ENVIRONMENTAL EDUCATION CENTRE
ENVIRONMENTAL EDUCATION IN
Paluma Environmental Education Centre
PO Box 4116
Vincent Qld 4814
Townsville: Phone (07) 4772 9555
Fax (07) 4772 9500
Paluma: Phone (07) 4770 8528
Fax (07) 4770 8593
Kitchen: Phone (07) 4770 8579
Fax (07) 4770 8612
PALUMA ENVIRONMENTAL EDUCATION CENTRE
PRE-EXCURSION PLANNING WORKSHOP
Planning Workshop Lesson Plan 1
Centre Vision and Statement of Purpose 2
Values and Beliefs Statement 3
Earth Smart Science 4
2010 The Year of Environmental Sustainability 5
Health and Safety issues summary 6
For detailed information, see our Health and Safety Policy (pink booklet)
Planning your unit of work
Borrowing resources from us 6
Constructing your unit outline 6
Setting a date for a class pre-visit 6
Teacher Checklist (also in our Prospectus) 7 and 8
Record your pre-visit details 9
TEACHER PLANNING WORKSHOP
Personal comfort - tea/ coffee/ refreshments/ amenities
Feedback survey on this workshop
The Teacher as Researcher
Learning for Sustainability – slide show 15 minutes
Introduction to Case Writing and the reflection process. Brief the listener. – 10 minutes
Read & reflect upon one Case Story – 10 minutes
Responses to the Case Story – 15 minutes
The listener‟s insights – 10 minutes
Distribute copies of the Pedagogies Checklist – 3 minutes
Information about PEEC and references for Learning for Sustainability (refer pp. 3&4 Planning Workshop
Where does environmental education fit into the School Curriculum Plan?
Values-based education – FutureFit21C – Educating the global citizen
PEEC‟s new Strategic Goals, Vision & Statement of Purpose
Logistics of the excursion
Using the Teacher Checklist (also in our Prospectus annually)
Health and Safety issues summary (refer pink Health and Safety Policy booklet)
Ensuring informed consent - parents and principal
Education Queensland Medication and First Aid procedures
No Smoking/ No Alcohol policy
Special Needs students
Special medical or religious dietary requirements
Safety Transport Vehicle
Adult Supervision levels and expectations
Contact telephone numbers and Paluma information map to be shared with parents and principal (at back
of grey booklet as well)
Contents of the rest of the Planning Workshop handout package
Planning your Unit of Work
Choosing a program - from the programs described in the blue Teacher's Excursion Program Guide, or
make up your own
Brainstorming your unit plan - start by entering the Essential Learnings of the focus KLAs of your chosen
Borrowing resources from us
Setting a date for a class pre-visit
The Feedback Survey
Happy Active Citizens for a Sustainable World
STATEMENT OF PURPOSE
Working together with students, teachers and local communities in North
Queensland to create a sustainable world
Values and Beliefs Statement
Aligned to Goals from Paluma EEC 2009 – 2013 Business Plan
Goal 1. Leading Education for Sustainability in North Queensland
We believe that implementing environmental education for sustainability is essential to the development in students of a futures
perspective and is essential to the long term survival of mankind as a species.
We believe there are benefits to students in working in the real world. Our curriculum programs will all be undertaken in the natural
environment, mostly in the tropical rainforest around Paluma. In these programs, we will teach students:
how to “read the environment”
how to appreciate what they have observed
how to modify their lifestyle so that natural resources are consumed sustainably
how to value natural environments and “special places”
The following definition of environmental literacy guides our curriculum decision making processes.
“Environmental literacy is essentially the capacity to perceive and interpret the relative health of environmental systems
and take appropriate action to maintain, restore, or improve the health of those systems...” (ERIC/CSMEE Digest
Our pedagogy will be research based with a strong values focus. In particular, we will contribute to ground-breaking research into
the “5 Pedagogy” methodology.
Where possible, we will integrate information and communication technologies into our curriculum programs.
Goal 2. Supporting Individuals
We will give students opportunities to develop learning and life skills and encourage them to continue this development.
When developing individual learning activities, we will aim to impart knowledge and stimulate reflection while preserving the child‟s
innate sense of wonder and fun.
Goal 3. Supporting Communities
We acknowledge that our very survival as an Education Queensland facility depends on our continued excellent service to our
client schools and teachers.
