Upcoming Wangaratta School Environment Day

Waste, water, energy, biodiversity, sustainable living, floods, fire and aboriginal art will all be among the topics of a major environmental education event coming up in Wangaratta.

Around 180 grade 5 students from the Wangaratta area will attend the North East School Environment Day at the BARR RESERVE COMMUNITY CENTRE, Park Lane, in Wangaratta, on Thursday 25th October, from 10am to 2pm.

The event is being coordinated by the North East School Environment Education Directory (SEED) as the last of its annual program of three regional workshops for 2018 and is being run in conjunction with the Rural City of Wangaratta.  SEED 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.

The Wangaratta School Environment Day will involve students from a number of local primary schools including Wangaratta West, Yarrunga, Whitfield, St. Bernard’s and St. Patrick’s.  Two local ResourceSmart schools – Galen College and Wooragee Primary School will be delivering workshops to their peers on the day as well as  some great workshops delivered by some local Natural Resource Management Groups including Landcare, Wangaratta Sustainability Network – Waste Wise Wangaratta & Boomerang Bags, EcoInquire, North East Water, the Rural City of Wangaratta, Goulburn Valley Water, SES, DELWP, Petaurus Education and North East Catchment Management Authority.

The organisation of the day includes practising what is preached.  Everyone is expected to be sun-smart, rubbish free and water wise, by bringing their own Rubbish-Free Lunch and refilling their water bottles at the North East Water supplied portable water refill station, slipping on sunscreen and slapping on a hat.  This event will also host a SEED Kids Swap Shop during lunchtime, where students can give a new life to a treasure that some-else no longer wants.

The student environment day represents the culmination of so many organizations working together to provide opportunities for schools and students to access experts in many fields of sustainability education.  All combine to provide a great educational experience for our local students.

Among other things, the attending students will learn about:

  • Giving old items a new life
  • Reducing plastics
  • Energy and electrical circuits
  • Sustaining Biodiversity
  • The effect of Coal Mining
  • Solar Energy
  • Aboriginal Art
  • Making Briquettes from waste paper
  • Water Filtering
  • How water bugs can tell us about the health of our rivers
  • How to be Waste Wise
  • Food Webs
  • Preparing for Natural Disasters
  • And understanding Fire

The School Environment Day provides a great opportunity for Natural Resource Management Organisations to educate the community about their area of environmental sustainability and for schools to gain knowledge and understanding in these areas.

The SEED website provides many curriculum materials and links to further information to support the learning of both teachers and students in environmental education enabling the learning from this day to continue back in the classrooms later.

For information about the Student Environment Day, please contact Linda Anania, SEED Project Support Officer, on 0413584705.