Awards and Media


Werribee Primary School is a 5 Star ResourceSmart AuSSi Vic Sustainable School. There are only thirty one 5Star schools in Victoria. We are the only government school (primary/secondary) that is a five star school in the Western region.

Mrs Jo-anne Wembridge has successfully enlisted the support of a core group of staff, who each take responsibility for one aspect of the sustainability program - water, waste, biodiversity and energy. In addition to this, the BEST team (Biodiversity Education Student Team) has been established to help motivate and educate the children towards improving sustainability practices at school.


As a ResourceSmart AuSSI Vic school we will:

  • save energy, water and conserve biodiversity,
  • reduce waste and greenhouse gas emissions,
  • support implementation of the Australian Curriulum in Victoria (AusVELS) in the school curriculum,
  • change the behaviour of the school population towards sustainable practices.


2017 ResourceSmart Schools Awards - Energy School of the Year 2017.

Werribee Primary School is the Number 1 Victorian Sustainable Energy School of the Year.

We are also one of the Top 4 Victorian:

-  Sustainability Leadership School of the Year

- Water School of the Year

- Waste School of the Year.


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2016 ResourceSmart Schools Awards– Energy School of the Year finalist.

Werribee Primary School entered the ResourceSmart Schools Awards 2016. This year a record-breaking 206 entries were received. Werribee Primary School was chosen as one of three finalists in the Energy School of the Year awards.

Star Weekly October 2016



Werribee Primary School was selected as an Active School finalist in the

2016 Keep Victoria Beautiful, Sustainable Cities Awards.


Star Weekly June 2016


Werribee Primary School is Regional Award winner

in the 2015 Victorian School Garden Awards!

The Victorian Schools Garden Awards recognises the importance and value of gardens and outdoor spaces. Werribee Primary School competed against schools in the South West region of Victoria (from the South Australian border to Melbourne's West) 
Emily and Hayley were chosen to accept the award on behalf of the school.



Werribee Primary School was selected as a finalist in two categories in the 2015 Keep Australia Beautiful Victoria, Sustainable Cities Awards. The two categories are Active Schools and Litter Prevention.


In 2015, Werribee Primary School was successful in obtaining a Community Environment Grant titled - The World is in Our Hands for $22000 from the Wyndham City Council. The money was used to install solar panels; and support an education program to inform the wider community about how to save energy. We would like to thank them for this support. Congratulations to Mrs Jo Wembridge and the Sustainability Team for making this possible.


In 2015, from 140 applications, Werribee Primary School was chosen as one of three finalists in the Energy School of the Year awards. We are very proud of our achievements in Sustainability. Our BEST school leaders and representatives, Larni, Georgie, Moeni and Day Day conducted a student led presentation at the Awards day today. This included interactive activities to help other schools reflect on their own sustainability practises and also showcasing changes Werribee PS has made throughout our journey to become a 5 Star ResourceSmart School.

In 2014, we were nominated in the Energy School of the Year, Biodiversity School of the Year and Teacher of the Year categories. We were selected as one of three finalists for ResourceSmart Energy School of the Year. Five student representatives to Melb for the Awards ceremony. They did a fantastic job of conducting a student led presentation for other schools. We were very impressed with the way they represented Werribee Primary School.
In 2013, we were one of three finalists as ResourceSmart Waste School of the Year.
We work in partnership with CERES (Centre for Education and Research in Environmental Strategies), VAEE (Victorian Association for Environmental Education), Wyndham City Council, Greening Australia and Zoos Victoria to implement sustainable initiatives.


For more information:

CERES Sustainability Hub:

The Sustainability Team blog:

The Werribee Primary School blog:


            For more information - Zoo article -


Sustainability Festival

 Sustainability Festival 2012




Helping out at a Working Bee

 Helping out at a Working Bee