There are many schools across the SE region that are implementing nature play principles, supporting youth voice on addressing environmental issues and working towards a sustainable school site.
Here are some case studies highlighting some of the great initiatives that are being implemented in SE schools.
St Anthony’s Sustainability Program
In 2013 the desire to improve the sustainability of the school led to the school board approving the funding of an Environmental Sustainability Coordinator for the 2014 school year. Julian Rebellato, the school’s Science Coordinator, was the successful candidate and has allocated 3 days/week to oversee the Environmental Program. The principal has a keen interest in the Environmental Program and together with staff, School Board and the wider school community support the Program. Download the case study.
Naracoorte Nature Park Project
Naracoorte Primary’s Nature Park Project was initiated in 2011 with the development of grant applications and the dedication of a few teachers that banded together to create an interesting local project to engage students. The council owned and managed Nature Park borders a section of the school grounds and the park is supported by the Naracoorte Nature Park Development Board. Download the case study.
Mt Burr’s Sustainability Program
Mt Burr Primary School has a strong sustainability focus, with a culture of caring for the environment embedded in all areas of the curriculum. Year 6/7 teacher Lisa Scott describes the aim of the school’s sustainability programs as ‘engaging students in meaningful learning both within and outside school while enabling them to achieve learning intentions across multiple learning areas ’. The school has strong partnerships with Bunnings and Forestry SA as well as the South East NRM Education team. Download the case study.
Millicent Earth Care Program
Millicent High School and MCLC work in partnership to offer the Earthcare program, which begins during High School years and students can continue into Tertiary studies. At the heart of the program is the Millicent Biodiversity Nursery, where students from the school’s Forestry and Cultural programs work alongside Conservation and Land Management (CLM) students from the MCLC. The students are responsible for collecting seed, propagating and potting up native plants, and caring for the plants until they are mature; their plants are then used for several revegetation projects around the region, including at the school. Download the case study.