Gibberagong EEC offers a range of Professional Learning opportunities for teachers on environmental, Aboriginal and sustainability education. The staff at Gibberagong EEC are available to work with your school to design a Staff Development Day or TPL Session to specifically target the needs of your school.

For more information please contact the staff at Gibberagong EEC.

Please also visit the LAC Sustainability page on the DoE website for more options.

Caring for Country

10 NESA hours accredited PL

Accreditation: Ten hours of NESA Registered PD addressing Standards 2.4.2, 3.2.2, 6.3.2 from the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers towards maintaining Proficient Teacher Accreditation in NSW.

myPL Identifier: RG03587

Register through MyPL link: https://myplsso.education.nsw.gov.au/q/RG03587

NOTE: Non-DoE teachers will need to create an account prior to registering through MyPL. Download the user guide for instructions.

Dates: Term 2 Friday 17th May 2019 and Term 3 Friday 2nd August 2019

Location: Muogamarra Nature Reserve

Cost: $100 per participant

Starting in the magnificent Muogamarra Nature Reserve, Caring for Country is a NESA registered professional learning program that provides an opportunity for teachers to learn about and experience the traditional practices of the local Aboriginal people and how this information can be incorporated into Geography and History inquiry-based frameworks.

Download the program flyer for more information.

To secure a place in either program, please email david.smith27@det.nsw.edu.au

Click here to view participant’s work samples from 2018

Teaching Aboriginal Content in the Stage 6 Sciences

Non-registered PL

Date: Friday 1st March 2019

Location: Gibberagong EEC at Bobbin Head

Cost: $100 per participant

MyPL Identifier: NR23905

Register through MyPL link: https://myplsso.education.nsw.gov.au/q/NR23905

NOTE: Non-DoE teachers will need to create an account prior to registering through MyPL. Download the user guide for instructions.

This training day will introduce some of the amazing scientific innovations and world firsts created by Aboriginal cultures over the last 68 000 years and demonstrate how that knowledge represents an approach to science that is very different to our own.

Download the program flyer for more information.

To secure a place, please email david.smith27@det.nsw.edu.au

Aboriginal Cultural Awareness (SDD) Gibberagong EEC

3 NESA hours accredited PL

Accreditation: Three hours of NESA Registered PD addressing Standards 2.4.2, 6.3.2, 7.2.2 from the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers towards maintaining Proficient Teacher Accreditation in NSW.

MyPL Identifier: RG03581

Register through MyPL link: https://myplsso.education.nsw.gov.au/q/RG03581

NOTE: Non-DoE teachers will need to create an account prior to registering through MyPL. Download the user guide for instructions.

Dates: These days are held on the SDD’s at the beginning of Term 2 and 3 each year

Location: Muogamarra Nature Reserve

Cost: tbc depending on attending numbers

The Aboriginal Cultural Awareness (SDD) is a whole of school course that enables teachers and other members of the school staff to enhance their knowledge of local Aboriginal land practices and culture with regards to the Aboriginal Education Policy and to integrate this into their school culture and teaching and learning programs.

Download the program flyer for more information.

To secure a place, please email david.smith27@det.nsw.edu.au

Teaching Science and Technology K-6 With Confidence

5 NESA hours accredited PL

Accreditation: Five hours of NESA Registered PD addressing Standards 2.1.2, 3.3.2, 3.4.2, 6.2.2 from the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers towards maintaining Proficient Teacher Accreditation in NSW.

myPL Identifier: RG03511

MyPL link: https://myplsso.education.nsw.gov.au/q/RG03511

Dates: Term 1 Friday 15th March 2019

Location: Gibberagong Environmental Education Centre

Cost: $65 per participant

The 5 hour NESA registered course will help to unpack the new Science and Technology K-6 syllabus and show how teachers can complement their own Science and Technology programs by engaging students with scientists and real world environmental challenges.

Download the program flyer for more information.

Curriculum Based Outdoor Learning

10 NESA hours accredited PL

Accreditation: Ten hours of NESA Registered PD addressing Standards 3.2.2, 3.2.6, 6.2.2, 6.3.2 from the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers towards maintaining Proficient Teacher Accreditation in NSW.

MyPL Identifier: RG04884

Register through MyPL link: https://myplsso.education.nsw.gov.au/q/RG03581

Initial Date: Wednesday 13th November 2019

Cost: $100

Outdoor Learning (OL) is a pedagogy that involves utilising the natural resources within the environment, both within and outside the school grounds, to deliver curriculum content. The interest in OL has grown as a reaction to the concerning decline in time spent in nature by today’s youth.

The purpose of the Curriculum Based Outdoor Learning program is to enable teachers to enhance their skills and confidence to take the curriculum outside and embed outdoor learning across all KLAs.

Download the program flyer for more information

Outdoor Learning for Classroom Teachers

3 NESA hours accredited PL

Accreditation: Three hours of NESA Registered PD addressing Standards 2.1.2, 4.2.2, 6.2.2, 6.3.2 from the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers towards maintaining Proficient Teacher Accreditation in NSW.

MyPL Identifier: RG03253

Dates: Schools book in two 1 hour afternoon PL meetings

Cost: $0

This course provides teachers with an overview of current research into the benefits for students of outdoor learning and practical techniques of how to implement outdoor lessons linked to the curriculum. Teachers will develop their own outdoor learning session to deliver and reflect upon. Each stage will consider how they can implement curriculum based outdoor learning as an ongoing feature in their teaching programs.

Download the program flyer for more information

Embedding Sustainability into Teaching and Learning

Non-registered PL

Dates: Schools can book in two 1 hour afternoon PL sessions

Cost: $0

Gibberagong EEC is able to provide two 1 hour afternoon TPL sessions for schools interested in gaining an increased understanding of the intergation of the LAC area of Sustainability into current teaching and learning programs.

For more information please contact the staff at Gibberagong EEC.

Geography Inquiry Process  

Non-registered PL

Dates: Schools can book in two 1 hour afternoon PL sessions

Cost: $0

Gibberagong EEC is able to provide two 1 hour afternoon TPL sessions for schools interested in gaining an increased understanding of the new Geography syllabus, with a particular emphasis on the geographical inquiry process, fieldwork and the use of geographical tools.

For more information please contact the staff at Gibberagong EEC.

Hornsby-Ku-ring-gai Network for Environmental and Sustainability Teachers (NEST)

Join like-minded primary and secondary teachers interested in environmental and sustainability education from local schools.

Meetings will be held once a term on Wednesday in Week 8.

Date: Wednesday 19th June 2019 (Week 8)
Time: Meet 3.45pm for a 4pm start. Concludes 5pm
Location: Our next meeting will be hosted by Thornleigh West PS
Food: Afternoon tea provided
Cost: Free
Who: All interested primary and secondary teachers from our local area.

Join like-minded primary and secondary teachers interested in environmental and sustainability education from local schools.

As a member of the network:

  • Stay connected with other passionate teachers in the areas of environmental education, sustainability, Aboriginal education, kitchen gardens, school environment groups, teaching outside etc;
  • Hear from experts in the learning across the curriculum area of sustainability;
  • Meet in stunning locations for a variety of activities such as canoeing, walks, photography, bird-watching in local national parks and nature reserves;
  • Meet at local schools to share ideas and maintain inspiration.
  • Please email me if you would like to added to our network list.
  • RSVP: Friday 14th June, 2019
    Brad Crossman – Teacher Gibberagong Environmental Education Centre bradley.crossman@det.nsw.edu.au
    w. 9457 8245 m. 0414613135