Launch of Kreative Koalas in Goulburn

7 primary schools from the Southern Tablelands Region including Tallong P.S, Braidwood P.S, West Goulburn P.S, Breadalbane P.S, Young P.S and Mt Carmel in Yass and Tambelin Independent School, have signed up to participate in the Kreative Koalas Schools program. Teachers from the schools attended a launch event on the 21st June at Workspace 2580 in Goulburn to hear all about the program from Head Koala, Lynne Strong and the Kreative Koala team, Simon Tedder from Office of Environment and Heritage, Giselle Newbury from Southern Tablelands Arts and Mary Bonet from LachLandcare.

Sustainability ambassadors for the program gave an overview of what they could offer for the schools and potential programs that they are running which the schools may like to get involved including waste programs with councils, Landcare projects and glossy black cockatoo, superb parrot and other saving our species programs.

And its hard to imagine an event involving Koalas without our famous local Koala Mascot- Mr Cranky Koala, who took time from his busy schedule to show his support for the exciting new program.

The teachers were able to take their giant fibreglass Koalas and paint back to their respective schools ready for the program to get underway in term 3 with final presentation and awards scheduled for November.

Kreative Koalas is a project-based-learning STEM program designed to give students a greater understanding of sustainability and environmental issues.

Linked to the United Nations Global Goals for Sustainable Development, Kreative Koalas provides an avenue for students to discover and learn about sustainability issues such as climate change, threatened species, healthy landscapes, affordable clean energy and food security. Participating schools will be supported to create a community project and to present their ideas as artwork on a giant fibreglass koala. The creative koala will then be entered in a regional art competition.

It will run through semester 2 and each school will be linked with a sustainability ambassador depending on which Sustainable Development Goal they choose to work on.

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