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

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… 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

This new employment opportunity is available now and the information came from our colleagues at Taronga Zoo. See below for details. Aboriginal Program Coordinator – 00003LE5   Aboriginal Program Coordinator   Aboriginal Identified Part Time 22.8 hours per week, Temporary 2 year contract position. Taronga Conservation Society Australia Salaried Employees Award – Clerk Grade 6 ($80,997 – $83,371 prorata)   Location – Taronga Zoo Sydney Are you a leader in developing culturally rich experiences for… Read More

I feel like this is the time of year for a bit of connection to some real things in life! Nothing about Christmas consumerism, busy shops, parties, politics or school reports. Here follows a few cool things I have come across in a pictorial journal from my phone. All mostly extra-curricular…. The Hawkesbury Earthcare Centre’s spring fair was as lovely event filled with sustainability, good food, music and of course our kid… Read More

A quick mental health check for all teachers – How are you going? It is the end of the year, report time, exam time….. brains are frazzelled and our patience can be…. thinning. On top of the usual teaching duties (teaching, planning, meetings, counselling, extra curricular stuff, sport, playground duty, homework, parents, other staff, assessments, marking, marking, marking – am I close?) many of you would also be programming for the new… Read More

48 budding young authors have descended on Brewongle for 3 days of creativity and fun. Schools have sent their best literary types to meet famous authors, complete writing workshops, write aplenty and enjoy the usual array of awesome camp activities. As I am feeling distinctly average as a wordsmith amongst this fine company, today I will post a photo journal. I may post some of the writing that emerges from the students… Read More

We experience plenty of warm fuzzy feelings while doing our jobs as environmental educators but yesterday began with a lovely and remarkable happening. We were welcoming year 8 students from Broken Hill and Willyama High Schools to our field site at White Leeds Wetlands with an acknowledgement of country (This is a way to give our respect to the traditional Aboriginal people of this land). Sue Saxby from Wambangalang EEC near Dubbo… 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