Term 3 Newsletter - 2017

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Applications now open: Your school’s chance to visit The New Joneses!

EASL is now accepting applications from schools in the region to visit The New Joneses (TNJ) tiny house. A limited number of visits are available, so get in quick!
Since 2012, the multi-award winning ‘The New Joneses’ house aims to show us how we can all live more sustainable lives and how to create an equitable world through fun, thoughtful and less wasteful use of our finite resources. The newest version of The New Joneses house is the tiny house. It has a floor space of just 12.5 square meters, yet is able to sleep 4 adults and contain all the mod-cons for everyday living. Innovative sustainable features (such as solar panels, edible green walls, a fold down wall bed and more!) give a glimpse into how these could be implemented in our own homes and schools, and provides a platform for discussion.
The New Joneses reminds us that every choice we make, from the size of our house, to our bank, our energy company, to the food we buy has an impact. The New Joneses show some easy, every day choices we can make that are good for our people and our planet.
Where: Whitehorse City Council’s Civic Centre lawns (379 Whitehorse Rd, Nunawading)
When: Wednesday 11 and Thursday 12 October 2017
What: Each visit is for a class of 30 students (maximum) for a total duration of 1.5 hours on site. Each class will progress through 3 different 20-minute workshops, which cover the following topics:
  • Tour of The New Joneses tiny house
  • Getting waste-wise with composting
  • Renewable energy solutions
These visits are appropriate for late-primary school to secondary school students.

To enquire & apply: Contact your Council’s EASL representative (Visit: http://easl.com.au/contact-us). Applications close COB Friday 1 September 2017.
For more information about The New Joneses visit: www.thenewjoneses.com

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Entries now open for the ResourceSmart Schools Awards 2017

The ResourceSmart Schools Awards are now open to primary and secondary schools across Victoria. Celebrating a decade of inspiring sustainability achievements this year, the awards are a great opportunity to recognise the work of Victorian schools and their contribution to taking action on climate change.
Entries are invited from all government, independent or Catholic schools in Victoria in the following categories Biodiversity, Energy, Water, Waste, Community Leadership, Student Action Team and Teacher of the Year.
Two new categories have also been introduced in 2017:
  • School of the Decade - open to past and present ResourceSmart schools that demonstrate continuous commitment across multiple areas of sustainability; and
  • Leadership School of the Year - open to all current 3 to 5 Star ResourceSmart Schools that demonstrate an extensive commitment to leadership in sustainability.  
For entry tips, category information and to start an entry today, visit the awards website.

Entries close 8pm, Monday 31 July 2017
For more information, contact the ResourceSmart Schools Awards team on 1300 061 565 or email resourcesmartawards@sustainability.vic.gov.au 

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New tool for healthy eating

Food Checker WebsiteThe Healthy Eating Advisory Service provides information and tools to help with healthy food and drink options, including for early childhood services and schools.

Tools and online training are offered through their website. Including the recently launched FoodChecker that can be used to assess your menu, check product ratings and to provide a report with your results and recommendations for improvements.
Go to the Food Checker Website for more information.  

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Create a short film at school or with the local community for your chance to win!

With a pool of over $2,000 in cash and other prizes available to support litter reduction in your school, make sure you're in the running to win. It's easy, fun for students and links to the Victorian Curriculum F-10.

Films from students should demonstrate:

  • Involving the whole school to reduce litter in your school grounds OR
  • Reducing litter outside the school gates in your local community via campaigns such as Take 3 for the Sea or Clean Up Australia Day.

2017 THEME: Reducing litter at school and in our community makes a positive impact on our environment. Get creative and make it fun!

The Oh My Garbage! 2017 Short Film Competition is run by Environment Education Victoria (EEV). For more information, including prize and submission details, visit

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Upcoming Events

Term 3 PD: Composting - Feeding it Right

Throughout  2016 it became clear that food waste processing is a challenging project for many within the educational space. In Term 3, EASL is coordinating a Professional Development session on food waste and composting / worm farming in a school setting to provide some guidance and hopefully assistance to those with systems in place or those looking to set systems up. Chooktopia will be providing expert advice on composting systems can answer any of those niggling questions you have been wanting help with.   
Date: Tuesday 22nd August
Time: 4:30pm to 6:30pm
Venue: Mt Evelyn Christian School
Cost: Free!
Bookings: Places are limited, book now!



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ResourceSmart Schools - FREE Progress Workshop for the Eastern Metro Region

Join us for a day of facilitated support to help you progress towards certification of your next module and/or Star! Come along to share ideas with other teachers and strengthen local sustainability education networks. 

Date: Thursday 10th August
Time: 9:00am to 4:00pm (arrive 8:45am)
Venue: Auburn South Primary School, East Hawthorn
Cost: Free for up to 2 staff/parents per school
RSVP closes Friday 4th August

Lunch, tea/coffee and refreshments provided.

Places are limited, click here to book now!

For more information, please contact Nick Rickard, CERES ResourceSmart Schools Coordinator, Eastern Metropolitan Region: (03) 9389 0133 | nick.nickard@ceres.org.au.

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Term 4 PD: Venturing Outside the Classroom

We have heard a lot about teaching outside over recent times, but the question is often asked of how best to do it. This Professional Development Session will focus on some different approaches you can take to moving your lessons to an outdoor setting.

