Term 3 Newsletter - 2018

Term 3 Newsletter - 2018 Banner Image

In this edition

What's News

Upcoming Events

Council Updates

Upcoming Days of Significance

Biomes and food security

A range of resources have been developed for use in secondary schools based on the findings of the Foodprint Melbourne research project. The latest of these is resources to support the 'Biomes and food security' unit of the Year 9 geography curriculum. 
The Foodprint Melbourne research team has worked with the Geography Teachers' Association of Victoria to develop these resources.

The materials cover most outcomes for the 'Biomes and food security' unit of both the Victorian and Australian curriculum. The resources include teacher instructions and student worksheets, maps, GIS files, data sets, infographics and videos.

There are numerous other school resources available through this website. For more information or to download the resources, visit the Melbourne University website here

Back to top

Free Facilitator Support for ResourceSmart Schools

Funded spots are currently available in the ResourceSmart Schools program. A CERES facilitator will work with your school to help you achieve your sustainability goals. Support includes:

  • Face-to-face meetings with a dedicated CERES facilitator
  • Whole staff PD 
  • Professional learning workshops
  • Discounts on CERES excursion and incursion programs.

This is a great opportunity for your school to start or re-engage in the program with CERES Education. Click here to register your interest. 
 
For more information please contact:
Nick Rickard
ResourceSmart Schools Coordinator, Eastern Metropolitan Region
(03) 9389 0133 | nick.rickard@ceres.org.au

Back to top

Big Win for Platypus

It was recently announced that the Victorian State Government will ban the use of Opera House Nets in all waterways. This is a huge win as these enclosed yabby traps have been responsible for the tragic and horrible deaths of multiple platypus every year, almost pushing them onto the endangered list.
As an added bonus the government have initiated a buy-back scheme, so anyone who has an OHN can get them swapped for a platypus-safe yabby net. Every major retailer has agreed to stop selling these nets both in store and online before the ban even comes in to effect next July. 
Congratulations to every group and individual who has worked tirelessly educating the community about these dangers nets – hopefully our platypus friends can swim safely and freely now!

- Jen Ellison, Yarra Ranges Council

Back to top

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

Back to top

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

Excursion Itinerary:

  • Tour of VISY's Material Recovery Facility
  • Tour of Knox Transfer Station
  • Tour of Suez Landfill in Hampton Park

This will be a jam-packed day looking at what happens with our waste when it goes in the bin.
A bus will take attendees to all locations on the day. This will leave from Walker Park which has access to local public transport and parking for attendees. 

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

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

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

 

Back to top

CERES ResourceSmart Schools | Eastern Progress Workshop

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. 

Free for up to 2 staff/parents per school.
Lunch, tea/coffee and refreshments provided.

Date: Thursday 23 August 
Time: 9am to 4pm
Venue: Eastern Ranges School, Ferntree Gully
Cost: Free!
Bookings: RSVP here

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

Back to top

Royal Botanic Gardens Cranbourne | Professional Development Sessions

Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria provides an extensive range of professional development opportunities for teachers at all levels, all year round. To request a booking please contact the Bookings office.

Upcoming Professional Developments at Cranbourne:
Wednesday September 12th – Nature Play
Explore how to develop a natural outdoor play and learning space that can be centred around imaginative play; including cubby building, imaginative play with natural materials and the sensory world of plants.
Cost:$85
Wednesday October 24th – Health and Well Being
Through hands on outdoor workshops, discover ways to support your teaching and learning through fostering a sense of wellbeing in nature.
Cost:$85
 
More details to follow, to register your interest please contact:
T 03 9252 2358
edserv@rbg.vic.gov.au

Back to top

Royal Botanic Gardens Melbourne| Professional Development Sessions


Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria provides an extensive range of professional development opportunities for teachers at all levels, all year round. To request a booking please contact the Bookings office.

Upcoming Professional Developments at Melbourne:
Wednesday September 19th – Food Gardens for Learning & Play
Discover simple methods for successful compost, learn how to grow plants from cuttings, harvest, cook and share some delicious food from our organic kitchen garden.
Cost: $85
Wednesday October 10th – Health and Well Being
Through hands on outdoor workshops, discover ways to support your teaching and learning through fostering a sense of wellbeing in nature.
Cost: $85
More details to follow, to register your interest please contact:
T 03 9252 2358
edserv@rbg.vic.gov.au

Back to top

Knox

Knox City Council Community National Tree Day Planting Event

This year's National Tree Day events will be at the newly created wetlands at Colchester Reserve.
Join us for planting and fun family activities and support the local environment by contributing to this habitat corridor that will support the movement and provide food sources for local fauna species such as owls, bats, cockatoos, kookaburras, bees and possums.

Date: Sunday, 29 July 2018
Time: 10:00am - 12:00pm
Address: Colchester Reserve, Beresford Drive, Boronia 3155 (Melway Ref 65 D3).
Bring: Sturdy footwear

Back to top

Whitehorse

FREE  Recycling education sessions with Visy

A limited number of FREE in-house education sessions are available to Early Learning Centres, Kindergartens, Primary and Secondary schools in Whitehorse.

These recycling education sessions are designed to help students form a broader understanding of why recycling is important, what can and can’t be recycled in your household bin and what happens to recyclables once they leave the kerbside. Students will be taken on a journey through the recycling plant and explore how different materials are sorted and what they are made into at the end of the process.

Bookings can be made directly with Visy’s education coordinator by emailing natasha.primo@visy.com.au to arrange a session. Duration of each session is approximately 1 hour. Visy can accommodate between 1 - 3 classes in one session (up to 70 students). This can also be discussed in more detail with the education coordinator when making your booking.

Back to top

Yarra Ranges

Retrofitting our Suburbs with David Holmgren | Save the Date

Yarra Ranges Council has great pleasure in hosting a sustainability event on the evening of Friday 14th September at Box Hill Institute, Lilydale Lakeside Campus. Our key note speaker will be David Holmgren, one of the co-originators of the permaculture concept, and author of many books including his latest, RetroSurburbia: the downshifters guide to a resilient future.

This is a fantastic opportunity to hear David, one of Australia’s most engaging and visionary environmental thinkers, who will present his empowering vision for the future of Australian suburbs.

Bookings and other information will be made available in early August.
If you require further information ahead, please contact either Lisa Loulier or Julian Guess on 1300 368 333.

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.

Back to top

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.

July 

Wednesday 11th July – World Population Day

Friday 27th July – Schools Tree Day

Monday 30th July – International Day of Friendship

Tuesday 31st July – World Ranger Day

August 

Thursday 9th August – International Day of the World’s Indigenous People

Saturday 11 - Sunday 19th August – National Science Week

Sunday 12th August – International Youth Day

Monday 20 - Sunday 26th August – Keep Australia Beautiful Week

Sunday 26th August – Saturday 1st September – National Op Shop Week

September - Biodiversity Month

Saturday 1st September – Wattle Day

Tuesday 4 - Saturday 8th September – Kids Teaching Kids Week

Friday 7th September - National Threatened Species Day

Sunday 9th September – National Health and PE Day

Monday 17th September – Sustainable House Day

Tuesday 18 - Monday 24th September – Meat Free Week

Friday 21st September – World Gratitude Day

Friday 21st September – International Day of Peace

Saturday 22nd September – World Carfree Day

Monday 24th September – World Rivers Day

Back to top