Waste Warriors Work When Weather’s Wet!

Tomorrow our second Stage 2, Waste Warriors program is ON! The weather looks a bit foul but the fun thing about making worm farms and bees wax wrap is that you can keep dry while you are doing it!  We will get outside when we can but it will be definitely on tomorrow. See you out there to do practical things to beat the waste problem!

Waste Warrior shows off worm farm

One of our wonderful Waste Warriors from last week!

 

TrailRider outing in Bournda National Park

Kony and his Tulgeen carer Paul, came out to Bournda National Park to take the Bournda EEC TrailRider All Terrain Wheelchair for a spin! From the smiles on Kony’s face, and the positive feedback from his carer and family, it’s clear he enjoyed the experience.  He’s going to come back for a weekly visit and he can explore a different spot each time.

Using the TrailRider to explore Bournda National Park

The Bournda EEC TrailRider was purchased in 2017, with support from the Department of Education, Tulgeen Disability and Tarra Motors, and enables inclusive experiences in the outdoors for people that need mobility assistance.

For further information, see the Bournda EEC Mobility Assistance page. 

 

TrailRider on the edge of Wallagoot Lake

Another successful Zoomobile tour!

The Bournda Taronga Zoomobile Tour has finished for another year!  Since 2004 we have had an annual visit in the Bega Valley and the local schools love the opportunity for a close-up look at some of the Zoo guests.

Taronga Zoomobile outside Quaama Public School

Bournda EEC ran a School Biodiversity activity as our contribution to the tour.  Students looked at the Atlas of Life, NatureMapr and the Atlas of Living Australia while learning how people of all ages can be “citizen scientists” in our community. Students looked at the biodiversity around their school grounds, examining water bugs and terrestrial macroinvertebrates. The Atlas of Life kindly loaned us their Microeye Digital Microscope and the students enjoyed a close-up view of the specimens they collected.

Quaama kids checking out the bugs they captured

Thank you Bemboka PS, Wolumla PS, Tanja PS, Quaama PS,  Candelo PS, Towamba PS, Central Tilba PS and Bega Valley PS – your students were enthusiastic participants and asked lots of great questions.

Many thanks to Dom Arndt from Taronga for the expert presentations.  We really enjoyed your visit!

Dom from the Zoomobile - Early start heading back to Sydney

 

2018 NSW Environmental Trust Eco Schools Grants

In 2018, 80 Eco Schools grants of $3,500 each will be offered for student focused environmental management projects, including water and energy conservation, recycling, bush regeneration, habitat improvement and food gardens.

Information about how to apply for this year’s grants will be available on the Trust’s website at

http://www.environment.nsw.gov.au/grants/schools.htm

Applications close 3pm, Monday 18 June 2018.

Schools can also find a range of other success stories, tips and resources on the website.
Contact the Trust on (02) 8837 6093 or info@environmentaltrust.nsw.gov.au for further information.

Download the information flyer

students getting ready to work on a waste audit

Severe Weather Warning for Damaging Winds – Friday 11th May

Issued at 9:14pm tonight, this Severe Weather Warning unfortunately means that we will probably have to postpone the Stage 3 Bournda Expedition scheduled for tomorrow (Friday 11th May, 2018).

We’ll post an update at about 5:30am and if the Severe Weather Warning is still in place, we will contact the organising teachers at Bega Valley PS, Pambula PS, Eden PS and Quaama PS to find an alternative date.

Sorry kids, but falling branches and trees can be a real risk in the bush when you have winds over 60 km/hr!!

 

Today’s schools – creating tomorrow’s world

GAME CHANGER CHALLENGE

This year’s Education Week in August will focus on how NSW public schools are equipping young people with the skills and capabilities they need to thrive in a rapidly changing, globalised world under the theme, Today’s schools – creating tomorrow’s world.

As part of this week-long celebration of public education, the department will this year also launch an exciting innovation – the inaugural Game Changer Challenge.

The Game Changer Challenge embraces the education week theme by asking students and teachers to work together and co-design the school of the future. From excursions to the moon and teleporting between classes to schools without walls or bell times – you are only limited by your imagination.

Based on a 60-second video application, 16 teams from public schools across NSW will be selected to take part in a three-day, intensive design-thinking workshop in Sydney.

The workshop includes teacher training in the use of design thinking as a teaching methodology and its application for school planning as well as a team competition to prototype the school of the future that will end with a Shark Tank-style pitch to industry experts, including Mark Scott.

We are asking our school leaders to embrace this exciting opportunity by encouraging your school to take part in this ground-breaking initiative.

Full details of the competition can be found at https://education.nsw.gov.au/public-schools/going-to-a-public-school/education-week.

Murat Dizdar – DEPUTY SECRETARY, SCHOOL OPERATIONS AND PERFORMANCE

Georgina Harrisson – DEPUTY SECRETARY, EDUCATIONAL SERVICES

NSW DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION

Move with Nature – Bournda EEC World Environment Day Dinner 2018

Bournda Environmental Education Centre has been hosting an annual dinner to celebrate World Environment Day for the last 41 years!

Our guest spDr Helen Smith, our Bournda EEC World Environment Day Speaker for 2018eaker for 2018 is Dr Helen Smith. Helen is a passionate outdoor enthusiast and will give us her personal and research-based perspectives on making outdoor experiences more accessible and inclusive, so that more Australians can enjoy a special connection with nature.

Find out more here

 

Sustainability Resources for Teachers

The EZEC team has been working to improve sustainability resources for teachers and have updated and expanded the Department of Education’s sustainability web pages. More resources will be added as they are created.

For each sustainability topic there is the sustainability action process resource. Each of these has links to resources to support teaching and learning in the steps of the process.

Also in each sustainability topic you will find:

  • activities that can be used by schools to assess the current situation
  • examples of what student sustainability action looks like, some with videos showcasing NSW public school students in action
  • syllabus links to the new science and technology, technology mandatory and geography syllabuses
  • additional resources

The Further information page has links to external resource portals, including the new Sustainable Schools NSW website.  Most of the geography teaching and learning frameworks have sustainability outcomes embedded in them.

Narooma PS students getting ready for a waste audit