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Governance program

We have developed a fun and interactive school program for students who are undertaking the Governance and Citizenship subject.

The program involves:

  • Your class visiting the Civic Centre
  • The Mayor and/ or a Councillor plus staff giving a presentation in our Council Chambers, speaking with students about local government and Council services.

We have a series of fact sheets and works sheets for the students to complement their experience and for use in the classroom.

At the completion of the program, all students receive a certificate and Council show bag.

If you would like your class to take part in one of the above options, please contact the Councillor Support Office on 9243 8846 to make a booking.

Fact sheets:

Work sheets:

Class activity:

Here is a video of Mayor Cr Andrea Surace showing primary school students how Council decisions are made on community issues, during a formal council meeting.

 

The below video shows the 2015 Rights of the Child Governance Forum where students from seven primary schools were able to learn first-hand about children’s rights and local government decision making.

Essendon Traffic School

Essendon Traffic School is a mini road set up for kids aged three to ten, complete with road signs, railway bells and traffic lights. It is a safe place for kids to practice riding their bicycles and learn about road rules. During the school term, education sessions are available in the morning or afternoons during weekdays. Classes are limited to a maximum of 30 children and must be accompanied by teachers.

Walking School Bus

The Walking School Bus is a fun, healthy and safe way for primary school-aged children to travel to and from school. The "bus" is not a real vehicle but a group of children who walk to school accompanied by two adult leaders (one "driver" and one "conductor"), picking up and delivering children at "bus stops" on the way to school. It aims to increase physical activity amongst children and reduce traffic congestion around schools.

Road Safety programs

Road safety education for pre-learner students is a three tiered process incorporating Keys Please (Year 10/15-16 year olds), Fit2Drive (Year 11/16-17 year olds) and Looking After Our Mates (Year 12) sessions. We can assist schools and sporting groups in organising these sessions. 

Work experience

We are working with local secondary schools to provide work experience placements for students. All work experience placements must be sponsored by an institution that is able to cover personal accident and public liability insurance.

Environment programs

We run several environment programs that your school can get involved with. 

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