Welcome to Kids Teaching Kids
Kids Teaching Kids is an education model that uses local environmental issues as a theme for learning. Kids Teaching Kids starts in the classroom and extends into the community through the Kids Teaching Kids Learning Model and Program. We know kids are prepared to take up the challenges of saving our environment when we give them responsibility to manage their own learning through the Kids Teaching Kids Learning Model.
More than 66,000 students in hundreds of schools around Australia have been involved in Kids Teaching Kids – click here to learn more…
Location: Urrbrae Wetlands, Cross Road Netherby SA
Date and Time: 4.15pm - 5.30pm, Monday 20th May 2013
Location: Clarence Community Centre, 72-74 East Ave, Black Forest
Date and Time: 4.15pm - 5.30pm Tuesday 21st May 2013
Location: Mandurah Sustainable Home, 18 Grandmere Parade, Meadow Springs WA
Date and Time: 3.45pm - 5.15pm, Monday 20th 2013
Location: Baldivis Primary School, 214 Fifty Road, Baldivis WA
Date and Time: 3.45pm - 5.15pm Tuesday 21st May 2013
Location: Parks Victoria, 44 Hinton Street, Rosebud Vic
Date and Time: 4.00pm - 5.15pm, Monday 3rd June 2013
Location: Rosebery Middle School, cnr Forrest Parade and Belyuen Road, Rosebery NT
Date and Time: 3.30pm - 5.00pm, Thursday 30th May 2013
National Centre for Groundwater Research and Training Short Film Competition - $3,000 Travel and Registration and Assistance
Are you a regional or interstate school wanting to participate in the 2013 Melbourne Water Kids Teaching Kids Conference but lack the funds? Are you interested in learning more about Groundwater? Do you have a film making device? If you answered yes to those questions then you could be in the running for a cash prize of $3,000 to contribute to the travel and registration costs of participating in the 2013 Melbourne Water Kids Teaching Kids Conference. The inaugural National Centre for Grounwater Research and Training Short Film Competition opens NOW and closes Wednesday 29th May 2013. Find out more on the flyer attached or email
for more information.
Welcome to our new staff Kids Teaching Kids Senior Project Manager
We’re hugely proud to welcome Glenn Singleton as our newly appointed Senior Project manager for kids teaching kids. Glenn is also very excited to be joining the Kids Teaching Kids team and to be part of a program that lights the spark to build passion for the environment in young individuals. Glenn’s personal mission is to “decrease man’s impact on herself/himself” whether that is from a personal/population health prospective or a global living planet prospective. Glenn believes strongly in the education of individuals and arming them with the skills, knowledge and passion to individually improve their lives and their local environment. Developing the next generation of leader’s especially in the environmental field is a great fit for Glenn professionally and personally.
Glenn will be responsible for the Melbourne Water Kids Teaching Kids Conference, overall sponsor relations, business management and even some elements of the Target Kids Teaching Kids Week.
Kids Teaching Kids Wellbeing Program, New in 2013
For over a decade Kids Teaching Kids has been working with schools, local councils and organisations to support students to bring about positive environmental change in their local communities. The Kids Teaching Kids Methodology - whilst using the natural environment as a theme for learning - has always been about wellbeing; fostering resilience, empathy and caring amongst young people. In 2013 Kids Teaching Kids will pilot up to four Wellbeing Kids Teaching Kids Week Events as part of Target Kids Teaching Kids Week, 9-13th September. With the support of Australia Post, event hosts will be eligible to receive up to $3300 to become involved in the Wellbeing Kids Teaching Kids Program.
If your school has an existing Wellbeing Program and you would like to extend this content to student-led workshops through the Kids Teaching Kids Learning Model, please contact us on 03 9329 3736 or email
Pilot Kids Teaching Kids Program Wellbeing Program Information for Schools and Hosts
Pilot Kids Teaching Kids Program Wellbeing Program $3300 Grants Application
Choosing a Health and Wellbeing Presentation
Target Kids Teaching Kids Week TV ad
Check out our latest Target Kids Teaching Kids Week television commercial straight from the production studio http://youtu.be/t0Xa1lDGXtM.
