Schools & Early Learning

Schools & Early Learning

Penrith and Hawkesbury Environmental Educators Network

PHEEN is a network for people who work with students and other school aged youth in the Hawkesbury and Penrith regions, and have an interest in sustainability and the environment. It provides an opportunity to network with other like minded people, get inspiration, hear about helpful resources, learn about professional development opportunities, and connect with local environmental education centres, community groups, and councils. PHEEN meets each quarter, we email out a quarterly newsletter and other information when it comes available. If you'd like to learn more about PHEEN or keep in touch, please contact us on 4732 7983 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Sustainable Times schools newsletter

Council publishes our schools newsletter, the Sustainable Times, each term for schools in the Penrith and Hawkesbury regions. It includes information like new teaching resources, grant funding opportunities, programs that schools can participate in and so on. To view past issues please click on the links below. To be added to our contact list please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

2017

One Tree Per Child

OTPC is a program developed by Jon Dee, former Australian of the year and founder of National Tree Day and supported by Olivia Newton-John, Kevin McCloud and Costa Georgiadis as ambassadors. Its aim is to “enable as many children as possible to plant a tree and see it grow in their town or city”.

In 2016, Council in collaboration with OTPC delivered thousands of trees to families with children in local childcare centres.

As part of the program, a series of curriculum resources were developed: