Earthkeepers and Wild Winds with Boronia Park PS
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.’
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!
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….