Brewongle Environmental Education Centre

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Have you immersed your students in nature this year? We would love to help you with your next excursion and have a range of new and existing programs in a variety of subject areas to inspire, engage and enhance the learning of your students. As an added bonus – all visiting teachers will receive 4hrs (BOSTES registered) field work professional learning! Our NSW Environmental Education Centres are all staffed by trained teachers… Read More

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… Read More

Early this week we had a moving and special day. We journeyed with Aboriginal students and staff from Arthur Phillip HS, Blacktown Girls HS, St Clair HS and St Mary’s Senior to several rock art sites in the NW Sydney region. We offer thanks to the Darug Community and Elder Aunty Edna Watson for giving their permission to enter and view these sites. Our guide for the day was Erin Wilkins –… Read More

Chris Tobin is a local Darug Aboriginal man, artist and educator who we sometimes manage to lure out to Brewongle. We love hearing his stories and feel privileged to learn of his cultural knowledge. Chris recently created some beautiful artwork on one of our grey gums during the Engaging Visions artists workshop. Enjoy this short video as he relates the story of the waratah via his artwork with bellbirds in the background… Read More

We just enjoyed another camp with the fine students from JEPS. Thanks to all students, staff and parents from this lovely school for all your contributions over the two days. Enjoy the following gallery of photos! Click on the link to view them online. Some links that may be useful as follow up on some of our lessons: Dharug Dalang for Dharug language – http://www.dharug.dalang.com.au/Dharug/filedownload/FrontPage.html First Footprints – and excellent documentary and website… Read More

Another perfect spring day greeted our visit to Kurrajong North PS. Perched on the escarpment with views to Sydney, this school is very pleasing to the eye! This area was the home of the Kurrajong Clan of the Darug Nation and students enjoyed the stories and knowledge from Flinn Donovan our Aboriginal Educator. Flinn has a captivating style and all students were engrossed in his presentation. They also discovered the joys of body… Read More

Year 11 Senior Science from The Hills Sports High were at the top of their game when completing a study of the open forest adjacent to Turnbulls lagoon, Sackville North. We travelled to our field site, determined that the ecosystem type was in fact open forest, dug some dirt, climbed to the ridge top and avoided the jumping ants. The students decided the Western Sydney Dry Rainforest was in fairly healthy condition… Read More

Brewongle descended on Cattai National Park this week with the enthusiastic and talented year 7 & 8 students of Norwest Christian College. Geography was the aim of the day and the students spent their time discovering various Geographical field techniques. Cattai National Park is situated on the meandering Hawkesbury River near Pitt Town and has a rich history of Aboriginal and European occupation. The Cattai clan of the Darug people may have lived here for 20,000 years or… Read More

Byala Yana Nura – Stand tall, Walk tall in Country Brewongle has recently established a partnership with Greening Australia to regenerate a section of the Hawkesbury River at Sackville North. This is part of a larger project that has many sites along the Hawkesbury Nepean River system. Our centre has utilised the generosity of many local landholders over the years and now we have a chance help them restore some weed infested… Read More

This furry lumbering giant is one of Australia’s extinct range of Megafauna. It is the largest known marsupial at up to 3.8 metres in length and 1.7m high. It used its large front teeth to brouse on shrubs and provide its name! (di= two, proto= first and odon = teeth). We think it disappeared from the Australian continent around 25,000 years ago (which is pretty recent in the grand scheme of things!). Why… Read More