Term 2 Newsletter - 2018

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In this edition

What's News

Upcoming Events

Council Updates

Upcoming Days of Significance

Eastern Region Active Travel Forum

Active Travel Forum

The theme for the Eastern Region Active Travel Forum is ‘Creating Courageous Parents and Confident Students’. 

Dr Michael Carr-Gregg and Dr Sharinne Crawford will provide principals, teachers, parents and student leaders with insights and strategies to create ‘can do’ attitudes in parents and children. Attitudes that are the foundation of a ‘have a go’ school culture towards active travel. 

When: Wednesday 9th May
Where: Federation Estate, 32 Greenwood Ave, Ringwood 
Time: 4:00pm to 6:30 pm.  
Bookings: Eventbrite

The forum is a valuable opportunity for principals, teachers, parent and student representatives to deepen understanding of active travel program delivery while sharing, exploring ideas and creating the networks to establish more active and sustainable travel pattern in school communities.

The Forum will assist schools to implement active travel programs to:

  • Meet the Education State policy obligations and targets for happy, healthy and resilient students.
  • Assisting ResourceSmart schools to complete the school leadership and the discretionary active travel criteria of the program.

For more information, please contact Michael Blowfield, Maroondah City Council Transport and Sustainability Planner on 9298 4452, or email michael.blowfield@maroondah.vic.gov.au.

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Student Leadership Program


On Tuesday May 1st 2018, over 60 children from 12 schools across the EASL member councils (Grade 5 to Year 9) will be converging on Realm in Ringwood for the pilot of the Learning for a Sustainable Future, Student Leadership Conference.

The program connected to the conference is a little different from those previously organised in the region. The pilot involves specifically developed on-line programs for the schools and participants to undertake at their schools both before and after the event. These on-line sessions concentrate on Project Management and Leadership Skills.

The Conference will then integrate these learnings and give the students a chance to exchange ideas and mix with other like-minded children.  The groups will rotate through sessions that are specifically aimed at children and include:

  • Communications and Marketing – presented by Melbourne Water
  • Project Management – presented by Zoos Victoria
  • Public Speaking – presented by “Superspeak” 

The keynote speaker is Angela Rutter from Common Cause, an organization working on social justice and environmental issues.

Keep reading the EASL Newsletters to keep updated on the program’s progress over the year.

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Growing more than plants at Knox Park Primary School

IMG_20180307_170001224The Term 1 PD session held this year at Knox Park Primary School looked to explore the benefits and practicalities of native and indigenous plants within the school grounds. Educators from both early learning and schools toured the grounds at Knox Park and looked at the fantastic work that Kerry Davis, and other volunteers from the local branch of the Australian Plant Society (APS), have done over the last nine years.

The school is situated in an oasis of parkland, adjacent to Lakewood Nature Reserve. Its main play equipment is surrounded by a stand of State-significant Eucalypts and the gardens and boundaries of the school have slowly been converted into a native plant wonderland by the volunteers and students.

As a grandparent of students at Knox Park, Kerry initially approached the school council with a five year plan that set out to beautify the gardens around the existing buildings, protect the stand of Eucalypts from root compaction and create an extension of habitat from the boundary with Lakewood Nature Reserve.  He achieved this and much more.

Butterfly Garden

There are now significant habitat areas around the school grounds for butterflies and small birds. Paths navigate the stand of Eucalypts and an understory has been established. Weeds such as blackberries and agapanthus have been removed and signs detail the plants and animals found in the gardens.

To further understand the significance of what Kerry has achieved at Knox Park, Irene Kelly from the Knox Environment Society spoke about the benefits of the Gardens for Wildlife program and how any garden can become habitat for local wildlife. She gave examples of how native plants can be used to create a colourful and vibrant garden but also to provide much needed homes for local birds and insects.

The success story of Knox Park Primary School was fantastic to hear about and attendees came away buzzing with ideas to take back to their own gardens and education facilities.

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Discover Sustainability at ECOSS

ECOSS is a not-for-profit Community Environment Park based in Wesburn, near Warburton. They offer a range of excursion and incursion programs on sustainability, horticulture and waste. School holiday programs are available for OSHC providers.

ECOSS also offer a range of project-based school programs, allowing classes to get involved in longer-term hands-on sustainability projects at ECOSS.

For more information on ECOSS and what it has to offer schools, visit www.ecoss.org.au

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Linking Sustainability with the Curriculum | Term 2 PD and Networking

Linking SustainabilityJoin us for a PD session exploring strategies to use when incorporating sustainability into the curriculum. The session will be broken up into different age groups with separate speakers presenting on processes and approaches specific for schools and early learning services. 

This Professional Development session will open with afternoon tea and a short networking activity, giving educators the opportunity to meet likeminded people from the EASL region. Attendees will receive a certificate of participation by email after the event.

Attendees must live or work within the EASL region to attend this event. 

Limited Places Still Available

Date: Wednesday 23rd May 
Time: 4:15pm to 6:00pm
Venue: MC2, 687 Doncaster Rd, Doncaster VIC 3108
Cost: Free!
Bookings: Through Eventbrite

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What a Waste! Exploring Waste in the East | Term 3 PD and Networking

What A WasteHave you wondered why some things are recyclable and others are not?
Are you curious about how recycling is sorted?
Do you want to know how to recycle items that can't go into the recycling bin?

