Hello everyone and happy term 1 for all the teachers out there knuckling down with new classes, syllabuses and paperwork! I have 2 things that may help you in 2016….

We are proud to announce the publication of our very first free iBook educational resource! Thanks to Blacktown City Council and many teachers who helped in the design of this book it is now available for download on the iBookstore.

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“What happens to the rain” is a student enquiry based multi-touch book that looks at urban water management and healthy waterways. It is highly interactive with quizzes, videos, games, pop ups and embedded apps to keep students enagaged.

Designed for Stage 3 (but useful for stage 2 and 4 also!) it comes with a 10 week unit of work for the NSW Science and Technology syllabus. The unit encompasses the skill of “working technologically”. The iBook will work on an iPad, iPhone or Mac computer.

Download for free from the iBookstore https://itunes.apple.com/au/book/what-happens-to-the-rain/id1084586515?mt=11

Or find this link and all the resources on our website.

Secondly – for high schools!

Registrations are still open for the 2016 GoMAD challenge -an environmental leadership challenge for your students.This is a collaboration between Taronga Zoo, DoE, OEH and many Enviro Ed Centres to help your students Make A Difference!

Register via this link:

https://taronga.org.au/gomad-challenge-sydney

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As we wind down for the school holidays – now is a good time to reflect, draw breath and organise a few things for next year (or a time for a long, long sleep in I hear you say?)

Start by reading the latest Sustainable Schools Newsletter – as always it is packed with great stuff! Eco Schools grants, Holiday shutdown ideas and interesting case studies.

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Over the last few months I have had the pleasure to visit many Sydney public schools and see the results of 2015 Eco Schools grants. Such amazing work being done by staff and students. Medieval gardens, bushtucker, food gardens, kitchens, worm farms all linked to curriculum and encouraging students outdoors. Love it!

These visits were to film Class Movies that will showcase the efforts of schools and help others apply for grants next year. Check out the gallery of photos from filming days below. The Class Movies will be online early 2016.

Planet Ark and various other organisations are pulling out all the stops this year for National Recycling Week. You can register your school and involve your students in all the fun.

There is a curriculum toolkit to help you integrate recycling into your lessons and a Recycle Rescue Game to keep everyone entertained among many other things. Get involved!

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“Checking the Pulse of the Hawkesbury River”

27th November 2015 @ Brewongle EEC.

Study Topics: Water for Living / Local Environment/Biophysical Interactions

Spend a day working with academics and technical staff from Western Sydney University and Brewongle on the Hawkesbury River. This excursion will focus on River Ecology and Management and provide you with enhanced expertise to teach the relevant syllabus areas of your subject.

Download the flyer: Checking the Pulse of the Hawkesbury River TPL

Book with us on 02 45 791136 or email: brewongle-e.admin@det.nsw.edu.au

Interested in maintaining a sustainable environmental program within your school or organisation but don’t know where to start?
Come along to the last HEEN Meeting for 2015 to find out more!
WHAT IS HEEN?
HEEN is the Hawkesbury Environmental Educators Network group, who meet once a term. It is an opportunity for people working with children, young people and the environment to connect, receive support and be inspired.
At these meetings you will hear from teachers and professionals in the field of Environmental Education, to learn more about making sustainability a reality in your school or professional area.
What’s on the Agenda this term?
-Take a tour of Kurrajong Public School and see first hand how their Environmental program is making a difference.
-Learn how to make a wicking bed
-How to bring sustainability into the classroom and curriculum
-Share ideas and network with like-minded professionals
Download the invitation in PDF – HEEN Invite Kurrajong Public School
WHEN:  Thursday 29th October @ 3:30pm- 5:15pm
WHERE: Kurrajong Public School
               1111 Grose Vale Rd
               Kurrajong  (street parking available)
RSVP by 23rd October 2015  to joanne.cafiero@det.nsw.edu.au for catering purposes
Please feel free to bring an interested staff member from your school or a neighbouring school.
Hope to see you there!
Please forward this email to anyone that you think will be interested in attending.
Together we can make a difference!

Our Aboriginal student leadership program called Warawi Yana Nura is a finalist in the NRMA Peoples Choice 21st Century Learning Awards for the 2015 Youth Eco Summit.

You can watch a short video on the project below.

Please check out all the finalists and vote for your favourite (us of course!) via the link below

http://www.mynrma.com.au/motoring-services/education/youth-echo-summit.htm

Our Aboriginal student leadership program continued today here at Brewongle EEC. Students got their smocks on and let the artistic talent flow. We saw some amazing designs as we worked on some rather large animals. Using a combination of symbols, dots, hand prints and other techniques – we now have some very impressive large paintings to put up!

Erin Wilkins – our Darug educator also helped students develop their own acknowledgment of country. Students are now taking a leadership role within their schools and reading acknowledgments at school events. The Aboriginal Representative Council at Blacktown Girls High is in full swing and I look forward to hearing of their initiatives.

Thanks so much to all participants and have a great holiday everyone.

Earthkeepers is an old world, mystical ecology program for Stage 2 students and some little munchkins from Boronia Park are now well on their way to becoming Level 1 Earthkeepers after completing our 3 day camp. We were impressed with their energy and enthusiasm and can see that they now have a broader understanding of how humans and natural systems rely on each other.

Thanks so much to our parent helpers and teachers Angie and Josh for putting in the hard yards over the three days to give the students the best possible camp!

Enjoy the photos and I hope that the students discover the final meanings of E.M. in their studies back at school.

If you would like to run Earthkeepers at your school please see the program details here.

 

During writers camp last week, students composed eco-mystery stories using iPads and an app called Book Creator.

We were so impressed with their use of technology as well as the creative writing skills that emerged. A big thank you to Danielle Chew from Barnier Public School who facilitated these workshops.

Here is a sample of some of the works produced in a PDF format. Well done to all the young writers involved!

The case of the ringtail possum

The Fungus

The great eco mystery

The Legend Of The Kangawullafox

The Poisonous Berries

The Scarlet Fox

The Three Big Mistakes

What I Saw

WHERE ARE THE BIRDS

A Snap into Life

An Eco Mystery

Bloodwood

Deep Scratches

Do Birds Eat Paint

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Eco Detective No Birds

Into the dark

Mr Walter ‘s evil plan

Mysterious disappearance of the blue wren

Mystery Spirit of the Sea

The Black Widow

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After an intense day 2 of all things literary, we all headed up to our local oval to use up some energy. Students tried to master the art of throwing boomerangs, spears and woomera’s. The day was finished off with some games of soccer and cricket.

After a hearty breakfast and another good nights sleep (amazing!), students enjoyed an Aboriginal Cultural talk from Wiradjuri Man – James Stephens. James is one of our regular Aboriginal Educators and we were all very privileged to soak up his knowledge and stories of Aboriginal culture.

After morning tea, students continued their writing journey with Simon French and Danielle Chew. I managed to capture some writing on film for you to read below. The stories from the iPads will be published next week after we troubleshoot some technical issues! Thank you to all our budding young authors for attending camp and good luck in the future!