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Kings Park Education News

Term 4 – 2013

Welcome to Kings Park Education

Kings Park Education inspires understanding of Western Australia’s unique plants, people and places and the role we can all play in a sustainable future.

To make a booking for one of our interactive education programs, special events, professional learning or self-guided excursions, please contact our Education Bookings Officer on (+61 8) 9480 3638 or email education@bgpa.wa.gov.au.

Kulunga Katitjin Festival a great success!

School children at the Kulunga Katitjin Festival. Photo: R. Swanborough.Thank you to all presenters, volunteers and local primary schools that attended the 2013 Kings Park Festival this September. Over 2,000 school children converged on the Western Australian Botanic Garden for the inaugural Kulunga Katitjin Festival that celebrated Aboriginal culture and environmental sustainability. Despite the sporadic showers, it was a very successful day out with students visiting more than 30 eco-educational stalls including traditional Nyoongar storytelling, boomerang painting, tool-making and much more.

Congratulations to Richard Glowacki, Year 7 teacher from Hillcrest Primary School, who won a $100 Aspects of Kings Park gift voucher and two copies of the ‘Chunyart and the Cheeky Parrot’ storybook for his feedback submission. Thanks to The International School's Year 3 student Niamh for the following testimonial:

Aboriginal dance at the Kulunga Katitjin Festival. Photo: R. Swanborough.'Thank you for taking the time to organise this busy event. I think you did really well and I think that you helped everyone to learn something new. I learned how to do an aboriginal dance. My favourite activity was the Spineless Wonders because I love animals and the man was so helpful. The stick bugs were so good at camouflage that when I showed them to my friend she still couldn’t see them. My second favorite thing was painting the boomerangs. Thanks again for organising this magnificent and cultural event. I hope I can come again next time.'

Kings Park Education raises the bar

Kings Park Education wins 2013 Banksia Award.Rio Tinto Naturescape Kings Park and Kings Park Education have ‘raised the bar’ in environmental education at the 25th Banksia Sustainability Awards. Kings Park’s unique education facility was announced the national winner of the highly competitive Education - Raising the Bar Award earlier this month, which recognises excellence in sustainability and innovation. The Judges found this to be a key educational success based on the synergy of mixing unstructured play with structured programs to encourage exploration and learning. Kings Park Education’s explorative and inquiry-based learning approach plays an important role in connecting WA children with nature, which contributed heavily to the award recognition. Read more…

'Aussie Flowers Got Talent' in Term 4 theatre show

School children with the Adorable Florables. Photo: R. Swanborough.As the weather warms up, it is the perfect time to book an outdoor excursion to Kings Park. Get in quick for Kings Park’s special end-of-year excursion, combining a fun-filled day in Rio Tinto Naturescape Kings Park with a hilarious theatre show. Which of your students will win the ‘Aussie Flowers Got Talent’ contest and join the Adorable Florables in the bush garden? Who will be brave enough to become a weed warrior and stop the noxious, toxious Bridal Creeper and her creepy, weed gang from taking over the native garden? Contact the Education Bookings Officer to reserve your place.

Register now for the 2014 program

Discover new Kings Park Education school programs in 2014. Photo: R. Swanborough. Receive your 2014 Kings Park Education program hot off the press and start the school year with a Kings Park excursion! Contact the Education Bookings Officer today and register for your free copy. Get a glimpse of our exciting new programs which will address the new Australian Geography Curriculum. Bookings are filling up fast for Term 1 already, so get in quick to reserve your school’s place.

News in brief

  • Celebrate Bird Week (19–25 October) and meet your winged-neighbours. Vote for Australia’s favourite bird in the first-ever feathery election held by BirdLife Australia.
  • Everyone loves their parks in the summer. With the warmer months approaching, Rio Tinto Naturescape Kings Park will be very busy, so please plan your visit and be aware of the conditions of entry.

We look forward to seeing you soon in Kings Park and Botanic Garden.

Kings Park Education, Botanic Gardens and Parks Authoriy
Fraser Avenue, West Perth, Western Australia 6005
Tel (08) 9480 3652 • Fax (08) 9480 3601 • Email education@bgpa.wa.gov.au
www.bgpa.wa.gov.au/education

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