RiverConnect introduced the Shepparton High School Science staff School to John Caldow, the field officer for the Bug Blitz program. This program aims to reignite in students, the spark of discovery in Science by inviting them to participate in various biological projects and is sponsored by founder and philanthropist, O.E Wilson.
Shepparton High school year 8 science students studied the unit ‘Reach out to your River ‘ during Term3. We travelled to the SHS “reach” on the Goulburn River at Cemetery Bend (Rudd Rd) on six consecutive Fridays, to investigate the river and the Riparian Zone.
On Friday 20 August 2010 St Mels celebrated National Science Week and the International Year of Biodiversity with a whole school ‘Biodiversity Buddy Day’. The students participated in a range of activities throughout the day, investigating the biodiversity in our local environments.
During semester 1 2010 efforts were made to introduce students from Notre Dame College to the concept of Landcare. At their schools designated reach, Reedy Swamp, the students learnt how volunteers can make a difference through small, hands on projects, that protect the environmental aspects of our region, and how degradation over time impacts on our environment.
VCAL students and teachers from Wanganui Park Secondary College, Notre Dame Secondary College, Verney Road School and Shepparton High School along with RiverConnect land management representatives, visited Reedy Swamp and Jordan’s Bend recently to learn and see the activities the students from Notre Dame and Wanganui had been undertaking at their respective sites.
After receiving the Victorian Curriculum and Assessment Authority’s VCAL Partner Achievement Award in 2007 for our involvement in the RiverConnect project, Notre Dame College and our community partners were nominated for a 2008 Global Best Award.