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Year 4 Excursions Sustain Delight

14/05/2015
​Recently Year 4 enjoyed two excursions in one week! Both activities provided an opportunity for students to consider the increasing importance of the 3R’s for 21st Century learners;
 
Reduce. Re-Use. Re-Cycle
 
The outings supported current year level curriculum units for Geography – Studies of Sustainability and Art and included a field trip to the Portsmith Waste Transfer Station and a walking visit to the Tanks Art Centre.
 
At Portsmith Waste Transfer Station students continued their investigations into waste management and sustainability. Prior to the transfer station visit representatives from the Cairns Regional Council had attended the school to discuss methods used in our region to manage waste. Being able to observe first-hand the system in which waste is sorted and processed was fascinating and reinforced the message of waste sustainability and the importance of following the waste hierarchy.
 
Being first to test-run the” Tinkering Tank” at Tanks Art Centre ahead of the annual Cairns Children’s Festival launch was a privilege enjoyed by Year 4  students thanks to the special relationship we have with the iconic Edge Hill arts centre management team. The students worked individually or in groups to develop out-of-this-world artworks for installation project “Rocket-A-Maze”. Rocket-A-Maze is an evolving cardboard maze featuring rockets and recycled alien worlds, constructed entirely from recycled, found and repurposed materials.
 
All in all these sustainable adventures were enjoyed by Year 4. At Edge Hill State School we endeavour to offer students across year levels experiences outside the school environment. We value these opportunities to consolidate classroom studies and apply learning to real world situations.
 
It does take an enormous effort to plan and prepare for excursions and we are very grateful to the year level teachers for their efforts. We would also like to extend thanks to the parent volunteers who help out.