We will strive to provide client schools with:
excellent programs in environmental education for sustainability based on the achievement of Essential Learnings across
several key learning areas
excellence in learning and teaching strategies based on solid educational research and theoretical models
curriculum programs with a strong values focus and futures perspective
In our dealings with client schools and groups, the visiting public and the local community, we will act positively to lift the profile of
environmental education for sustainability, the Paluma Environmental Education Centre and the village of Paluma itself. We will
endeavour to be active members of the environmental education and Townsville District educational communities, and to be good
neighbours active in the local Paluma community.
Goal 4. Supporting Outdoor and Environmental Education Centres and Staff
We acknowledge that our semi-remote location provides us with some physical challenges. All staff members have responsibility
within their work role for the provision of a healthy, safe and disciplined work and learning environment accepting of difference.
At PEEC, we acknowledge the contribution made by each staff member to the achievement of student learning outcomes. To
support this contribution, all staff will:
maintain open communication and sharing of information with other staff members
encourage their work colleagues in their professional development
support their colleagues both professionally and personally in their work roles
acknowledge that working in a residential situation some ninety minutes from the full range of urban services requires
some flexibility in staffing
reward negotiated flexibility in staffing through local staffing arrangements
What is Earth Smart Science?
Earth Smart Science is the Premier‟s election commitment to improve both schools‟ sustainability and
science outcomes. All state schools are expected to work towards the targets set for reduction of energy
and water consumption and waste production (see below). Secondary schools, special and non-state
schools are not targeted through the ESS program, though some support will be available from the
Regional Hubs for Earth Smart Science (ESS). All primary schools will address the targets in their School
Environmental Management Plan (SEMP). The Hub for North Queensland primary schools is the Paluma
Environmental Education Centre. We can support up to 30 schools each year of the program, and are now
looking for a commitment from our first cohort of 30 schools. Your EOI is attached.
In 2009, a communiqué went to all Regional Executive Directors and Executive Directors, explaining that
„Over the 3 years of the ESS program the QESSI hubs will be required to work with a number of
state primary schools each year to support them to develop their SEMP and begin (or continue)
their journey towards becoming an “Earth Smart School”.‟
All schools have sustainability as a key priority under the School Planning, Reporting and Reviewing
Framework for Queensland State Schools – 2010, specifically to
• Reduce the department‟s environmental footprint and build knowledge and commitment for a
The Earth Smart Science initiative runs over three years. Project objectives are:
• Foster knowledge and commitment to environmental sustainability within Queensland state primary
schools through a whole of school approach
• Reduce the ecological footprint of state primary schools across Queensland
Primary schools therefore have specific accountabilities to be met by the end of 2012:
• Implementation of a School Environmental Management Plan (SEMP)
• Improvements to their Ecological footprint
• Energy (Overall school energy consumption reduced by 30%)
Water (Overall school water consumption reduced by 15%)
Waste (Overall school waste consumption reduced by 50%
What do primary schools get from Earth Smart Science?
ESS is designed to work with the Science Spark and Year of Sustainability projects in supporting the
development of relevant curriculum initiatives within primary schools e.g.
• In your school‟s Science program – sustainability embedded through science curriculum
• Making the links to Essential Learnings
• Providing resources to support learning activities and in specific content areas
• Sharing and networking through access to outside partners
In the first year of a primary school being enrolled as an ESS school, the following support is available:
• A proven 12-step plan for building community and delivering on sustainability
• 3 days TRS for SEMP planning
• Professional development and support for the School Environmental Team (SET)
• Ideas for kids learning, participating and extending and/or developing passion
• Opportunities to work with leaders in the field
• Links to government and community partners
Schools that have signed up to be an Earth Smart Science school this year are:
1. Abergowrie 15. Macknade
2. Ayr 16. Millchester
3. Bambaroo 17. Mount Fox
4. Belgian Gardens 18. Mutarnee
5. Currajong 19. Railway Estate
6. East Ayr 20. Stuart
7. Forrest Beach 21. The Willows
8. Giru 22. Toobanna
9. Gumlu 23. Townsville Central
10. Halifax 24. Townsville South
11. Helen‟s Hill 25. Trebonne
12. Hermit Park 26. Victoria Plantation
13. Home Hill 27. Woodstock
2010 is also the Year of Environmental Sustainability!
Check out the calendar on EQ‟s website http://deta.qld.gov.au/yes/ for ideas, events and
challenges for your class.
