Harrison’s photography hints are a hit!

Last week’s macro photography workshop at Panboola was a great success!  We had a wide range of ages and interests present and everyone came away with something to think about for the next time they took a few snaps.  Jennifer Halper was visiting Bournda National Park with students from Eden Marine High School and captured this wonderful image of a water dragon. Jen commented “This is in focus, keeping in mind what Harrison outlined last week”

What a great student and what a great photograph! Thanks Jen for letting us use this lovely image on our website!

Water dragon at Bournda National Park

Photo: Jennifer Halper

Schools Clean Up Day

Schools Clean Up Day is an initiative coordinated by Clean Up Australia Ltd to allow students to participate in Clean Up Australia Day as part of a school activity. Schools are encouraged to register their own grounds or a safe and suitable alternative site with Clean Up Australia, for clean up activities on 2 March 2018. Schools can nominate to participate in Schools Clean Up Day by registering on-line at the Clean Up website: https://cleanupaustraliaday.org.au/reqister

To support this initiative the Schools Clean Up Curriculum Toolkit is available at: http://www.cleanup.org.au/au/LiveGreener/schools-curriculum-toolkit.html

This toolkit provides examples of Schools Clean Up day activities for classroom teaching and learning programs.

Content details – For further information, contact the 2018 Youth Officer, Mr James Griffiths, on telephone 02 8197 3422 or email youth@cleanup.com.au.

GoMAD Coffee Cup Cops!

Remember the Bega High School students who have taken up the challenge of cutting coffee cup waste?

Here’s their fantastic GoMAD video, “THE COFFEE CUP COPS!”

Hilarious and still informative!

Check out the rest of the wonderful videos made by students from high schools in the Bega Valley and Eurobodalla and in other parts of NSW.


GoMAD…. as Hell!

We went to one of the South Coast’s most iconic beauty spots (Bournda Lagoon in Bournda National Park) and kayaked to a seldom visited location on the western shoreline.  In JUST TWO MINUTES the GoMAD (Go Make a Difference) camp participants picked up enough waste to fill a large bag.  Unfortunately the haul even included a syringe – YUK!

Litter from Bournda Lagoon

Clearly this is just not good enough and students took a short time out from having fun to just be MAD about it. The students discussed approaches like “Take Three for the Sea” and other ways people can take positive action to reduce litter in the environment.

The GoMAD camp involves teachers and student leaders, from Bega, Narooma, Moruya and Batemans Bay High Schools, who have come together to share their GoMAD experiences.



Last week students from local small schools made Bournda National Park their base for the annual Peer Support Camp. The camp has been run every year since 1990 and provides the Year 6 students with a great opportunity to celebrate the end of primary school.

The camp was organised by Tanja PS Principal Lee-Ann Thompson, with support from Bournda EEC and Bega High School, with catering provided by Tanja PS P&C.  Students and staff from Tanja, Bemboka, Wolumla, Candelo and Wyndham Public Schools attended.

The camp is just one of many transition activities supported by Bega High and Mark Freedman, Head Teacher- Student Welfare, put together a crack team of Year 9 mentors to support the students and to help them think about their start to life at high school.

Activities included kayaking, bushcraft survival, bike riding, raft building, surfboat (on the lake), challenge games, Indigenous activities and a beach carnival. Night-time nature walks and prawning were very popular with the students. Students also came up with their own entertainment with some talented shadow puppets on display at night.

The students loved the opportunity to go sailing with volunteers from the Wallagoot Lake Boat Club and everyone is very grateful to the sailors for their generous contribution to a great camp!


sailing 2017

Shadow hand puppets

GoMAD – Go Make a Difference Camp – let’s do it!!

The weather forecast is not great for Monday and Tuesday but our Waste Warriors will not let moisture dampen their  determination to fight the good fight in the War on Waste!  Our camp will proceed and the students and teachers from four participating high schools from the Bega Valley and Eurobodalla will make a difference!

GoMAD logo

The GoMAD camp is part of the NSW Office of Environment and Heritage and NSW Environmental and Zoo Education Centres’ GoMAD program.