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Stage 3 Geography Excursion - Factors that Shape Places

We are excited to offer a new excursion for Stage 3 Geography at Wattamolla - Factors that Shape Places. The excursion focuses on the inquiry question: What is the impact of increased visitation at Wattamolla? Students use the geographical inquiry process and tools to investigate Wattamolla and consider the impact of increased visitation. They participate in a geocache (GPS scavenger hunt) to identify human features. They measure weather conditions and complete a field sketch to consider What is there? and survey litter to consider Why care?... Read more

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School Gardens Workshop - Teacher Professional Learning

Hope you can join us at the School Gardens Workshop: Tuesday 12 September 2017 Botany Bay Environmental Education Centre Kamay Botany Bay National Park, Captain Cook Drive, Kurnell We'll be there running a workshop on composting. It's a great way to learn practical activities as well as to network with teachers from other schools and environmental educators. View the flyer (pdf 1025 KB) for more details.... Read more

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New Incursion - Nature Photography - Stage 3

We're very excited to offer a new incursion - Nature Photography. The Stage 3 program focuses on Visual Arts. We've received very positive feedback from students and teachers throughout our trial of the program, and have been overwhelmed by the quality of the images produced by students! Please visit our Nature Photography Gallery to be inspired by student photographers. Students will learn photography theory and then apply what they have learnt to taking photographs of nature in their school grounds. Students will be inspired by a PowerPoint... Read more

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Kids Teaching Kids - free PL

Kids Teaching Kids is a great program to incorporate sustainability and environmental education into curriculum. From their website: Kids Teaching Kids is an education model that uses local environmental issues as a theme for learning. Kids Teaching Kids starts in the classroom and extends into the community through the Kids Teaching Kids Learning Model and Program. We know kids are prepared to take up the challenges of saving our environment when we give them responsibility to manage their own learning through the Kids Teaching Kids Learning... Read more

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GoMAD! Go Make a Difference Challenge 2017

GoMAD is an exciting initiative for High School students wanting to Make a Difference at their school. We're excited to be involved in the GoMAD challenge this year - we will be presenters at the initial forum event on 23-24 March and will mentor participating local schools. Why participate in GoMAD? Students and teachers will get inspiration and training at the forum/summit event 23-24 March Students and schools will be mentored by teachers from Environmental Education Centres Grant funding will be available to complete a student-driven... Read more

Easter Bilby

Easter Bilby Incursion or Video Conference - Book now for 2017!

Easter Bilby is a program focusing on conservation and sustainability. Children's awareness of Australia's unique animals will be developed through an interactive Australian Easter text, craft activities and music. Now is the time to book an Easter Bilby incursion or video conference for kindy or year 1. Schools in Sutherland Shire and St George areas can book an incursion - one of our experienced Department of Education teachers will come to your school and deliver the program. All other schools can book a video conference - the same program... Read more

New ways to connect

We have been working hard to connect with teachers to share news and information about our fieldwork and in-school programs. Additionally, in our roles, we often come across great resources that we would love to share with you. For example, did you know about the geography frameworks or the geographical toolkit for K-6? You can now connect with us in the following ways for information and resources: Like our Facebook page Follow us on Twitter Sign-up for our email newsletter Go to our Contact Us page for other ways to contact us.... Read more

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Beneath Our Feet - Stage 2 fieldwork high in demand.

Our Stage 2 Science Beneath Our Feet program is high in demand. The fieldwork addresses Stage 2 Science outcomes including Earth & Space ST2-8ES. and Working Scientifically ST2-4WS It compliments the Beneath Our Feet PrimaryConnectionsunit. On this excursion, students visit the Royal National Park to observe weathering and erosion. They participate in hands-on activities at Wattamolla and a walk south towards Curracurrang. Throughout the day they record observations, data and a field sketch in their own small magazine, or ‘zine'. ... Read more

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Whales peak season

Year 10 Geography studying Oceans shared a season treat. The peak number of whales for their fieldwork experience was over 100 humpbacks. Whilst walking between Bundeena south to Wedding Cake Rock students were able to view numerous pods of whales, clearly visible on a steely flat sea. The season peak occurs close to the winter solstice. This class were fortunate that the huge seas of the east coast low had finally abated. They were treated with a show of flapping and spouts throughout their journey along the northern section of the Coast... Read more

School Vegetable Garden Workshop

A popular professional learning opportunity is being offered in Term 3. This is a collaboration between agencies promoting health and gardening as a rich curriculum opportunity for students. Inspiring hands on workshops, curriculum links and lucky door prizes. Open to staff from 30 high school and primary school. Date: 14 September 2016 Venue: Bringelly Public School. Professional Learning: School Vege Garden Workshop (pdf 821 KB) 5 hours BOSTES registered course, apply through this link Outdoor Ed & School Gardens... Read more