The day will be broken into two segments - the first segment will look generally at the types of outdoor areas that can be used, where you can find out more about them and some useful tips for planning your outdoor experiences.

The second segment will split attendees based on the age groups they are working with (early years, primary and secondary) and take them outside to try out a few fun activities that can be used when taking a class outside. Don't forget your walking shoes!

Morning tea and lunch is provided.

Date: Wednesday 4th October (second week of School Holidays)
Time: 10:00am to 2:00pm
Venue: Currawong Bush Park, 277 Reynolds Road, Donvale
Cost: Free!
Bookings: Through Eventbrite

Places are limited, click here to book now!

PLEASE NOTE: BOOKINGS CLOSE 6pm, Monday 2nd October 

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Council Updates


National Tree Day 2017
Knox City Council invites all those within the Knox community to participate in a Community Planting at Upper Ferntree Gully

Where: Ferny Creek Reserve - entrance along Ferndale Road and New Road, Upper Ferntree Gully
Date: Sunday 30 July 2017 
Time: 10am – 12pm

As well as tree planting there will be a range of family-friendly activities including school performances, sausage sizzle, face painting and art workshops.

This event is supported by Friends of Glenfern Green Wedge and Knox Environment Society.

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Smarter Living - Why We Should 'Give A Fork!' About Waste
Cassie Duncan is the Co-founder and General Manager of Sustainable Table, a not-for-profit organisation started in 2009 that empowers people to use their shopping dollar to vote for a food system that is fair, humane, healthy and good for the environment. Cassie is passionate about building a resilient local food system and believes that providing people with the tools and information to support their local producers, reduce food and packaging waste, reduce meat and seafood consumption, grow a little at home and embrace the seasons is a gigantic step in the right direction. Her book The Sustainable Table cookbook won Best Sustainable Food Book in Australia at the 2012 Gourmand World Cookbook Awards in Paris.

Manningham - Cassie -Duncan -Kissing -an -eggplantCassie will share her insights on the state of the planet’s food systems, mindful meat eating, sustainable seafood and practical things you can do to reduce your environmental impact through the food you eat.

Where: Manningham Civic Centre, 699 Doncaster Road
When: Wednesday 26 July 2017, 7.00pm - 9.00pm
Cost: Free
Bookings: Places are limited, book now

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Bag Tag It!

Local primary schools and their students are encouraged to participate in Walk to School 2017. Maroondah City Council, in partnership with VicHealth is supporting primary schools to become involved in the Walk to School Program. The program encourages children to walk or cycle to school as often as possible throughout October.

The Bag Tag It! competition will be launched in August and will give students the opportunity to design the bag tag that will be handed out to students from schools participating in Walk to School. Please visit the Maroondah website for details:

Local reserve in Maroondah now has a Social Script available
With professional assistance from Amaze Autism Victoria, Maroondah has produced a social script for Warrien Reserve in Warrien Road, Croydon North.

The social script can help people with autism, or others who may feel anxious in new places, to learn more about the reserve before they visit.

For more information and to access the script, please visit the Maroondah website: www.maroondah.vic.gov.au/WarrienReserveSocialScript

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Walk to School this October and be in the running for fantastic school prizes
Local primary school students will be walking to and from school more often, as part of VicHealth’s Walk to School month in October. The City of Whitehorse is supporting local primary schools to get involved in the initiative, which highlights the benefits of walking for children, such as improving fitness, confidence, friendships and the environment. Walk to School is a fun way to help kids get the 60 minutes of exercise they need each day. More information is available at www.walktoschool.vic.gov.au or http://www.whitehorse.vic.gov.au/Walk-to-School.html

Yarra Ranges 

Upcoming tree planting days in Yarra Ranges

  • Mt Evelyn – Saturday 12 August & Sunday 27 August, 10am – 4pm. Horseshoe Falls, Quinn Reserve Mt Evelyn. For more information, contact Ben Ellis on 0421 851 641.

Follow Your Waste Tours

Yarra Ranges Council offers a limited number of ‘Follow Your Waste’ tours to school groups (Grade 3 upwards) to visit a landfill site and recycling centre in the Dandenong area. 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 Yarra Ranges Council’s Sustainability Officer, Lisa Loulier, on 9294 6343.

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Upcoming Days of Significance

Are these in the calendar?

Friday 28th July - Schools Tree Day 

Visit the Planet Ark website to register your school today.

Saturday 12th to Sunday 20th August - National Science Week

Visit the Festival Page to Find Out More or Register Your Event

Tuesday 22nd to Monday 28th August - Keep Australia Beautiful Week

Visit the Keep Australia Beautiful Page to Find Out More About How To Get Involved

September - Biodiversity Month

The Department of Environment website has a number of tips that you can use to protect biodiversity and to help you create your own program this September. 

Tuesday 5th to Monday 11th September- National Landcare Week

Visit the website to find out more about how you or your workplace can get involved in Landcare

Thursday 7th September- National Threatened Species Day

Threatened Species Day is held each year on 7 September to commemorate the death of the last remaining Tasmanian tiger. Commemorate the day by running your own event or partner up with a local landcare or friends of group. 

Monday 2nd October - World Habitat Day

Stay tuned for the 2017 theme and check out the UN website for more information.  

Wednesday 18th October - National Ride 2 Work Day

You can find out more information on the bicycle network website.

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