Jeparit Primary School 2010—Senior Class

How do we help primary school children to think positively about their local environment when it is no longer a ‘pleasant place’ to go?  (Like the River in 2009 see Strange River Colours)


In 2o01, this was my challenge, at the same time as building literacy (a regional focus), at Jeparit Primary School, in northwest Victoria.   

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During 2010, my fortnightly environmental education sessions for the senior class (years 3-6) were under the theme of the International Year of Biodiversity, 2010, with the focus on learning ‘about, in and for’ a healthy River Red Gum Woodland.


As the year developed, I found a number of projects that could be linked to use the children’s learning creatively and in a way that shared our good stuff with the community, region and around the world. 














We had a fantastic year, building literacy,  and developing appreciation of our special environment, creating products that we could share in the community, region and across the world  … and in the end it was helped by it … raining, the drought was broken!   These links to the Dream Rocket ( a global art panel project) and the Source to the Sea (a Murray Darling literacy and photographic project) cover many of our activities. 


Jeparit Primary School’s webpage in the Dream Rocket schools section documents the process with photos of the links between this project and others in learning and sharing what a healthy River Red Gum woodland is like.



The Murray Darling Basin Water Education Project “Special Forever—Source to the Sea—a virtual river journey”   in which we provided a website snapshot of what our Wimmera River was like in the Spring of 2010 and what was special about it.




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Background :

Jeparit has a small remote rural school, overlooking the River Red Gum woodland of the Lower Wimmera River Floodplains, in north west Victoria. 

The children had only ever known drought until 2010. Their River was a forest of white skeleton gum trees, lacking fish and water birds. It didn’t flow, but had remnant pools which were smelly and went a green, brown, red, orange, black or white colour during their primary school years.



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