Huge thanks to everyone who auditioned for the commercial. We saw many fantastic audition tapes and it was very difficult for the production team to decide but eventually they settled on Britney Penpraze, Leah Beech, James Tucker, Ava Coughlin, Kevin Vo, Riley Burns, Riley Orange and Katie Saywell.
Special thanks to John Forrester and Anthony Sabatino, two fantastic teachers who went above and beyond supporting students and the Kids Teaching Kids team to get everything organized for the shoot.’
Check out the 2012 Melbourne Water International Kids Teaching Kids Conference in pictures, with special thanks to all of our delegates, performers, speakers, sponsors and volunteers.
2012 Melbourne Water International Kids Teaching Kids Conference
The 2012 Melbourne Water International Kids Teaching Kids Conference welcomed over 680 students from all over Australia to Melbourne for three days of peer teaching and hands-on activities designed to inspire young people Australia wide to take action on the issues that are important to them. Students from every state and territory, from cities and rural towns, taught each other about what they had learnt on their environmental journeys into a topic that they had personally chosen, researched and put together as an interactive 40 minute workshop. Topics included but were not limited to: waterway health, reducing plastic waste, wetland habitat, suburban growth and the effects on wildlife, sustainable farming and water conservation, groundwater, bird migration and the reliance on waterways, vertical schools, and the environmental impacts of the fashion industry. While seemingly broad in range they all linked to the conference theme of Catchment to Coast in some way.
A highlight of the opening session was having a representative from each of the 70 schools present their Waterways Warrior shield to the rest of the delegation. In addition to the incredible student lead workshops students also enjoyed spectacular student main stage presentations, celebrity guests and performers and meeting both the Minister for Education, Martin Dixon, and Minister for Climate Change and Environment, and Youth Affairs, Ryan Smith. Both Ministers commented on how important the conference and the 4 – 6 month lead up program is in developing confident and resilient young people who will lead their generation in creating a bright and sustainable future for Australia.
Special guests at the Gala Dinner included ABC3 presenter Kayne Tremills, Olympian Victoria Brown, Before the Games’ Samantha Lane and Triple J Unearthed High 2012 Winner Asta. It was a night of dancing, socialising and celebrating the achievements of every conference participant.
Stay tuned for 2013 Kids Teaching Kids Conference dates coming soon. Registration for next year’s conferences will open in February 2013.
Congratulations to everyone who took part in Australia Post Kids Teaching Kids Week 2012!
What a sensational week it was! Over 10,000 students from all over Australia took part, sharing their passion for the environment and teaching one another just how easy and fun it can be to live sustainably.
We have learnt so much from all of you and we would like to say a huge thank you to all of the students and teachers who have put their hearts into making it such a fantastic week! We would also like to thank all of the mentors and sponsors who made running these events possible.
As Kids Teaching Kids Week is an annual event, we would love to see you all again next year for Kids Teaching Kids Week 2013 (Monday 9 September – Friday 13 September 2013)!
The big countdown is on for Australia Post Kids Teaching Kids Week
With Australia Post Kids Teaching Kids Week just around the corner there are now over 500 schools and over 10,000 students taking part in what is going to be our biggest Kids Teaching Kids Week yet!
Events will take place in every state and territory this year and topics will range from sustainable energy to food miles and everything in between!
One of the schools taking part is Corinella Primary School who have been working with the Lachlan Catchment Management Authority to run their conference based on the National Year of the Farmer. Their conference will bring together students from the local schools across the Lachlan Catchment to talk about sustainable farming and how they can reduce their environmental impact.
With such an incredible array of topics and ideas being shared, it is set to be a magnificent week!Check out the registered school map found here to find out more about events.
