Brewongle EEC is situated at the former North Sackville Public School which was built in 1878, towards the end of the Australian Colonial period. This historical inquiry focuses on the nature of everyday life on the Hawkesbury River post-1800 colonial settlements, and how the environment has changed during this period. The program includes pre- and post-excursion lessons.
Experience a day of connecting to Country through oral mapping, a unique geographical skill that has been handed down from generation to generation in many Indigenous cultures, including the local Darug culture.
As our world becomes more globalised students need to understand connections both to the local and global environments. This excursion can stand alone to connect students to Country or be embedded in a complete 10 Week Diverse & Connected World Unit of Work comparing and contrasting local Aboriginal ways of being, knowing and doing with the ways of other Indigenous cultures in the Asia Pacific rim.
This excursion is based around the Inquiry Question:
How do Indigenous Australian connections to place influence and affect perceptions of Country?
As urban Sydney sprawls in all directions, the Northwest is dramatically changing. This Geographical Inquiry focuses on the connections between people and nature at Brewongle EEC and the surrounds of Sackville North and the Hawkesbury River. The program covers the Factors That Shape Places unit in its entirety, with pre- and post-visit lessons and assessments. This program can also be extended to a 3 day excursion.
This authentic, project based learning unit of work is a collaboration with Blacktown City Council. It is a free resource for all schools, and includes free teacher training, excursions and iBook and a 10 week unit of work for schools in the Blacktown City Council LGA.
Watch the video case studies to see how you could implement this fantastic resource in your school.
Some plants are more resilient to bushfire than others and in fact, need fire to survive and thrive. Through this excursion and unit of work, students learn to identify local native plants and focus on a number of plant adaptations that make them more resilient to bushfire.
The Darug people have occupied the Western Sydney region for more than 22,000 years. Darug culture is connected to the country, people and to the spirituality of the land. With the eucalypt forest as the setting students will learn about the importance of Country and Place to the Darug nation, they will also discover their tools, food, culture, art and music. Read about previous excursions via our blog.
Brewongle needs a CSI team! A terrible crime has been committed and you have been assigned as the chief investigator. Students are presented with information regarding the mysterious death of a Tawny Frogmouth. They must conduct a thorough investigation into the three essential components for life – water, food and shelter. Read about previous excursions via our blog.
Use your lens to make a statement! This innovative, technology driven and creative incursion will engage your students to tell a story about the environment around them using iPad’s and photography. They will discover the skills needed to take a quality photograph and tell a visual story. Edit your PhotoVoice and share to watch it go viral!
View the environment through the eyes of an artist! This hands on workshop conducted at your school will engage your students in art skills like printing, paper making, 3D installations and photography.
Your students become Schoolyard Entomologists and learn how to increase biodiversity at school! This program will creatively engage students when they find a folder belonging to Entomologist Dr Bernie Bracken in their classroom.