Join us for this full day professional development session which will take you through different waste facilities within Melbourne's east. We will be visiting different types of recycling and waste centres as well as detailing the recycling programs in place within each EASL municipality.

This will be a jam-packed day looking at what happens with our waste when it goes in the bin.

The day will start at VISY Rethink Centre where attendees will see the process that happens when recycling is sorted. The second destination is the Knox Transfer station where everyone can view the processes undertaken in a recovery facility. The day will finish by visiting a landfill site where attendees can see what happens at the end of the road for our general waste.

Bus transport, morning tea and lunch is provided as part of this event. All attendees will receive a certificate of participation by email after the event.

Bookings close 6pm, Wednesday 25th July

Date: Tuesday 31st July
Time: 8:45am to 4:30pm
Venue: Meeting at Walker Park, Whitehorse
Cost: $38.00
Bookings: Through Eventbrite

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Knox Planting 

Date: Friday 4 May 2018, 5 – 7pm
Location: Colchester Reserve, corner Beresford Drive & Colchester Road, Boronia
What’s On: Planting, Nature Walk, Family Activities and fundraising BBQ
Bring: Sturdy footwear, light sabre, costumes, torch
RSVP: www.stickytickets.com.au/66478

Come dressed as your favourite Star Wars character - prizes for best costumes!

This event is supported by the Eastern Raptors Rugby League Club who are running a fundraising BBQ

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Manningham City Council, in partnership with Whitehorse City Council is inviting residents to attend seven free informative sessions which take you on a journey to smarter living.

The Smarter Living program is a wonderful opportunity to join some of Melbourne’s best known thrifty experts, gardeners and foodies as they share their stories, practical advice and secrets.

Wendy Harmer – ‘Stuff and War on Waste’ – Friday 27 April 2018, 7-9pm


Craig Reucassel – ‘War on Waste’ - Wednesday 30 May 2018, 7-9pm


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Eastern Region Active Travel

School active travel programs help build parental confidence to trust their children's abilities, avoid the 'fear' traps and share 'can'do' attitudes towards incremental independent, safe, active travel to school. 

When: Wednesday 9th May
Where: Federation Estate, 32 Greenwood Ave, Ringwood 
Time: 4:00pm to 6:30 pm.  
Bookings: Eventbrite

Each school is welcome to send up to five representatives and bookings can be made online at https://active-travel.eventbrite.com.au

Registrations close on Friday, 27 April 2018. See the What's News section for more information.

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Nature Play Week: Let’s go exploring

When: Tues, 17th April
Time: 10am-11am
Where: Yarran Dheran Nature Reserve, accessed from Ashburton Drive, Mitcham
Bookings: https://letsgoexploring.eventbrite.com.au
Cost: Free kids event!

Are you ready to adventure through the bush. Bring a small backpack, with your water, snack and a hat and off we go!

Meet at the Visitor Centre. Suitable for 2-5 year olds, siblings are welcome!

Nature Play: Nature’s Magic!


When: Tues, 15th May
Time: 10am-11am
Where: Yarran Dheran Nature Reserve, accessed from Ashburthon Drive, Mitcham
Bookings: https://magicalnature.eventbrite.com.au
Cost: Free!

Preschoolers are invited to spend an enchanted morning collecting leaves, feathers and other treasures to create their own magical wand and whimsical potions. Children are encouraged to come dressed up as fairies, nymphs, elms or goblins wearing suitable dress-ups for the days weather conditions. Please wear enclosed shoes. Gumboots are a good option. Suitable for 2-5 year olds, siblings are welcome!

Sustainable Living Week

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Sustainable Living Week is your chance to explore how you can make simple, lasting and inspiring life changes that can have a positive impact on the environment.

Come along to the many free events, including a gardening forum with Costa, cooking demonstration, a movie night, nature play for the kids and so much more!

For the entire schedule of events go to whitehorse.vic.gov.au/Sustainable-Living-Week.html

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Yarra Ranges

Follow Your Waste Tours

Each year, Yarra Ranges Council offers a limited number of free ‘Follow Your Waste’ tours to school groups (Grade 3 upwards) to visit a landfill site and recycling centre in the Dandenong area. The excursion is free of charge – the school is only required to cover the cost of mini-bus transport. A maximum of two classes of per school may attend. If your class is studying waste and recycling, and would like to learn more about what happens to the waste that is collected through our household bins, please contact our Sustainability Officer, Lisa Loulier, on 9294 6343.

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Are these in your calendar?

For the full month by month list of sustainability linked days please look at the EASL website. These can be great to link to topics happening over the year.

Supermarket Free


April - Supermarket Free Month

Sunday 22nd April – Earth Day

Wednesday 25th April – Anzac Day


May - International Respect for Chicken's Month

Tuesday 1st - Monday 7th May – International Composting Awareness Week

Friday 4th May – Play Outside Day

Sunday 13th May - World Migratory Bird Day 

Tuesday 22nd May – International Day for Biological Diversity

Wednesday 23rd May – World Turtle Day

Saturday 26th May – National Sorry Day

Saturday 26th May – Saturday 2nd June – National Reconciliation Week

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Tuesday 5th June – World Environment Day

Friday 8th June – World Oceans Day

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