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Kings Park Education Newsletter

 

Welcome to the 2nd edition of Kings Park Education's new quarterly e-Newsletter for schools.

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Yours sincerely,
Charlotte Vaughan
Education Coordinator



Welcome to the  Kings Park Education Newsletter - Term 2


Sneak Peak at Rio Tinto Naturescape in Kings Park

Hands on Learning at Kings ParkRio Tinto Naturescape Hands on LearningDo you remember what it was like as a child to run free in nature...?

Now your students can experience the thrill with Kings Park’s new approach to learning in 2012. Rio Tinto Naturescape in Kings Park is a new facility supporting programs to immerse children in nature. The centre for formal learning is combined with an outdoor discovery space to connect children with nature in an entertaining and hands on environment.

To be one of the first to experience this new facility, register now for a free teacher preview.  Come along to our sundowner on Tuesday 9 August, 3.30 – 5.30pm or enjoy brunch in the bush on Saturday 13 August, 10am – 12pm. Contact Charlotte Vaughan on 9480 3652 or email education@bgpa.wa.gov.au to register.

 

2011 Poster Exhibition: Calling Budding Artists to Decorate the Park  

With planning well under way for the 2011 Kings Park Festival, we are delighted to call all budding artists to Kings Park. The annual Poster Exhibition, taking place amongst the celebrations of the Wildflower Festival in September, invites all Western Australian schools to submit up to five spectacular posters reflecting this year’s theme, “Life is better with trees.”

The exhibition not only encourages students to get creative, but acts as an innovative way to educate both students and visitors about the importance of trees in our daily lives.

By collaborating with young West Australians, the stunning collection of posters displayed each year presents a fresh and colourful portrayal of our magnificent state.Kings Park Festival Poster Exhibition 1Kings Park Festival Poster Exhibition 2

If you wish to involve your school in this year’s Poster Exhibition, please contact Madeleine Williams at madeleine.williams.student@bgpa.wa.gov.au  or every Tuesday on 9480 3638.

Criteria for the project will be emailed out on request, with submissions required by COB Friday 12 August.


Grow Your Own
Start Preparing Now for Winter Rains

With the promise of thirst quenching winter rains on the horizon,  late autumn is the ideal time for planting.   Native plants thrive in soils in which they naturally grow. However, it may help to add organic materials to a new garden bed. If the soil is water-repellent, address this before planting.   Some plants that grow well in home gardens are growing in the ‘Backyard Botanicals’ garden outside Zamia Café in Synergy Parkland.   For help with home gardening questions phone Kings Park Volunteer Master Gardeners on 9480 3672.  



Experience Nyoongar Culture in Term 2 NAIDOC Week

In preparation for NAIDOC week (school week 4-8 July) Kings Park Education is spending Term 2 connecting with the land.  Be one of the first to walk the new Boojda Gnarning Trail in the Botanic Garden with Kings Park’s new Aboriginal Cultural Education Officer.  Wadjuk Wandering offers a range of Nyoongar Cultural programs for pre-primary to year 12 students.   Discover how plants were used for survival, the importance of celebration and the changes Nyoongar communities have encountered since European colonisation.  Wadjuk Wandering will encourage your students to explore the strong connection people have with the land.


Don’t forget to book your place this September for QUIZ ON LEGS!


The Kings Park Festival ‘Big Green Day Out’  for primary schools - Quiz of Legs:  Exploring science, society and the environmental for a sustainable future is on the Wednesday 28 September. With over 25 different hands-on activities from many of Perth’s leading environmental education organisations, students will be activelyQuiz on Legs engaged in all aspects of sustainability.  An array of activities include art, theatre, music,  Aboriginal culture and captivating native animals – there’s so much to experience at this unique event – don’t let your class miss out!  For more information click on
http://www.bgpa.wa.gov.au/education/schools/special-programs-and-events



We hope to see you soon in Kings Park.


Kings Park Education, Kings Park and Botanic Garden
Fraser Avenue, West Perth, WA 6005
Tel: (08) 9480 3652 Fax: (08) 9480 3601
www.bgpa.wa.gov.au/education
 
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