The website also organises content around the chosen foci for each term. These four areas are
also those of the Earth Smart Science program, giving schools additional support. The term foci
Term One – Energy Efficiency
Term Two – Waste Minimisation
Term Three – Biodiversity Improvement
Term Four – Water Conservation
HEALTH AND SAFETY ISSUES SUMMARY
Risk assessments have been undertaken for over twenty components of learning activities. All learning activities with
a risk assessment attached to them have also been through the Hazard ID process in SMS. These are available via
email (on request) and are also now on our website. Detailed centre responses to the most common specific health
and safety issues faced at Paluma are found in our Health and Safety Policy booklet (pink). Please read it carefully
and contact us if you have any further queries at email@example.com .
BORROWING RESOURCES FROM US
Library Resources are available from our Resource Centre situated in Block L of the Vincent State School grounds.
Look for “the building with the frog on it”, off Fulham Road. Please phone our Library-Aide Jan Richardson on (07)
4772 9555 if visiting outside of borrowing times. These are:
Monday 08:00 – 15:45
Tuesday 08:00 – 15:45
Wednesday 08:00 – 15:45
Friday 07:45 – 14:45
CONSTRUCTING YOUR UNIT OUTLINE
There are many ways to successfully construct your integrated curriculum unit. You could start with a list of the
Essential Learnings your class has yet to achieve and design learning activities to develop those outcomes. You
could start with the “topic” of your preferred excursion program and develop a unit around that core content, identifying
relevant Essential Learnings for inclusion. You could use an open-ended question like “How much longer can our
rainforests survive?” to guide the research efforts of your class. You could have in mind the final presentation of your
students‟ research efforts in a particular genre or medium. The culminating activity could decide the learning activities
you will need to include on the way. Whichever way you choose to attack your planning, may we suggest:
Planning with a teaching partner – obviously this is a bit difficult if you are the only teacher in your school at your
year level. Consider consecutive excursion bookings with the school down the road, or bringing two classes from
your school. Two heads are better than one, and you can share resources as well as the bus costs.
Make use of our Teacher’s Excursion Program Guide to help you identify some initial core learning outcomes,
literacy practices etc for inclusion in your unit plan. Our program descriptions have been rewritten to better reflect
the Essential Learnings, hopefully making planning easier for you.
Use the brainstorming concept map we have provided (as an A3 insert to this booklet) to get you started. We
have only included our usual “focus KLAs”, but you can add in others of course.
Schedule some quality uninterrupted planning time with your partner. Make it a social event, with some
refreshments to keep your brain awake.
Base your unit on sound theoretical models of learning eg the thinking behind the “design challenge” and the
Technology Practices Strand of the Technology syllabus is very similar to that of the familiar “action-research
cycle” recommended for achieving the “action component” of environmental education. Look for ways you could
use this unit to spark some problem-based learning at your school.
Get in early when borrowing resources from us, especially if you are from an out-of-town school. If we are
making a pre-visit to your out-of-town school, phone us in advance and we may be able to deliver resources.
Have fun learning about “your bird”. You will each need a bird name from the list provided when you come to
If you are looking for other information, please:
a) Phone our office on 4772 9555 OR
b) Fax our office on 4772 9500 OR
c) E-mail your enquiry to firstname.lastname@example.org OR
d) Visit our website at www.palumaeec.eq.edu.au
We visit schools between Cardwell, Bowen and Pentland to provide a pre-visit service.
During our pre-visit, we need 30 minutes to talk to your class (we can handle two classes at a time).
After talking to your students, we need about 45 - 60 minutes to talk to you and your teaching partners about your
program, any special needs children, development of your curriculum unit, any concerns you may have etc.
You may need to coordinate the Pre-Visit with non-contact time, playground duty etc and phone us back to make a
time and date.
No. Action Paluma EEC references When
1. Decide upon an excursion to Paluma Prospectus 2010. This document was By end 2009
# Remember to consult with your Principal and your school P&C mailed to your school in October/
when determining school excursions. November 2009.
2. Select a program appropriate to your class Prospectus 2010 Before application
3. Complete the Application form Prospectus 2010 at the back of the booklet By end 2009 you will be
Mail to PO Box 4116 Vincent 4814 faxed a receipt of your
Or Fax to 4772 9500 application.
One application form per teacher or class group
4. Receive Confirmation of Booking and Planning Workshop date advice Successful applicants only By end Week one 2010
by fax from PEEC. Note the date of your Planning Workshop in your Renegotiate dates with other groups
5. Confirm likely student numbers through Expression of Interest in your Check with your school office and cohort Early in Term 1, once
class/ school newsletter. (See also #13) teachers confirmation is received
6. Lodge Variation of Routine form with your Principal and notify your Check with your school office Once confirmation is
Parents and Citizens Association. When you receive your excursion received
program, attach a copy to the Variation of Routine file.
