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Wangaratta Student Environment Day - 2019

Around 150 students attended the Wangaratta Student Environment Day on Oval 1 at the Barr Reserve on October 24th  to participate in hands-on workshops delivered by local natural resource management experts including the Resource Management team from the Rural City of Wangaratta, North East Water, Landcare, Parks Victoria, the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning, the State Emergency Service, Wangaratta Sustainability Network and Done-By-Dunn Art.    The Student Environment Day is run as part of the North East SEED project (Schools Environmental Education Directory) which is funded by the North East Catchment Management Authority in partnership with North East Waste and Resource Recovery Group.  This day was also sponsored by the Rural City of Wangaratta.  This event is a wonderful example of so many organizations working together to deliver quality environmental education to students in our region.

Participating schools included St. Patrick's PS, St. Bernard's, PS, St. Mary's PS (Rutherglen), Cathedral College, Yarrunga PS, Carrarargarmungee and Everton PS.  Students gained an understanding of the local river catchment areas and examined macro-invertebrates found in the local river and researched what that told them about the health of the river.  They also learnt about  how and why water is filtered so it is fit for them to drink in their homes.  They learnt lots about the local fauna by exploring the eco-systems of the Pygmy Possums and Bogong Moths as well as the food web of the Barking Owl and then became Bush Detectives by investigating animal footprints, poo and skulls and skeletons. They looked at why soft plastics are so bad for the environment and how long it takes different items to break down, after which they enjoyed making some Boomerang Bags from old T-shirts to replace the plastics.  They also learnt about how to survive when the environmental conditions become extreme such as in fires and floods. Use was also made of the local community centre to demonstrate its sustainable features such as solar energy and LED lighting together with an understanding of different renewable and non-renewable energy sources.  The Aboriginal Art was also extremely popular, with students painting whilst learning about aboriginal culture and how the aboriginals cared for their land.   The most disappointing thing about the day was that everyone couldn't go to everything.  However schools were split up to ensure someone from each school was able to attend each presentation so that they could then all share their learning back at school afterwards.

The day practiced being waste wise through having a rubbish-free lunch and, water wise through bringing refillable water bottles and refilling them at the NE Water’s portable refill station.   Secondary Students from Galen College conducted a  swap shop during lunchtime for the participants – giving toys, books and clothing they no longer wanted, another life and therefore keeping them out of landfill.  The day was quite hot, but with the shady surrounds and the addition of several marquees, in addition to Sun Smart practices of hats and sunscreen, all participants were able to escape the heat. 

 Check out some of the activities partaken in on the day:

Boomerang Bags - WSN

Aboriginal Art - Done-by-Dunn Art

Water Filtering - North East Water

Eco-Systems - Landcare

Understanding Fire - DELWP

Sustainable Electricity - RCoW

Bush Detectives - Parks Victoria

A web of life - RCoW

Natural Disasters - SES

Waste Timeline - WSN

Water Bugs - RCoW for NECMA

Group Assembly - seeking shade


 

 

 

Wangaratta Student Environment Day - 2019

Around 150 students attended the Wangaratta Student Environment Day on Oval 1 at the Barr Reserve on October 24th  to participate in hands-on workshops delivered by local natural resource management experts including the Resource Management team from the Rural City of Wangaratta, North East Water, Landcare, Parks Victoria, the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning, the State Emergency Service, Wangaratta Sustainability Network and Done-By-Dunn Art.    The Student Environment Day is run as part of the North East SEED project (Schools Environmental Education Directory) which is funded by the North East Catchment Management Authority in partnership with North East Waste and Resource Recovery Group.  This day was also sponsored by the Rural City of Wangaratta.  This event is a wonderful example of so many organizations working together to deliver quality environmental education to students in our region.

Participating schools included St. Patrick's PS, St. Bernard's, PS, St. Mary's PS (Rutherglen), Cathedral College, Yarrunga PS, Carrarargarmungee and Everton PS.  Students gained an understanding of the local river catchment areas and examined macro-invertebrates found in the local river and researched what that told them about the health of the river.  They also learnt about  how and why water is filtered so it is fit for them to drink in their homes.  They learnt lots about the local fauna by exploring the eco-systems of the Pygmy Possums and Bogong Moths as well as the food web of the Barking Owl and then became Bush Detectives by investigating animal footprints, poo and skulls and skeletons. They looked at why soft plastics are so bad for the environment and how long it takes different items to break down, after which they enjoyed making some Boomerang Bags from old T-shirts to replace the plastics.  They also learnt about how to survive when the environmental conditions become extreme such as in fires and floods. Use was also made of the local community centre to demonstrate its sustainable features such as solar energy and LED lighting together with an understanding of different renewable and non-renewable energy sources.  The Aboriginal Art was also extremely popular, with students painting whilst learning about aboriginal culture and how the aboriginals cared for their land.   The most disappointing thing about the day was that everyone couldn't go to everything.  However schools were split up to ensure someone from each school was able to attend each presentation so that they could then all share their learning back at school afterwards.

