Sustainability learning researcher Harriet Deans visits IGS

Harriet Deans, who is a Doctor of Education (DEd) student, visited IGS this week to conduct research for her thesis entitled ‘The Eco-Schools Program, and its contribution to student environmental and sustainability learning’ within the University of Melbourne.

Harriet shadowed the Head of Sustainability, Carmelo Fedele, during her time at IGS observing lessons in Geography and Commerce. “Having Harriet join us during this time was a great opportunity to reflect on the varied ways that sustainability is embedded in the curriculum and actioned in the extra-curricular life of the school” said Carmelo.

During the visit Harriet conducted:

– A student group discussion and drawing-telling that included students from High School, Primary School and Early Learning who engaged with the sustainable futures program.

– A sustainability focused student led school tour.

– A class observation and student journal entry of Early Learning, Primary School and High School classes; as a curriculum focused observation of student environmental and sustainability learning.


“The contributions made by IGS students and teachers is greatly appreciated and will provide valuable insight into the process of student environmental and sustainability learning and the implementation of the Eco-Schools program,” said Harriet.

IGS was delighted to be part of Harriet’s research project as it provided another opportunity to showcase the considerable progress we have made in our commitment to sustainability.