LCMA link: http://www.lachlan.cma.nsw.gov.au/calendar/event.asp?ContentID=event1881
“Corinella students preparing for their Australia Post Kids Teaching Kids Week Event”
Australia Post Kids Teaching Kids Week Registration and Grant Applications Close Soon
Australia Post Kids Teaching Kids Week registrations will close Sunday 15th July. So if you have been thinking about hosting an event, now is the time to get your registration in. Head to this section of our website to register or contact Michelle Sanders on 03 9329 3736 or
Applications for $550 Australia Post Cluster Event Grants and $330 Teacher Relief Funding Grants will close Sunday 22nd July. To download an application form head to this section of our website or contact Michelle Sanders on 03 9329 3736 or
Murray-Darling Basin Authority (MDBA)
The Murray-Darling Basin (MDBA) is sponsoring five schools to host events during Australia Post Kids Teaching Kids week across Murray-Darling Basin. Any schools presenting at these events that would like some resources to assist with preparation see these downloads: Education resources for KTK Week, Delivering a Healthy Working Basin or the website http://www.mdba.gov.au/services/education-resources. For more information about the five events please e-mail
Telstra Australian Business Awards
We are pleased to announce Firestarter, the parent company of Kids Teaching Kids, has been nominated for the Telstra Australian Business Awards, People Choice Award. If you have been involved in Kids Teaching Kids and like what we do, please support our nomination by voting at www.telstrabusinessawards
What Would Our Kids Think?
Children comprise twenty per cent of the population, but are one hundred percent of our future. From my work involving 55,000 students and teachers across Australia I also know that young people have so much to offer right now when it comes to solving environmental issues. Click here to read full article
FREE Kids Teaching Kids Professional Development Sessions and School Visits across Australia
Contact Michelle Sanders on 03 9329 3736 or by email
to register or for further information. Dowloadable version click on link PD Schedule
PD Schedule Session Schedule
State and City
Bellarine Peninsula TBC
St Aloysius Primary School, 34 Stevens St, Queenscliff
Monday, 28th May 2012, 4.15pm – 5.30pm
GOTafe, Harder Auditorium, Fryers Street, Shepparton
Tuesday, 12th June 2012, 4.15pm – 5.30pm
Crosbie Morrison Building, Australian National Botanic Gardens, Canberra
Kids Teaching Kids, Switch On Schools and AuSSI ACT
Thursday 14 June 2012, 8.30am – 4.00pm
Melbourne Water International Kids Teaching Kids Conference
The Melbourne Water International Kids Teaching Kids Conference has SOLD OUT for all Melbourne, Victorian, South Australian, Queensland and Western Australian schools.
We will be notifying all successful schools who have expressed interest to date of their registration status today, Thursday 16th February.
All schools interested that register from today 16th of February will be placed on a waiting list and will be notified of any free places when they become available.
Note: We have limited places remaining for NSW, Tasmania and NT schools, so if you are from these regions please log on and register as normal - but be quick!
Please call 03 93293736 or email
if you have any questions.
Banyule City Council Grant Opportunity to attend the Melbourne Water International Kids Teaching Kids Conference
See link for further information on Grant.
2012 Events - Registration Open
2012 Kids Teaching Kids Events and programs are now open for registration http://register.kidsteachingkids.com.au/Register.aspx
Download the information flyer for 2012 Melbourne Water International Kids Teaching Kids Conference 14 – 16 October,
2012 Event dates
‘Event dates for 2012 Kids Teaching Kids are now locked in. Melbourne Water International Kids Teaching Kids Conference, Melbourne, October 14-16, 2012. Australia Post Kids Teaching Kids Week, Australia-wide, August 27-31, 2012. Registrations will open February 2012.’
2011 International Kids Teaching Kids River Conference
Schools across Australia are busy preparing for the sold out 2011 International Kids Teaching Kids River Conference to be held in Adelaide 23-25th October. Check out the program http://www.kidsteachingkids.com.au/conferences/2011-int-kids-teaching-kids-river/program.html
20,000 Kids Take Over as Teachers for Australia Post Kids Teaching Kids Week 29 August to 2 September 2011
Classrooms were transformed last week when up to 20,000 kids across Australia reverse roles with their teacher and educate each other about the environment. At more than 400 schools across Australia, kids hosted their own events as part of Australia Post Kids Teaching Kids Week. Check out our facebook page https://www.facebook.com/KidsTeachingKids for photos, media and stories from the day. Well done to everyone who took part... see you next year!
QLD Australia Post Kids Teaching Kids Conference 11-12 August 2011 was a huge success
Congratulations to everyone involved in the 2011 Australia Post Queensland Kids Teaching Kids Conference – It was great to be back at the Event Centre on the Sunshine Coast, working with great QLD schools and organizations.
