nyungar Country Years 4-7

The Nyungar Six Seasons Years 4-7

Welcome to Nyungar Country Years 4-7

The Nyungar Six Seasons Years 4-7

Weed Control Bushland Weeds Years 4-7 Bushland Weeds Years 4-5

Bushland Weeds Years 6-7

Bushland Weeds Vocabulary

Bushland Weeds

Litter Collection Litter Years 4-7 Litter Background Years 4-5

Litter Background Years 6-7

Litter Years 4-5

Litter Years 6-7

Litter Persuasive Writing Table

Biodiversity Who lives here? What do I eat? What are my feet used for? Years 4-5

Bushland Activities Years 4-7

Adaptations Years 4-6

Adaptations Teacher Information Years 4-6

Who lives here? Years 4-5

What do I eat? What are my feet used for? Years 4-5

So you want to be a twitcher? Years 4-7

Exploring Leaf Litter Years 4-7

Bushland Flora and Fauna Adaptations Years 4-6

Online safety for schools

Schools can promote online and cyber safety through raising awareness and encouraging responsible internet use among students.

The eSafety Commissioner

The eSafety Commissioner was established as the national point of cyber safety leadership, working with industry, government and not-for-profit organisations to provide innovative, scalable and sustainable online safety resources to children, parents, teachers and the wider community. Digital Citizenship classroom resources are also available.

As a Commissioner in the national and international arena, the Office has legislative powers enabling them to have material removed as soon as possible if considered unsuitable.


The ThinkUKnow program is driven by the Australian Federal Police and supported and promoted locally by WA Police and the City of Joondalup. Schools can arrange ThinkUKnow presentations from WA Police Officers from local policing teams by contacting WA Police Community Engagement.

Waste education

Avoid, Reduce, Reuse, Recycle, Recover

There are a couple of waste education opportunities for schools which are curriculum aligned and delivered by professional educators. Schools can access any of these programs:

  • The City of Joondalup’s sponsored Recycling Educator, Suez, deliver The Recoverables program. The Recoverables program is:
    • Free and presented by an experienced educator
    • Varies in duration depending on the lesson/s selected by the school
    • Adaptable for any age group from pre-school to Year 6
    • Suitable for groups of up to 35 students
    • Suez’s Waste Education Officer will visit schools and conduct the lesson/s in which the school has selected. For further information or to make a booking, contact the Suez Waste Education Officer on 0448 034 260.
  • The Waste Authority also offer the WasteSorted schools program.

Student outcomes

Linked to geography and science content descriptors and the sustainability cross curriculum priority in the Australian Curriculum. Key components covered include:

  • The importance of waste minimisation
  • What it means to: Avoid, Reduce, Reuse, Recycle and Recover
  • What happens to recyclables once collected
  • The importance of protecting the environment through changes in our everyday activities.

There are many other ways in which schools can be involved:

Keep up to date on what the City has available for schools by subscribing to the School Connections Newsletter.

For more information about what can go into your kerbside bins, please refer to the Waste Guide 2022-23 or the Waste Disposal Guide. Feel free to get in touch with the City’s Waste Education Officer on 9400 4077 if you would like any more information.