7. Receive and pay on Tax Invoice for deposit Check with your school office and cohort Once confirmation is
8. Notify all parents of your excursion‟s dates, approximate costs and Check with your school office and cohort Early in Term 1, once
when payments will need to be made. teachers confirmation is received
9. Unless you did so in 2009, attend an after school Planning Workshop All handouts that you need to plan the The date of your Planning
run by PEEC staff at our Vincent campus. These take place at the logistical side of your excursion will be Workshop is on your faxed
beginning of each term. distributed during the Planning Workshop. Confirmation of Booking.
10. Organise your transport – book a bus Check credentials of your bus company to Once confirmation is
transport students out of town received
11. Plan and implement a Curriculum Unit of work around the program We have resources you can borrow to For implementation at least
chosen. As part of your unit, please allocate each child an individual assist in planning and implementing your a month before excursion
bird name. Cabin groups are bedroom groups (up to 4 students). You unit. date
could also practise a 'Litterless Lunch'. Cabin Groups and Bird Names (green)
Litterless Lunch (white)
12. Negotiate an itinerary of activities chosen to suit your selected A PEEC teacher will visit your school to talk Pre-Visit at least a month
program. Make up your excursion booklets from the BLM provided in to you and your class. Allow at least an before your excursion date
the PEEC Excursion Programs Teacher’s Guide. hour for this Pre-Visit. The BLMs for your
excursion booklet will be confirmed during
Website: www.palumaeec.eq.edu.au your pre-visit.
No. Action Paluma EEC references When
13. Send home your We will fax/ email you a copy of your At least two weeks before
Parent Consent forms. For this to be „informed consent‟, include finalised program soon after your Pre-Visit your excursion,
your excursion itinerary, Paluma information and the total cost remembering that
Give your Principal a copy of the itinerary as well Parent Consent (pink) Medication Forms need to
Medication forms – update just before you come on camp and Administration of Medication (pink) be current at the date of
ensure parents know you cannot administer non-prescribed excursion
medications What To Take forms (buff)
"What to Take" forms Student Souvenir Order list (light blue)
Souvenir Order forms Paluma Information (mauve)
14. Decide upon your adult helpers and have an afternoon/evening Notes for Supervising Adults (gold) At least a week before your
discussion with them re supervisory expectations. excursion
Those teachers with special needs students will need to bring extra
adult helpers in order to supervise/ assist those specific students
15. Fax to 4772 9500 final Faxback with details of afterhours contact, Essential Excursion Information & Faxback Wednesday of the week
numbers, souvenir orders, last minute changes. Put souvenir Sheet (light blue) prior to your visit
money into your school's account - we will invoice you. We don't have Class Souvenir Order List (light blue)
cash on hand at Paluma.
Buy phone card or phoneaway card for same reason.
16. Complete and fax your menu to 4770 8612. Our cook Trish Jackson Catering Menu (grey) No later then the
shops in Townsville, 90 minutes away. Special medical or religious Wednesday of the week
diets are catered for, but we don‟t do “fussy”. before your visit
17. Complete Excursion Group List. List all students and all adults. Excursion Group List (gold) Day before your excursion
Secure adult medical details in sealed envelopes. Collect all
Excursion Booklets. Copy Parent Consent forms and Medication
forms for taking to Paluma. Leave copies of the Consent and
Medication forms for filing at your school, take originals to Paluma.
18. Organise items to be taken on the bus with you. First Aid Kit, plastic bags or buckets, Day before your excursion
towel/s, water, tissues, Vomit Control agent
(ask your school cleaner), feminine hygiene
products, garbage bags, maybe some
lollies for students during the ride up the
19. Pay all camp costs on receipt of a Tax Invoice from PEEC We will forward a Tax Invoice for Within 14 days after your
accommodation, catering, any activity excursion
#This will include catering costs and souvenirs. charges and souvenirs
20. Book early for 2011. Look out for your 2011 Prospectus October/ November 2010
RECORD YOUR PRE-VISIT DETAILS HERE
Date of Pre-Visit: _______________________________
First class group visitation time: _____________________
Second class group visitation time: _____________________
Third class group visitation time: _____________________
Discussion time with Teachers: _____________________