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Southern Sydney Environmental Education Network - SSEEN

The Southern Sydney Environmental Education Network (SSEEN) is active in 2016. This group meets each school term and are based in the Sutherland local government area. Open to government and non-government schools this is an opportunity for sharing and networking for those committed to promoting sustainability. Term 3 meeting will be hosted by Engadine High School 24 August. Engadine High has an active Student Sustainability Committee, bush regeneration area and vegetable garden. There are some natty art installations that enliven the quads.... Read more

Clean Up Australia 2016

Students from Heathcote East Public made a fantastic difference for Clean Up Australia.Day! In partnership with Parks and Wildlife, our Centre and students from Stages 1-3 concentrated efforts in the buffer zone next to the school. Students enthusiastically collected 15 kg of waste, which included 20 litres of recyclable plastics and cans. Thanks for being such great neighbours to the Royal National Park. Much of the litter appeared to be from joggers and walkers using the cleared asset protection zone to the east of the school fence, which is... Read more

Go MAD - Youth Enviro Forum

Go MAD - Go Make a Difference! This year's Youth Enviro Forum was held on 21 March at Taronga Zoo. The day brought together passionate teacher and student representatives from schools around NSW. It provided an opportunity for them to network with partners, including representatives from 10 Environmental and Zoo Education Centres (EZEC's). The focus was on planning and discussing school sustainability initiatives. Inspiring keynote speakers, interactive workshops and students having the opportunity to network had the convention centre humming... Read more

We're on Twitter!

We've started a twitter account in order to share with teachers, students and the community. Follow us for: photos from excursions and incursions interesting articles on sustainability links to great teaching resourcse information on our programs Keep up to date with our school @RNP_EEC | https://twitter.com/RNP_EEC... Read more

Building a Bug Hotel - video

Our Bug Hotel's living roof has thrived in compost. It was built last Otober. Designed by teacher Darren Martin, built by Darren and teacher Mark Abernethy, it uses a great range of reusable and recyclable materials to create a habitat for invertebrates. Mark skilfully filmed the construction, and edited a fantastic video. Hope you enjoy and are inspired to build a bug hotel at your school: Your browser does not support the video tag.... Read more

2014 Sustainability Stories video conference

TERM 3 - WEEK 6 and 7 18th – 29th AUGUST The aim of the festival is to showcase a range of the amazing environmental and sustainability education lessons, activities and projects from around NSW and beyond. The festival has two main components teacher professional learning and student learning sessions. These sessions are either teacher or student-led with a focus on environmental and sustainability education. Sessions run for around 30 minutes including question time Further information: ... Read more

2014 Bookings

Easter Bilby (an in-school program for schools in the Sutherland Shire and St George area) or a Video Conference for all other schools was completely booked out in 2013. This program will be available in Term 1 Weeks 9, 10 and 11 for Kindergarten and Year 1 students. Easter Bilby VC (pdf 174 KB) Year 11 Local Ecosystem programs can be conducted in the rainforest (Bola Creek), the estuarine area (Bonnie Vale) or on a rocky platform. If booking the estuarine area or a rocky platform please check the tides before you consider a date for your... Read more

Royal National Park video conference

The Royal National Park Environmental Education Centre is regularly offering a FREE video conferences featuring the oldest National Park in the southern hemisphere. Supporting Stage 2 State and National Parks program, your students will take a virtual visit of the Park and be able to expand on their first hand excursion experience or research. Book online at Dart Connections... Read more

Preschool Sustainability Storytime

Our Preschool Sustainabiity Storytime program - In the Bin started this week. Connecting preschool children from Broken Hill to Sydney! A great opportunity to lead into recycling week with an educational and fun video conference, with a program supporting the Reduce, Reuse, Recycle message. Sessions go for half an hour, engaging children through song, storytelling and video. Come join in the antics of Cracker the rascally Cockatoo! Preschool classes are using the connected classroom facility at big school, and teachers are receiving... Read more

Teddy Bears Picnic

Teddy Bears Picnic

Investigating the Needs of Living Things. Kinder only. Bookings are now being taken A fun, hands-on program focusing on the needs of living things, air, water, shelter and food. The students and their teddies participate in story time, environmental games, a bushwalk and a picnic with their teddy bears in the bush. Click here to see a slideshow on Teddy Bears Picnic The program will run in: Term 3 Weeks 8, 9 and 10 and Term 4 Weeks 2 and 3 Cost: $6.50 per student plus $1.10 for National Park entry. For more details: Teddy Bears Picnic... Read more

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