The day practiced being waste wise through having a rubbish-free lunch and, water wise through bringing refillable water bottles and refilling them at the NE Water’s portable refill station.   Secondary Students from Galen College conducted a  swap shop during lunchtime for the participants – giving toys, books and clothing they no longer wanted, another life and therefore keeping them out of landfill.  The day was quite hot, but with the shady surrounds and the addition of several marquees, in addition to Sun Smart practices of hats and sunscreen, all participants were able to escape the heat. 

 Check out some of the activities partaken in on the day:




Boomerang Bags - WSN Aboriginal Art - Done-by-Dunn Art Water Filtering - North East Water



Eco-Systems - Landcare Understanding Fire - DELWP Sustainable Electricity - RCoW



Bush Detectives - Parks Victoria A web of life - RCoW Natural Disasters - SES

 Waste Timeline - WSN
Water Bugs - RCoW for NECMA  Group Assembly - seeking shade

 

Wangaratta Student Environment Day - 2019

Around 150 students attended the Wangaratta Student Environment Day on Oval 1 at the Barr Reserve on October 24th  to participate in hands-on workshops delivered by local natural resource management experts including the Resource Management team from the Rural City of Wangaratta, North East Water, Landcare, Parks Victoria, the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning, the State Emergency Service, Wangaratta Sustainability Network and Done-By-Dunn Art.    The Student Environment Day is run as part of the North East SEED project (Schools Environmental Education Directory) which is funded by the North East Catchment Management Authority in partnership with North East Waste and Resource Recovery Group.  This day was also sponsored by the Rural City of Wangaratta.  This event is a wonderful example of so many organizations working together to deliver quality environmental education to students in our region.

Participating schools included St. Patrick's PS, St. Bernard's, PS, St. Mary's PS (Rutherglen), Cathedral College, Yarrunga PS, Carrarargarmungee and Everton PS.  Students gained an understanding of the local river catchment areas and examined macro-invertebrates found in the local river and researched what that told them about the health of the river.  They also learnt about  how and why water is filtered so it is fit for them to drink in their homes.  They learnt lots about the local fauna by exploring the eco-systems of the Pygmy Possums and Bogong Moths as well as the food web of the Barking Owl and then became Bush Detectives by investigating animal footprints, poo and skulls and skeletons. They looked at why soft plastics are so bad for the environment and how long it takes different items to break down, after which they enjoyed making some Boomerang Bags from old T-shirts to replace the plastics.  They also learnt about how to survive when the environmental conditions become extreme such as in fires and floods. Use was also made of the local community centre to demonstrate its sustainable features such as solar energy and LED lighting together with an understanding of different renewable and non-renewable energy sources.  The Aboriginal Art was also extremely popular, with students painting whilst learning about aboriginal culture and how the aboriginals cared for their land.   The most disappointing thing about the day was that everyone couldn't go to everything.  However schools were split up to ensure someone from each school was able to attend each presentation so that they could then all share their learning back at school afterwards.

The day practiced being waste wise through having a rubbish-free lunch and, water wise through bringing refillable water bottles and refilling them at the NE Water’s portable refill station.   Secondary Students from Galen College conducted a  swap shop during lunchtime for the participants – giving toys, books and clothing they no longer wanted, another life and therefore keeping them out of landfill.  The day was quite hot, but with the shady surrounds and the addition of several marquees, in addition to Sun Smart practices of hats and sunscreen, all participants were able to escape the heat. 

 Check out some of the activities partaken in on the day:




Boomerang Bags - WSN Aboriginal Art - Done-by-Dunn Art Water Filtering - North East Water



Eco-Systems - Landcare Understanding Fire - DELWP Sustainable Electricity - RCoW



Bush Detectives - Parks Victoria A web of life - RCoW Natural Disasters - SES

 Waste Timeline - WSN
Water Bugs - RCoW for NECMA  Group Assembly - seeking shade