Eastern Suburbs Sustainable Schools Network

Wild play, creating maps and sharing stories

We had a wonderful end of year meet up at Centennial Park last week. 

We explored the new Ian Potter Wild Play Garden... including the slide, water play and tunnels! And discovered the philosophy behind the need for a safe space for children to test their boundaries and take calculated risks.

Sam Crosby and educator at the Park’s Discover Centre, led us in a mud mapping exercise. In teams our teachers had to create a 3-D map of a specified area using sticks, stones and other natural items they could find. They then had to find a hidden object following another team’s map. It was lots of fun for us adults so you can imagine how much fun kids would have with this whilst learning valuable skills.

Discussions followed about how this activity can be used to teach geography and mapping skills from early learning up to high school.

Teachers also shared with the group stories about their achievements this year and what they need help with. There is a summary of this here.

The group left feeling fully charged with energy and ideas and ready to take on new projects next year.

Happy and safe holidays to all and we look forward to working with you in 2018.

We hope you can join us for the next meeting...

WHEN: Tuesday 20 Febuary 2018
TIME: 3:45pm - 5:15pm 
WHERE: TBC

Bookings essential

Booking details to follow.

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Claim teacher professional learning accreditation for attending meetings

DEC teachers who attended our ESSSN meetings can now log in through their DEC portal and register for two hours of accredited professional learning. As long as you turn up and sign in you will be accredited.

DoE teachers can apply through MyPL on Course Code: NR09055 under DoE course 'Sustainabiliy Networks'.

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About the ESSSN network

The Eastern Suburbs Sustainable Schools Network (ESSSN) welcomes local parents,  teachers and early childhood educators wanting to network and share ideas about school sustainability.

The Network is coordinated between WaverleyWoollahra and Randwick Councils, who plan the meetings, organise guest speakers and workshop activities. The Council’s work in a variety of ways to support early learning centres, through to high schools to implement real life sustainability learning. If you want to be kept informed about upcoming meetings make sure you are on your Councils contact list by emailing the relevant Council your details. Council contact information is below.

At the end of each school year, the ESSSN hold the Sustainable School Awards, where schools and early learning centres are rewarded for their outstanding sustainability achievements.

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Council contacts

Feel free to get in contact if you have any questions or ideas about the Network.