The School presentations gave everyone great ideas about how we can all ensure our natural environment, resources and habitats remain healthy and productive. We had a fantastic two days together!! Seeing what Queensland’s young people are doing to make their cities and towns and schools sustainable into the future, and what can be done now to make sure we get there was nothing short of inspirational.
Almost 300 students and teachers from 23 schools across Queensland took part in the conference with most from the Sunshine Coast – and we thank our partner Sunshine Coast Council for supporting most of you to be here.
Melbourne Water Kids Teaching Kids Conference 23 - 24 June 2011 was so much fun!
2011 Melbourne Water Kids Teaching Kids Final Report
447 students and teachers from 50 schools across Melbourne attended the 2011 Melbourne Water Kids Teaching Kids Conference. The Conference sold out in the first week of registrations in February 2011. Twenty schools spent the first two terms of the school year working on their local waterways superheroes presentation theme of interest. Topics on which students presented included waterway health, reducing plastic waste, water recycling, wetland habitat, urban growth and the effects on wildlife, the Albedo effect and how clean energy can be harnessed from water.
Day one of the Conference, Thursday 23rd June, held at Etihad Stadium was officially opened by the Premier Mr Ted Baillieu. The opening session also included a welcome to country and dances, a superhero cape activity, and an Expert Panel Discussion Session. Experts from Melbourne Water, Zoos Victoria, Melbourne University, ABC Online and the Australian Youth Climate Coalition took part in the session. The second day of the conference, delegates participated in a range of hands-on learning activities at the Melbourne Zoo. Melbourne Zoo hosted and coordinated the day’s activities in collaboration with Firestarter. The Conference ended with a representative from each school sharing their local waterways superhero pledge, highlighting some of the key learning that took place at the Conference as well as sharing some long-term projects that would take place as a result of the event. Melbourne Water will be following these pledges after the conference through their education page.
Early Kids Teaching Kids Week Event
On May 27th, Forbes Public School and the Lachlan Catchment Authority co-hosted an outstanding Kids Teaching Kids event: Feathers, Fur and Fins- Creatures of the Lachlan! I would like to congratulate all involved on a very successful day. The student workshops were fantastic and the community atmosphere wonderful.
Taronga Western Plains Zoo, Endangered Challenge, 29th August
Explore challenges faced by species at a local and global level. Team up with Zoo staff to develop and lead a workshop on topics ranging from water quality testing to building a frog pond or investigating the effects of climate change on different species.
MelbourneZoo, Every Day during KTK Week 29th Aug- 2nd Sept
Work with the Melbourne Zoo team to develop interactive workshops, and present them to Zoo visitors during Kids Teaching Kids Week.
Melbourne Zoo is looking for creative ways to engage visitors and communicate their conservation campaigns, including: Wipe for Wildlife, Beads for Wildlife, Don’t Palm us Off, Seal the Loop and They’re Calling On You
Kids Teaching Kids wins the 2010 People's Choice Banksia Award
21 October 2010
Selected from 55 high profile finalists across all categories Kids Teaching Kids has taken out the coveted People's Choice Banksia Award at a gala awards presentation at Sydney Town Hall. The Banksia Awards function was attended by 100's of leading environmental and business representatives, including Minister for Environment Tony Burke. This award is fantastic recognition for students, teachers, volunteers and sponsors of Kids Teaching Kids. In particular Kids Teaching Kids would like to thank Australia Post for their fantastic and ongoing support. To find out more and to read about the winners in the other categories visit www.banksiafdn.com
Kids Teaching Kids to feature in the Australia Today Magazine Dec/Jan Issue
This high quality magazine with national distribution will feature a story on Kids Teaching Kids winning the Australia Post People’s Choice Banksia Award. For a sneak preview of the article download it now. You can get your Australia Today Magazine at any Australia Post outlet.
