New name: renewed focus

WULN is pleased to announce a special education focused project for 2017, funded by the Victorian Government through the Victorian Landcare Programme. We will be taking a snapshot of opportunities to link Landcare and Sustainability programs and events in Albury-Wodonga with educational programs, developing Pathways to Landcare for educators from pre-school all the way to University.

Meanwhile our Sustainability Ed area has had a name change from WLSEN to LENS – the reshuffle simply being much easier on the tongue!

We look forward to connecting with you in 2017, to discuss your needs and opportunities.

Term 3 Gathering Report

Wodonga Local Sustainability Education Network term 3 gathering was held on Thurs 19th Sept at the old Leneva Primary school site. Doug McGhee gave us a guided tour of the work Belvoir School has been doing on the site and Amber Croft launched the new Sustainability in Schools Case Studies booklet. Anne supplied the superb sourdough fruit cake and billy tea which was very much appreciated on a cold late afternoon.

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Teacher PD Elearning Series

SEED Website Whats On Page Highlights

http://www.seed.vic.gov.au/WhatsOn.aspx

The 6 part online teacher PD sessions  have all been recorded on the Department of Education and Early Childhood Development (DEECD) Elluminate program.

To view and listen to a session please click on the topic you are interested. Each session goes for 1 hour.

Recycling Annie by Elsie Nielsen NevRwaste

Connect with your Class by Kerry Haddon Connect with your Class

Worm Farms by Rob Taylor Wangaratta Wonder Worms

What is Salinity and where is in NE Vic by Kylie Macreadie Department of Primary Industries

Tapping into Catchments  by Caz Humby (Waterwatch NECMA) and Diane Doyle (NEW)

Energy saving at your school by Karen Retra North East Greenhouse Alliance

Bee Hotels

In this short movie on the ABC Goulburn Murray website, permaculture teacher, Ecoportal driver and WLSEN member Karen Retra explains how she creates 5 start accommodation for native bees in her garden

http://www.abc.net.au/local/videos/2013/03/01/3701533.htm

Blue spotted bee

The blue spotted bee shown above was found at Baranduda in January 2013 and Glenda Datson of Baranduda Landcare wrote this post
http://wodongaurbanlandcarenetwork.org.au/blc/2013/05/07/blue-spotted-bee/

NAB Schools First Awards – WULN support available

National Australia Bank Schools First Awards – Applications are now open to all schools within Australia for grants of $5,000 to $200,000 to provide students with resources, knowledge and expertise to face the challenges of the twenty-first century through community partnerships.

This year, themes are based on areas that schools around Australia are already engaged in within their communities and address a variety of student needs. The themes include: Living sustainably/ Being active and well/Caring for your community/ Embracing diversity/ Asia ready/ Work ready/ Entrepreneurial spirit/ Open. These eight themes can also be used as ‘thought starters’ across the Seed Funding and Student Award categories to help you and your students think about the different ways that students needs can be met by partnering with the community.

For more detailed information on the themes click here. For more information on the program and to see past funded projects, go to http://www.schoolsfirst.edu.au/

Applications close 28-Jun-2013

WULN and Parklands Albury-Wodonga would be very happy to discuss a partnership with any Wodonga school seeking funds for environmental works through this grant. We can assist with planning, supporting your application and delivery of your project. Please contact WULN Facilitator Anne Stelling on 0428 565 195.