Our Community

The CERES School of Nature and Climate is the evolution of CERES’ education programs into a focused response to the climate and ecological crisis we are facing.

Learning Partnerships

Funding Partners

Our key funding partners include:

  • Sustainability Victoria
  • Department of Education and Training
  • Melbourne Archdiocese Catholic Schools
  • Merri-bek City Council
  • Lord Mayors Charitable Trust
  • Perpetual Trustees
  • Telematics Trust
  • Collier’s Foundation
  • Inner North Community Foundation

Deep and Enriching Friends and Partners

Our deep and enriching friends and partners include:

  • Environment Education Victoria
  • Port Phillip EcoCentre
  • Wurundjeri Woi-wurrung Cultural Heritage Aboriginal Corporation
  • Zoos Victoria
  • Cool Australia
  • Kids Teaching Kids

We also have many existing rich and wonderful partnerships that we want to continue to nourish including our Connecting the Dots Network and our partner programs for ResourceSmart Schools.

What is a Learning Partnership in our School?

CERES School of Nature and Climate is working on a learning partnership framework to enrich our learning experiences and to collaborate better with other organisations and people to make a difference in the upcoming critical decade. That said:

  • A learning partnership is a CERES collaboration with other people or parties to implement the vision of the School of Nature and Climate.
  • A learning partnership recognises the strengths and abilities of each partner and enhances them for the benefit of the partners and of the learner.

Partners come to the School of Nature and Climate with content, knowledge, skills, experience, networks, and a shared passion and vision for improved sustainability education, increased positive impact on our environment and furthering our reach into current and future communities with which we engage.

Our learning partners collaborate with us to foster a new and emerging culture within sustainability education that is unique to us. We are developing our own vision collaboratively, seeking new areas of knowledge and learning to enhance our learning community, and we’re shaping the future of what our School of Nature and Climate partnerships can achieve.

Purpose and Intention of a Learning Partnerships Framework

  • Map our School of Nature and Climate community, and to foster the important strategic partnerships to increase our capabilities, reach, and impact.
  • Develop partnerships, friendships, and collaborations for creating life changing learning experiences, greater impact, knowledge sharing and bringing magic and joy to our community.
  • Create a live database and engagement strategy of our friends, partners and stakeholders.
  • Create clear pathways for partners to collaborate with the School of Nature and Climate.
  • Measure and evaluate the impact of collaboration and working with others.
  • Effect positive change in relation to the Climate and Ecological Crisis.
  • Help people fall in love with the earth again.

From reviewing our partnerships we established that degree of engagement with others is either:

  • Early
  • Developing, or
  • Rich, deep and impactful.

We aim to strengthen key partnerships in the future to ensure positive environmental outcomes and better learning opportunities for students, CERES and partners.