‘Clean up Australia Day’ for schools was held on Friday 2nd March here at Engadine High School. The Student Sustainability Council along with Mrs de France and Ms Holz cleaned our school and local bush areas, collecting 14 bags of rubbish! A fantastic effort, Thank You All.
The students enjoyed a night safari tour before meeting some native reptiles up close. They then went to bed in the Backyard to Bush house surrounded by many strange and interesting insects and spiders!
In the morning they met the Tasmanian Devil zookeeper, and were privileged to witness the two Tassie Devils enjoy feeding time. Students learnt about the problems the species face, and the conservation efforts of the zoo to protect these amazing native animals.
For the first time the SSC embarked on the Zoo’s Wild Ropes tour, a tree tops ropes course over zoo exhibits. It was an awesome and rewarding challenge to complete the course which was at times quite scary!
The Student Sustainability Council attended the ‘Community of Schools on The Park’ training day at The Royal National Park on Thursday October.
The aim of the day is for high school students to create and prepare ‘Sustainable Workshops’ to deliver later on in the term to over 100 year 4 students from our 12 local primary schools at the‘Community of schools on the Park’s’ yearly leadership day.
The SSC worked in collaboration with The Royal National park Environmental education Officers, Julie Gallan and Jill Bell and students from Heathcoat High School, preparing informative, educational and above all a fun range of interactive activities and games that offer a ‘Sustainable’ message.
The hope for this program is that the younger students will take some of what they learnt back to their own schools and homes spreading their knowledge, appreciation and respect for our environment and becoming young leaders themselves.
November 25th and 26th the SSC participated in an annual zoo snooze.
At the zoo we were greeted by the friendly Taronga staff and were taken to their education centre, where we got to interact with some animals.
After a lovely dinner, we were taken on a night walk to enjoy the night life of the zoo. The walk was followed by a fireworks display which was a highlight of the night. A morning walk before zoo hours featured a behind the scenes experience which all the students found interesting. Overall zoo snooze was a amazing time.
On Monday 3rd November, the following Year 10 students: Isabella Coombes, Jazmin Bornholdt, Ashlee Dow and Chelsea Anevski attended the Georges River Environmental Education Centre, where they participated in a competition with four other high schools to come up with 2D and 3D plans to reduce the pollution of rubbish and runoff from storm water drains around the outskirts of the Georges River, Chipping Norton. After briefly surveying the area and following a design brief, the students then planned and created their 3D idea as well as putting together a power point presentation of their proposed ideas. Unfortunately the group did not take out the top spot; however all the projects presented were highly sophisticated models and clearly showed the imaginative and sophisticated ideas the next generation will be able to use to fix environmental problems and Re-think Run-off!
On Wednesday 29th October, Julie Gallan from the Royal National Park Environmental Education centre ran a IPad “Photography in Nature” workshop. Students were given the opportunity to explore our own bush regeneration area and take shots of the flora and fauna we have in our own backyard.
First place Taylor Wood Second Place Robyn van der Sanden Third Place Josh Wallace