2010 International Kids Teaching Kids Coastal Conference live streamed…
18 October 2010
On Monday 18th October 9.15am to 4.30pm and 6.30pm to 8.30pm; and Tuesday 19th October 6.00pm to 8.30pm you can use this link to view the main stage of the conference live… check out the schools in action… click here to view the live streaming of the International Conference
Kids Teaching Kids a Banksia Awards Finalist – You can help by voting for Kids Teaching Kids
3 August 2010
We would really, really, really appreciate your help for just a few quick seconds. After 11 years and 20,000 students Kids Teaching Kids has some really exciting news – we have become a finalist in the People's Choice Banksia Award. This award is decided by popular vote and we'd love your help to get as many people voting for Kids Teaching Kids as possible. To vote for Kids Teaching Kids just click on the following link, then hit vote here, make sure you select 'Kids Teaching Kids' and complete your vote: click here to vote for us at the Banksia Awards…
A snapshot of what’s happening around country for 2010 Australia Post Kids Teaching Kids Week
Teachers around the country will take a back seat this week as students teach each other about the environment as part of the inaugural Australia Post Kids Teaching Kids Week.
Over 12,500 students in hundreds of schools across Australia will be focussed on making a difference to seemingly insurmountable environmental issues, including climate change, water, waste, conservation, energy, drought, habitat destruction, population and pollution to bring about positive environmental change.
Some examples of the many events being held during Kids Teaching Kids Week:
NSW: in Sydney, over 220 students will be at Taronga Park Zoo doing presentations on the theme of “Climate Change and Endangered Species” with hands-on environment activities amongst the animal enclosures.
QLD: in Gympie, more than 650 students will converge on Gympie Showgrounds with costumed presentations on litter, waste recycling and solar energy and hands on workshops, environmental displays as well as a massive digital wall where students will post comments about the future of the globe.
VIC: in Williamstown, 180 children from nine schools in the Hobsons Bay area will take part in fun workshops and costumed performances including a rhythmic drama on being water wise, an original song about saving water and the creation of a collaborative schools banner.
WA: in Baldivis, Perth more than 120 students will converge on Baldivis Children’s Forest with costumed and dance presentations on forest conservation, recycling and animal welfare. Students will also perform with musical instruments made of recycled material and create a wooden screen mural for use in the forest compound.
TAS: in Molesworth, Hobart an animal safety quiz will be conducted by six students, dressed as Tassie Devils to educate their classmates about how they can help keep animals safe in the bush. Some of the questions will cover issues like feral cats, bush fire prevention and how to keep the bush free from litter.
SA: at Fulham, around 40 students and teachers from seven schools from the Adelaide and Mount Lofty Ranges area will be involved in fun workshops and activities to explain the environment projects they work on in their schools.
ACT: at Calwell Primary School, students are developing a podcast on sustainable housing including efficient heating/cooling systems and how we can change our behaviours at home and school to reduce our impacts on the environment.
NT: at Ross Primary School 11 eco-warriors in year 5/6 will talk with the other school kids about what they’ve learned as eco-warriors covering things like sustainability, better use of water and energy, and how to do recycling and composting, and then take the messages on to the Alice Springs Spring Fair on the weekend with pamphlets they’re making.
New this year
11 May 2010
New this year is Australia Post Kids Teaching Kids Week. We have an aim of involving 1000 schools across Australia in presenting a workshop during Australia Post Kids Teaching Kids Week from August 30th to September 3rd. Keep an eye out for your Kids Teaching Kids Education Kit including a huge Kids Teaching Kids poster and informative brochure that is currently being mailed to every school in Australia. Click here to read more
Out Now Arron's Autobiography 'Billabong Boy'
10 June 2010
Arron's inspiring career as an environmentalist and educator has earned him awards including the 2001 Young Australian of the Year and the 2006 United Nations Individual Award for Outstanding Services to the Environment. His expertise in environmental preservation has seen him sought after by political parties, green groups and corporations while his charm and charisma has seen him make regular appearances on Australian radio and TV to discuss environmental issues. In Billabong Boy, Arron now shares for the first time the personal battles he has faced in the hope of providing inspiration to anyone who has ever felt as though they're unable to overcome adversity. From facing schoolyard bullies, battling low self-esteem and ultimately having to deal with depression and anxiety whilst running a business, Arron's path to his career success has been filled with obstacles that many people will have experienced themselves. Contact Kids Teaching Kids to order your copy now