School information

Willoughby City Council offers a range of school curriculum-based programs to help support schools and teachers. Contact Council if you would like to be involved in any programs. 

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  • All year: book as required
  • School Years: K-12
  • Curriculum/Subject connection: Environmental Studies

Willoughby City Council’s Bushland Officers provide guided bushwalks throughout the local Willoughby area. Most schools are within walking distance of a bushland reserve. In Willoughby we have 338ha of natural bushland to discover. We can take your class on a 1 or 2 hour bushwalk where students will develop a connection with their local environment.  Students will learn about:

  • Native Plants and Animals
  • Biodiversity
  • Water Catchments
  • Pollution
  • Weeds and Pest Animals
  • Bushland Regeneration
  • Aboriginal Culture
  • Local History

Links to Curriculum

Stage 1

  • Growing and Changing
  • Earth and its Surroundings
  • Places We Know
  • Wet and Dry Environments
  • The Need for Shelter
  • Bush Christmas 

Stage 2

  • Australia You’re Standing in It
  • Places: Then, Now and Tomorrow
  • National and State Parks
  • Mini Worlds
  • Cycles in Our World
  • Our Australia

Stage 3

  • Global Environments: Rainforests
  • Global Connections & Patterns of Place and Location
  • Environment Matters

Stages 4-6

Students will meet syllabus outcomes in Science, Geography, History, and Aboriginal Studies.

We can also develop an activity to meet your student objectives. For example, Mercy College’s Year 7 students have participated in the Flat Rock Gully Bushland and Geography Adventure. Here students come for a day activity which includes a guided bushwalk, focusing on environmental matters, Aboriginal presentation from the Aboriginal Heritage Office, and a session on how to read topographical maps and use a compass.


Emma Hayes, Bushland Interpretation Officer

9777 7942

  • All year - book as required

  • School Years: 6 - 12

  • Curriculum/Subject connection:  PDHPE, creative arts, wellbeing day workshops and resilience programs.

Willoughby City Council’s Youth Services Team provide a range of social, recreational, arts, leadership and skill-based opportunities in a safe and supportive environment. Delivered across various settings including Chatswood Youth Centre (CYC), local High Schools, online, and through events in partnership with local youth support services. 

Our youth services team have coordinated a multi-service program to support local high schools help build resilience in young people and improve mental health. Hear from the young people who participated and what they took away from the program. (In a video created by a young person who was also involved!)

Chatswood Youth Centre offers Youth Drop In – a free recreational space, information and referral services for 12-18 year olds, 3-6pm on Wednesdays to Fridays.

Lower North Shore Youth Services In Schools Network

Youth Services have developed a Youth Services in Schools Guide for local schools which contains a list of local youth support services and information about how services can support students in schools. Some examples include: outreach housing and mental health case management, resilience and life skills programs, information workshops and more.

Youth Services offer an advice and referral service to local schools regarding wellbeing program needs who can either help co-design a collaborative support solution or refer them to a support service who can.

If you would like to request a copy of the Youth Services in Schools Guide or discuss your schools needs, please email:


  • Term 3
  • School Years: K-6
  • Curriculum/Subject connection: Visual Arts

Willoughby City Council’s Festive Season Competition provides children the opportunity to become involved in creating the decorations for Chatswood CBD’s Festive Season look.  Children from Kindergarten age through to Year 6 are invited to showcase their talent and create a design for a Festive Flag about Christmas, Chanukah or Summer Holiday that occurs around that time of year. The winning flags will hang in Chatswood pedestrian Mall and Chatswood CBD throughout the holiday season.

Festive Flags Competition 2022 


Events Team

9777 1000

  • November - March
  • School Years: 10 and 11 at Chatswood Girls High, Willoughby Girls High and St Pius High Schools
  • Curriculum/Subject connection: English, science and history

Library staff work with local school librarian to target year 10 and year 11 students. Library staff attend selected classes at local high schools and present an introduction to Willoughby Library service and in depth training and supported lab session on using online resources to research assignments based on a current assessment task.


Willoughby City Library

9777 7900

  • All Year: book as required
  • School Years:  All school years - tours are tailored to the specific needs of each class
  • Curriculum/Subject connection: general research or subject specific

Classes visit the library and are taken around by a member of the Children and Youth Services team. The resources available to them at the library are highlighted, as well as talking about how to access services and how to find information in the library. Children can then sign up for a library card, and the online resources available through the library can be demonstrated.


Willoughby City Library

9777 7900


  • All year: book as required
  • School Years: All school years. Available for literacy students from TAFE and Chatswood Intensive English Centre.
  • Curriculum/Subject connection: General research or subject specific

Classes visit the library and are taken around by a member of the Multicultural Services team. The tour will highlight the ESL resources available to students as well as showing students how to access services and find information in the library. Students can then sign up for a library card, and the learning language online resources available through the library can be demonstrated.


Willoughby City Library

9777 7900

  • All Year
  • School Years: 5-12 
  • Curriculum/Subjection Connection: General research or subject specific

Librarians visit local schools and provide a demonstration of the online database tools available through the library. This includes a discussion on effective searching strategies and techniques, and can be focused on a topic the class is currently studying.


Willoughby City Library

9777 7900

  • All year: book as required
  • School Years: 3-12
  • Curriculum/Subject connection: Government, Politics, Sustainability, Social Science

School’s studying government are invited to visit Willoughby Council and find out exactly what local government provides to the community, as well as how it interacts with State and Federal tiers of government. Presentations can be tailored to your study needs and often include elements relating to a sustainable Willoughby.


Tania Stark

9777 7946

  • Competition open now: Submission portal for entries will be open between 17 - 31 May 2022
  • School Years: 7-12
  • Curriculum/Subject Connection: Sustainability, HSIE, Science and Technology, Arts.

Speaking 4 the Planet (S4P) is an arts-based sustainability competition for high school students. Willoughby City Council has funded participation by all the high schools in the Willoughby Council LGA. The competition encourages young people to think creatively and share ideas about living sustainably at local, regional and global levels.

The 2022 competition will be held online. S4P will use as its focus the 2022 World Environment Day theme, Only One Earth. This theme will highlight the possibilities for shifting to more sustainable, greener lifestyles.

Students are invited to present their views through speaking, arts, writing, song, short video or performance poetry.

Speaking 4 the Planet 2022


Barbara Jenkins

02 9777 1000

  • December -January
  • School Years:  K-9
  • Curriculum/Subject Connection: English/Reading

The Summer Reading Challenge runs through the December and January school holidays and children of all ages are encouraged to register and go in the draw to win prizes for continuing to read over the long summer break.

Registrations now open!

Being involved is easy, all students have to do is:

  1. Register online

  2. Read as many books as they can, either on their own or with family

  3. Download the reading log(PDF, 2MB).

  4. Submit your reading log to go in the lucky draw to win prizes.

Every child who reads ten books or more will be eligible for entry into the lucky prize draw to win a major prize.

To be in the running for some awesome prizes submit your completed reading log to the library by 10am on Tuesday 24 January 2023.


Willoughby City Library

9777 7900

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