Educating for a sustainable future

Our vision is for an education as citizens who make a positive difference in contributing to a sustainable future.

Our most simple definition of sustainability at Cornish College is making a difference for a world where there is enough for all, forever.

We believe the best way to achieve our vision is to embed sustainability, in its widest form, within our curriculum. We do this through our ‘Rings of Sustainability‘.

In the context of learning at Cornish, the rings help us to embed a holistic approach to the understanding of big questions: the personal focuses on the individual, skills for living and wellbeing; socio-cultural examines beliefs, customs and practices; urban/technological takes an economic perspective; and natural an environmental perspective.

Our Submission:
 Australia’s Strategy for Nature (Draft) 2018 – 2030, Commonwealth of Australia 2017

One way to live our mission is to respond to requests for feedback on proposals that are integral to being able to have a sustainable future. And to give our students a voice in the policies that will affect them.

Image of nature mind map Our students, staff and parent community has taken part in the consultation for Australia’s Strategy for Nature (Draft) 2018 – 2030, Commonwealth of Australia 2017. They offered responses to key questions about natural sustainability and a critique of the Strategy to feed into the consultation process.

You can read our submission below and learn more about how Cornish College provides an important case study for others to learn how to authentically embed sustainability into all aspects of education.

We received a range of multimedia responses from our students as part of developing this submission that demonstrate what biodiversity means to them, why nature is important and what we are doing at Cornish College.  Some examples are included here.

VCE Environmental Science Students explain Biodiversity and why it is important:


ELC students show what nature means to them:





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