Tanya Davies MP. Member for Mulgoa.

LOCAL SCHOOL RECEIVES $3,500 ECO SCHOOLS GRANT

Monday December 12, 2016

Member for Mulgoa Tanya Davies MP has welcomed Surveyors Creek Public School’s successful application for a $3,500 Eco Schools Program grant, which helps instil environmental awareness and appreciation in children.

 

Tanya Davies said the NSW Environmental Trust grants would help Surveyors Creek Public School to implement local and practical environmental education initiatives.

 

“Surveyors Creek Public School proposed a project called Surveyors Sensory Garden in a bid to achieve an oppourtunity for all children in the school, including special needs students, to contribute to activities such as planting, maintaining or creating a sensory experience,” Tanya Davies said.

 

Surveyors Creek Public School has constructed a native sensory garden that all children can utilise and gain benefit from. The garden will be available for all teachers to use as an outdoor classroom for sensory enrichment, flora and fauna biodiversity education, ecosystem education and appreciation of the environment.

 

Furthermore, Surveyors Creek’s Integrated School contains a Special Needs Unit catering to children with mild to moderate disability. This garden will provide a place where their sensory needs can be met. There are also a number of special needs children in mainstream classes who will benefit from using the garden for a sensory break during class time or play time.

 

Seventy-eight primary and secondary schools were successful in applying for the program, which this year has provided more than $270,000 in grants.

 

Environment Minister Mark Speakman said the Eco Schools grants would help young people to learn and value the natural environment.

 

“These grants support environmental understanding and compassion in our students. They help educate students on the importance of protecting the environment for future generations,” Minister Speakman said.

 

“All of the primary and secondary school children participating in these innovative environmental projects will transfer their learning to peers, family and communities, which will generate an environmental legacy.

 

“I encourage educators and members of school communities to consider implementing environmental programs, and to apply for future rounds of Environmental Trust Eco Schools grants.”

 

To see the full list of recipients and project descriptions, visit:

www.environment.nsw.gov.au/grants/2015-eco-schools.htm