The Tallangatta Student Environment Day was held at the Tallangatta Showgrounds on May 3rd for 144 students from the Towong Shire and involved Mitta Mitta, Kiewa Valley, Talgarno, Tallangatta, St. Michael’s, Eskdale and Upper Sandy Creek schools as well as some home-schooled students.
Students came together to learn about different aspects of the environment from local natural resource management groups such as North East Water, Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning, State Emergency Service, Petaurus Education, Towong Shire, North East Catchment Management Authority, North East Waste & Resource Recovery Group and Sustainability Victoria.
They learnt about water filtering, the web of life, recycling, river health, what to do in natural disasters, local weed identification and Aboriginal culture through art. The day also practised being waste wise through having a rubbish-free lunch, water wise through bringing refillable water bottles and the students also participated in a swap shop during lunchtime – giving toys, books and clothing they no longer wanted, another life.
As well as the Swap Shop, the students also had some special treats during the day with the helicopter landing on the oval and being able to explore the SES boat during lunchtime. The day was a huge success with both students and teachers learning a lot from local experts and enjoying having the opportunity to mix with other schools. They will share their learning and follow up on these workshops back at school.
The Student Environment Day is run in conjunction with the Towong Shire and coordinated by the North East Environment Education Directory (SEED) which is a uniquely North East Victorian initiative run through a partnership with North East Catchment Management Authority and North East Waste and Resource Recovery Group.
See below for pictures of each of the activities: