17/06/2013

Costa Georgiadis launched EnviroMentors® module at Auburn School

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Newington Public School was at the centre of the launch of a new module by the State’s leading face-to-face mobile environmental education program EnviroMentors today.

EnviroMentors, an initiative of Keep Australia Beautiful NSW is the State’s leading environmental education program for primary schools. Through curriculum-linked interactive workshops, simple yet effective messages are communicated to almost 40,000 students a year. In 2012 our education unit visited well over 300 Public, Private and Independent Primary Schools across NSW and the ACT.

Today the EnviroMentors visited Newington Public School and delivered the new ‘Schoolyard Harvest’ module. The module guides students through the steps involved in creating and caring for their own vegetable garden at school or at home. Through songs, drama, vegetable planting, visual garden representations and the construction of recipes, students discover the life cycle of a plant, the needs of plants and appropriate plant selection for their area.

Television personality and host of ABC’s ‘Gardening Australia’ Costa Georgiadis was on-hand to launch the new module. The gardening guru was a big hit with the students and was delighted with the module’s focus on gardening being a sustainable activity for all.

“Schoolyard Harvest is all about engaging primary school students directly with the living systems that are surrounding them, but it’s doing it in a really hands on way,” Costa Georgiadis said.
“What I like most about it is that it’s putting a vocabulary, visual and hands-on connection to the kids and the world around them.

“EnviroMentors makes it fun, they capture the kids’ imaginations and get them thinking with their hands, eyes, ears and ultimately their mouths. It’s practical and it works.”

The launch featured an interactive video on previous EnviroMentors ‘Schoolyard Harvest’ workshops and four rotating stations for students from Years 1 and 3, each showcasing an activity from the ‘Schoolyard Harvest’ module.

Year 3 student Ina Jeung, Newington Public School, was amongst others who learned about chicken keeping, planting activities, harvesting and crops through a range of practical and interactive activities.

“I learnt that chickens are a good for keeping and they give us lots of eggs,” she said.
“My favourite part of today was when we got to plant our own seeds and learn that strawberries need some shade and some sun.”

David Imrie, CEO of Keep Australia Beautiful NSW, said the new module adds to the already vast range of environmental issues covered in EnviroMentors workshops. The launch will also celebrate the 16 year strong relationship between Auburn City Council and the program.

“The implementation of this module acknowledges the program’s strong success in educating community groups and consulting schools on a wide-range of environmental matters state-wide,” Mr. Imrie said.

“Auburn City Council has shown outstanding commitment to educating the local community about sustainability and how to care for their environment.
“Their ongoing participation not only represents a responsible approach to environmental management, but a dedication to their role as environmental caretakers.”

The new ‘Schoolyard Harvest’ module is a result of KABNSW receiving the prestigious and highly competitive NRMA Insurance community grants. Mr. Fothergills and Brunnings also kindly donated seeds and propagation trays respectively.

For more information about EnviroMentors™ and Keep Australia Beautiful NSW, visit www.knswb.org.au.

The EnviroMentors™ program is generously sponsored by The Wrigley Company and Macquarie Generation.

For media information contact: James Mahon, Media & Communications Manager, Keep Australia Beautiful NSW P: (02) 9633 3380 E: media@knswb.org.au

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