Special Projects

Observatory Hill EEC provides a range of special educational programs to Sydney Region schools which belong to the NSW Department of Education and Communities. The programs either engage selected classes of talented students or are implemented as entire school workshops. Each program has a different focus, such as water conservation, energy conservation, environmental assessment and sustainability.

All fieldwork programs come with teachers notes, student worksheets, relevant support materials, as well as information regarding meeting dates, times, locations and costs for the school.

Program costs vary depending on the excursion being undertaken and the number of students participating. Prices for each program are listed below, however program costs are subject to change without notice.

Grow Plus – A Stage 2/3 program to engage students with the school’s kitchen garden

Grow Plus is an incursion program for up to 3 – 4 Stage 2 & 3 classes, designed to engage students with the school’s kitchen garden and promote the value of healthy eating and outdoor learning within the school grounds. Key program objectives include enhancing Stage 2/3 learning outcomes by developing knowledge and skills associated with growing fresh food, harvesting from the school garden, preparing healthy food, and closing the loop on green waste.

Available to: All to Primary Schools within approximately 40 km driving distance from the centre. Please ring the Centre to confirm your school’s eligibility.

Dates for 2015: Available all year

Cost: $8.00 per student

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Greenway – Primary Schools Sustainability Program for Stage 2

Greenway is a program that promotes quality, authentic, experiential learning in the student’s local neighbourhood, involving a combination of in-class and outdoors activities for Stage 2 students.  The program integrates the cross-curriculum priority of Sustainability in the new NSW syllabus subjects in English, Science and History.

This program is supported by Ashfield, Leichhardt, Marrickville and the City of Canterbury Councils.

The NSW Environmental Trust has funded 10 Inner West primary schools to participate in the program during 2015.

Available to: Primary schools in the Inner West.

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Grime Scene Investigation – Stage 3

Grime Scene Investigation is a Stage 3 Science and Technology and Sustainability Education project designed to celebrate World Environment Week. This project involves up to two teams of five students and accompanying teacher/s from each school. Students take on the roles of real scientists including an ecologist, biologist, water quality chemist, environmental scientist and a microbiologist to investigate the environmental health of the Georges River estuary.

Available to: All Sydney Region schools.

Dates for 2017: Monday 5th and Tuesday 6th June

Cost: $50 per team

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Scientist for a Day – Stage 4

‘Scientist for a Day’ is an innovative science fieldwork program for Stage 4 Science students. The program integrates Science, with sustainability education and the cross curriculum general capability of information and communication technology. Teams of 5 students with their class teacher will participate in science based activities within the Georges River catchment. Students take on the roles of real scientists including an ecologist, biologist, water quality chemist, environmental scientist and a microbiologist to investigate the environmental health of the Georges River estuary.

Available toAll High Schools

Date for 2017: TBC

Cost: $15 per student

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Mastering The Bays – A cross curricular urban design workshop to Celebrate World Town Planning Day

Mastering the Bays is a full day urban design workshop involving students:

  • Learning about design principles and careers associated with town planning
  • Learning about the process of master planning large scale urban redevelopment precincts
  • Taking part in an (optional) follow up competition to sustainably master plan one area within The Bays precinct

Available to: Sydney schools

2017 Date: TBC

Cost: $10 per student

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Sydney Harbour – Investigating an estuary – Year 10 Science

Sydney Harbour is a Science enrichment program that focuses on the marine environment of Sydney Harbour. It involves the study of an estuary, marine resource management, anatomy and physiology of marine organisms and marine engineering. Students will take part in activities such as a Harbour tour (including a commentary on marine engineering at Barangaroo), a plankton study, a presentation on the implications of climate change for marine organisms in Sydney Harbour, a species classification activity, water quality testing and either snorkeling in Chowder Bay (to observe harbour marine life) or participating in a national marine debris survey. Observatory Hill EEC would like to thank Lend Lease, Barangaroo Development Authority, Climate Watch and the Sydney Institute of Marine Science (SIMS) for their support with this program.

Available to: Sydney Region Schools

2017 Dates:

  • TBC

Cost: $30.00 (Teachers Pack) $10.00 (per student). Optional snorkelling activity – Students may either use their own equipment and snorkel under the supervision of their teacher or use the services of a professional snorkeling instructor from Lands Edge at approximately $30 per student (dependent on number of participants from each school attending).

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