Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Nano's Nature Nurturers

Nano’s Nature Nurturers
Meeting held at Nano Cottage - St Michael’s Primary Blacktown South
                                                             3 March 2011

Present:       Charlotte Gourlie, Anne-Marie Friend, Gai Clark: St Michael’s        
                   Clare Maloney: Itinerant Teacher: Communication – CEO
Apologies:    Michael Siciliano: St Michael’s, Zhan Patterson: BCC             
Reflection:   ‘We should continue to experiment with educational technology, but we should also preserve a crucial place for unwired, unplugged and unconnected learning.Mark Bauerlein

  1. The reduction of items in ‘Lost Property’ is encouraging – Anne-Marie will investigate a labelling company, to give parents the opportunity to have all school uniforms clearly labelled … thank you Anne-Marie!
  2. Anne-Marie is now the contributor for the ‘Friends of Our Earth’ section in the fortnightly school newsletter. Any relevant items to Anne-Marie, a week in advance please.
  3. Clean up Australia Day will be held at St Michael’s on Friday 11 March … thank you Charlotte for organising this event!
  4. Charlotte represented St Michael’s at the Parramatta Learning Community for Sustainability meeting, which was held at St John’s Primary Riverstone on Wednesday 16 February. Clare represented CEO. The next meeting will be held on Wednesday 8 June, at St Patrick’s Primary Blacktown, at 2pm. The showcase will be the Kitchen Garden and the new Cottage!
  5. Clare will submit an application to Landcare for a $1000 grant through the Education Environment Award. If successful the funding will be used to securely fence around Nano Cottage Kitchen Garden, as two miniature calves will be taking up residence at Nagle Farm soon and memories of Taco, the calf, jumping the garden fence are still fresh!
  6. The idea of promoting ‘Nudie Food’ containers for students lunches was again discussed … maybe this could be promoted through ‘FOOE’?
  7. The school has now registered for the ‘Mobile Phone’ muster … see Charlotte for further details … thank you Charlotte!     
  1. ‘Earth Hour’ is on Saturday 26 March and students and their families will be reminded to participate via ‘FOOE’, in the newsletter. Teachers will be encouraged at ‘Staff Briefing’ to have a regular ‘Earth Hour’ at least once a week.
  1. School or class leaders will be asked to make posters to place around the school, encouraging all students to be ‘Friends of Our Earth’…exemplary students will be given an ‘FOOE Award’ at a school assembly. Such jobs may include: turning off lights, fans and monitors, picking up rubbish, watering plants, composting at NCKG, reporting leaking taps, researching current environmental issues, etc!
  1. The school newsletter prior to the next NNN meeting (thank you Anne-Marie!) will invite interested parents to come to the library at 3.20pm and add their wisdom to the group … Gai will check with Judy re the availability of the library on that day?  thank you Gai!         
Next Meeting: 3.20pm Monday 23 May -Term 2 in the Library …                                                                             thank you Judy!
                              ALL WELCOME
                       Website of interest: www.citychicks.com.au                
NNN meeting 3/3/11

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