Earthkeepers and Wild Winds with Boronia Park PS

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The new Brewongle! An Earthkeepers Training Centre.

The new Brewongle! An Earthkeepers Training Centre.

Brewongle has transformed this week into an “Earthkeepers Training Centre” for budding Earthkeepers from Boronia Park PS. This is a mystical old world ecology program that has the students entranced in mystery, discovery and ceremony for a three day camp. The program is run by Gibberagong EEC from Bobbin Head and they have been trialling it at our centre. We are now trained and are running the program with them in the wild windy weather of day 1. The Earthkeepers program is  a mini Biology/Ecology program for stage 2 students and all the learning is wrapped up in an absorbing and challenging series of activities. Students must gain knowledge and experience to attain a series of keys that will unlock secret boxes that have messages and learnings in them. Brewongle is the perfect place to run this old world program with our old classroom becoming the mythical lab of nature lover ‘E.M.’

The blazing fire in E.M's lab

The blazing fire in E.M’s lab

On day 2 we followed the bush walking diary of E.M. and discovered the hidden treasures of the myrtle forest. An eagles nest was spotted at the top of an old blue gum and some rainbow lorikeets were nesting in a cosy tree hollow. Students also discovered the interconnected nature of living things and how the earth has changed over time. They decided that they could in fact be drinking a ‘speck’ of water that had passed through a dinosaur!

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Opening a time capsule with the newly acquired ‘K’ key.

We now have many apprentice Earthkeepers who will continue their training back at school. Good luck in attaining your Y and S keys! We were so impressed at the skill and learning of the students and their ability to now look after our planet in such a wide range of ways. One of the favourite activities amongst the students was the ‘magic spot’. This activity involved students sitting quietly in the bush for 45 minutes. I was surprised at how much they all enjoyed it – and pleased too. May be that in our over stimulated world a bit of downtime is one of the most important things….

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A glimpse into the past via a time capsule

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Morning tea by the river after following in the footsteps of E.M.’s diary

The earthwalk

The earthwalk

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Opening a time capsule

Opening a time capsule

Students providing a sensory experience to their peers.

Students providing a sensory experience to their peers.

The huge 'seasons' production, directed by Mr David Spielberg (AKA Smith)

The huge ‘Seasons’ production, directed by Mr David Spielberg (AKA Smith)

Steven Spielberg's brother David showing his directing skills at Earthkeepers

Steven Spielberg’s brother David showing his directing skills at Earthkeeper’s

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4 Comments on “Earthkeepers and Wild Winds with Boronia Park PS

  1. What a great program. Did Earthkeepers some years ago on the coast and it was a fabulous program.

    • Hi Irene,
      Thanks for your comment – Earthkeepers is new to us this year too but we will be offering it into the future – with a slight ‘Brewongle’ feel! We thought it was an excellent program too – the students love all the mystery and ceremony and we were impressed with their knowledge by the end of it.

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