Holiday fun that will last a LIFETIME!

Title page of the multi-touch book

Looking for something to do with the family this school holiday/Easter break?  Something that will keep the kids and you occupied for a ……LIFETIME!

Then go ahead and download a copy of the Bournda EEC/Atlas of Life multi-touch book, “Exploring and Mapping our Living World – with the Atlas of Life and NatureMapr”. Created by Bournda EEC teacher Julie Donne, this wonderful teaching resource will be introduce you to the wonderful world of citizen science, where you can play an important role in mapping the biodiversity of our local region.  Has that spider ever been sighted before?  Is that bird out of its normal range? Has anyone sighted that butterfly at this time of the year?  So many great scientific questions that could be answered through the sightings that you make in your backyard, local national park, on your farm….ANYWHERE!

Page view from multitouch book

Produced in partnership with the Sapphire Coast Regional Science Hub and Sustainability Education Network and the Atlas of Life in the Coastal Wilderness, the book features stunning images of local biodiversity by local naturalists. There are step-by-step instructions on how to use the NatureMapr app to record your sightings. Eventually the data you record becomes part of the CSIRO’s Atlas of Living Australia biodiversity database which has nearly 85 MILLION occurrence records.

Download from the iBook store

Screenshot of multi-touch book

 

PEER SUPPORT CAMP A BIG HIT!

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!

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sailing 2017

Shadow hand puppets

Merimbula Public School Stage 1 Bournda Program – Friday 19th May

BREAKING NEWS – EXCURSION WILL GO AHEAD
The rain is now showers and most likely LATE this afternoon, so all systems are GO!!
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No doubt a few parents are looking at the weather forecast for tomorrow; we are too, in fact we’ve been looking all week!
The forecast from the Bureau says “Very high (90%) chance of rain, most likely in the afternoon and evening” so it looks like we will be finished the program before the rain arrives.
So at this stage we are GOING AHEAD with the day!
There is a big shelter shed at Hobart Beach and if students have a raincoat that will help too!
The next forecast is at 5:15am in the morning and if there is a change in plan we will post on facebook and twitter by 6:00am