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                                  PO address             1588 Nudgee Road NUDGEE BEACH
                                  Phone                  07 32677811

                                  Fax                    07 32678144

                                  Email                  Info@nudgeebheec.edu.au
                                                         www.nudgeebheec.edu.au
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    Principal’s foreword
    Introduction
    Where is Nudgee Beach Environmental Education Centre?
    Nudgee Beach Environmental Education Centre (NBEEC) is situated in the suburb of Nudgee Beach, 19
    km from the centre of Brisbane city. NBEEC is located at 1588 Nudgee Road, Nudgee Beach. The area
    around Nudgee Beach includes the Bramble Bay section of the Moreton Bay Marine Park, with the
    Boondall Wetlands Reserve to the north and west, and the Kedron Brook Floodway and Brisbane Airport
    to the south.


    What does the Nudgee Beach Environmental Education Centre provide?
    N.B.E.E.C. offers a range of learning experiences via a “destination “model supporting current initiatives
    such as the Key Learning Areas of Science, Art, English, Health and Physical Education, and Studies of
    Society and the Environment.
    Students from Prep to Tertiary, visit for half or full days which engages students in learning experiences
    which cannot be readily created in classrooms. Visiting teachers collaborate with the Centre staff to align
    the curriculum focus and program content of the excursion with their classroom learning.
    Learning experiences vary, with wetlands and marine environments and their catchments as the main
    focus. Powerboats, canoes and tricycles are used to explore and investigate the reserve which is more
    than 600 ha in size. The areas used are ideal for studying conservation and development issues.


    In addition the centre is now moving into an “expert” role-where centre staff assist in the development of
    specific curricula material such as the development of the Cert 2 in Sustainable Energy (career start)
    which is an example of this mode of operation where collaboration with TAFE will deliver significant new
    curriculum initiatives for students in secondary schools.
    The third level of support for schools revolves around partnerships with school communities with centre
    staff repeatedly engaging with whole school communities including teacher PD and student learning in an
    ongoing partnership. These partnerships are developed over time and provide a strong base for
    significant change at a school level.



    Future outlook
    As the world has now awakened to the issues of Sustainability and reduction of consumption, the focus
    for 2009 will be to continue to extend the centre’s work with schools through the QESSI process. The
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release of the Education Queensland Statement on sustainability “Enough for All Forever” and the” Earth
Smart Environmental Sustainability Strategic Plan 2008-2012” for the Smart State will have an ongoing
impact on the centre and its focus with schools.
Staff and resources will be put towards developing School Environmental Management Plans (SEMP).
Primary schools across the district will work with centre staff in a “partnership” model, centre staff
repeatedly engaging with staff in professional development and curriculum development to collect base
line data, developing ways of reducing water, energy and waste while increasing their sites’ biodiversity
under the “Earth Smart Science Schools “ initiative.
Increasing awareness of these issues, the need for all government buildings to be carbon neutral and the
associated role schools can play in achieving reductions in consumption of resources and education
about sustainability issues will increase pressure on the centre to support these initiative.
Ongoing programs for schools will include learning experiences at the centre in a “destination” model,
“expert” model support for schools on specific issues and learning areas as well as “partnerships” with
schools though extended engagement to develop together teaching and learning experiences which link
curriculum to the Sustainability Strategic Plan.


School Profile
Nudgee Beach EEC visitation data for 2008
Full day students               3780
Student half days( QESSI)       225
Nights                          192
Teacher PD( including QESSI) 178


Offering learning experiences both in classrooms and in outdoor settings to students from Prep and Pre-
school to Year 12 and teacher PD
Educational experiences are offered to schools the centre works with classes most of whom are
coeducational.




Curriculum offerings
Our distinctive curriculum offerings
    Day visit travellers for Bunya To the Bay
    Kids Congress
    Environmental Expo
    Extension programs for middle schooling
    School based workshops on energy efficiency via the QESSI hub
    Development of the Certificate 2 in Sustainable Energy

Extra curricula activities
    The centre continues to support community engagement in Environmental Education though
     workshops, displays at community events.
    As part of the Brisbane north QESSI hub the centre continues to deliver workshops to school
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      communities and students.

How computers are used to assist learning
    Computers are used at the centre to assist teachers in developing the environmental/outdoor
     curriculum opportunities for students. As part of our extension programs students use computers in
     conjunction with digital cameras to create newsletters and manipulate digital images as art works
     and for displays. Post visit option activities include GPS software applications and GIMP computer
     image manipulation workshops.



Social climate
The current climate of interest in the environment and focus on sustainability has made the centre a focal
point for learning about the environment. Schools are becoming increasingly aware of the role they play in
developing both a utilities(outer work) based approach to the environment and (inner work) knowledge
based understanding of environmental issues. This centre is proactive in developing both of these aspects
of learning for sustainability.



Involving parents in their child’s education.
Accompanying parents are always welcomed at the centre and many of our early phase programs are
developed with the inclusion of parents in the program as integral to the maximisation of learning
outcomes. Middle school classes tend to have fewer parents accompany classes and we have only really
had an accompanying parent with senior phase students.
All visiting teachers are provided with information to assist in the preparation of parental assistants for the
day.
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 Qualifications of all teachers.

                      Number of
                      classroom                          Doctorate
  Highest level of                                       Post Graduate Diploma
                     teachers and
    attainment                                           Bachelor degree
                   school leaders at                     Diploma
                      the school                         Certificate


     Doctorate
                                                                 0%
                                           50%                                     50%
   Post Graduate
                            1
     Diploma



  Bachelor degree           1




      Diploma




     Certificate



Expenditure on and teacher participation in professional development.
   The total funds expended on teacher professional development in 2008 was $3540


  The major professional development initiatives are as follows:
   Through out the year all staff attended first aid and resuscitation training
   February          Bayside Centre’s PD day
   May               Bayside centre’s PD day
   May               Teaching staff and USO participation in Anaphylactic training
   July               Pupil free day full staff participation in QESSI PD
   July               Bayside centre’s PD day
   November          Principal and acting AO2 Intermediate Access training
   The involvement of the teaching staff in professional development activities during 2008 was
    100%.

Average staff attendance
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      For permanent and temporary staff and school leaders the staff attendance rate was high in 2008.

Proportion of staff retained from the previous school year.
    From the end of the 2007 school year, 100 % of staff were retained by the school for the entire
     2008 school year.




Value added
Environmental Education Centre’s provide a variety of services, value adding to school communities.
During the 2008 year students were given opportunities to access the centre as a destination, staff visits
to schools in an expert model and extended engagement with students and schools through the
partnership model.
Centre staff also provided support for teachers in a similar way with teachers attending Previsits on site in
a destination model for field experiences developed in consultation with classroom teachers. Specialist
PD was also provided to teachers with workshops in GIS application including a 3 day camp on Moreton
Island. The partnership with TAFE provided opportunities for teachers to gain competencies towards
receiving a Cert 2 in Sustainable Energy to classroom teachers.

				
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