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Melbourne Water Kids Teaching Kids Conference 2019

The KTK team was fortunate enough to take part in the 2019 Melbourne Water Kids Teaching Kids 2 Day Conference.

Day 1: 29 October – Melbourne University

During the first day we had the opportunity to present to a number of students and teachers about the turtles in The Great Barrier Reef and were also privileged in being able to listen to others schools’ ways to impact the earth positively. We learnt about many of the issues currently going on with the environment such as, climate change, plastic polloution, and water quality. After a long day, we stayed for the evening, enjoying a lovely meal and gala dinner. We reflect on this day enthusiastically and are driven to make further impact.

Day 2: 30 October – Collingwood Children’s Farm

This day was our Environmental Project Day, filled with hands-on activities and crafts. This day was designed to encourage us to do more about the matters with our hands, like solar panels, recycling, terrariums and much more. We became more aware about the Aboriginal culture after an exciting welcome to country and smoke ceremony with Uncle Bill; used to traditionally welcome us to the Aboriginal Australians’ Land and give us access to their natural resources. At the end of the day each school gave a reflection on the whole conference. Ours was just about how much we had learnt and will bring back to our school.

Nicola, Emma, Christian, Matthew, Lucinda, Clay, Maddi and Alyssa

Yr 6 Kids Teaching Kids (KTK) Team

 

This year we attended our 8th annual Melbourne Water KTK Conference. The students representing our school were Nicola, Emma, Christian, Matthew, Lucinda, Clay, Maddi and Alyssa from Year 6. They have been working all year to prepare for this event on the back of a very successful KTK Workshop Day at MWPS last term. Sponsored by Lendlease, the team of students worked tirelessly, researching about the endangered turtles of the Great Barrier Reef. They transferred this knowledge into an education presentation in order to teach other students from across the country about this issue and empowering others to take action to help conserve our precious turtle species. They also created hands on engaging activities for their audience, connecting what they had learnt (head) with what they could do (hand) through emotion (heart). Learning this way is the underlying philosophy of Kids Teaching Kids. Our Senior choir also attended the event’s opening and sang the National Anthem with the Northern Territory’s Henbury School students doing sign language. Our students behaved impeccably throughout their presentations and where enthusiastic participants in other workshops. During the gala dinner, they represented MWPS proudly and cheered eagerly when I was presented with my KTK Educator Ambassador Award.

 

During the second day, the students again represented our school in a most dignified way, whilst still having fun and learning from other students. Uncle Bill’s speech and welcome to country has inspired them to increase their respect for the planet and for their local natural resources. Many other teachers commented on how much our students know about sustainability and their commitment to the environment.

In early December, these students will further their community reach by presenting to the MWPS staff in a Teach The Teacher program. This rounds out their journey as the 2019 MWPS KTK team and I have thoroughly enjoyed my time working with them.

 

I’d like to sincerely thank the school’s Leadership Team, the Year 6 teachers and Mr Macaulay for supporting the KTK program. It has an invaluable impact on the students and prepares them for life and future leaders.

 

Loretta Leary

Sustainability Leader

KTK 2019 from Poch on Vimeo.

MWPS KTK WORKSHOP DAY 10th SEPTEMBER

During Kids Teaching Kids Week (Sept 9-13), we held a sustainability event, inviting 12 different schools across Victoria and also some special guests. Our theme was Penguins on a Plastic Island, and after a short presentation about waste minimization at our school, we presented a workshop giving the students an opportunity to make Rubbish Free Lunch Trophies, mini permaculture gardens and learn that without water there is no life. We also presented a school sustainability tour, displaying all the reasons why we are a 5 star sustainable school.

We have been hosting this program for over five years and understand all the benefits of the day. Some schools aren’t as privileged and do not have the opportunity to attend the bigger Melbourne Water Kids Teaching Kids conference in October. This gives them a chance to be part of this amazing program.  It also gives the students presenting more confidence so that they feel more comfortable talking in front of a larger audience. It builds our self esteem and really makes us feel like we are making a difference. Another reason it benefits all students is because we get to eat pizza, and that’s AWESOME!

 

Nicola G

Sustainability Captain

Clockwise from top: Costa Georgiadis sent in a special video for the day. Michelle  spoke about how wonderful the KTK program is. There was a Plastic Free Life display and we had a Target Tuesday cleanup.

 Students made Rubbish Free Lunch trophies from upcycled waste.

Greg from Ben’s Bees talked about beekeeping and honey.

Making biodegradable pots from newspaper and planting with vegetable seedlings in the Permaculture Workshop.

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DJ and music producer Havana Brown goes vegan and promotes green program Kids Teaching Kids

Back living in Melbourne after years in the US, global DJ and music star Havana Brown is the latest celebrity to go vegan in an effort to “help the environment”.

DJ Havana Brown with Mount Waverley Primary School students Nicola Gouws and Matthew Linden. Picture: David Caird
DJ Havana Brown with Mount Waverley Primary School students Nicola Gouws and Matthew Linden. Picture: David Caird

DJ Havana Brown is the latest celebrity to go vegan.

Brown, who is back living in Melbourne after several years working in the US, is “transitioning” to veganism.

“I’m pretty much vegan but once a week at the moment I’m having fish and that’s it,” she said.

“So I just allow myself a little bit of freedom until I’m able to completely eliminate any animal products from my diet.”

“What I’m trying to do is help the environment.”

Brown, 34, has bolstered her environmental credentials by being appointed ambassador for green education program Kids Teaching Kids.

Melbourne Deputy Lord Mayor Arron Wood and Havana Brown with members of environmental outfit Kids Teaching Kids. Picture: David Caird
Melbourne Deputy Lord Mayor Arron Wood and Havana Brown with members of environmental outfit Kids Teaching Kids. Picture: David Caird

The non-profit was founded by Melbourne Deputy Lord Mayor Arron Wood, whose wife Steph is a good mate of Brown’s.

“Kids Teaching Kids is a great way to have kids understand what they’re doing and sustain the environment, I’m really proud to be part of it,” said the music performer and producer.

The organisation is celebrating its 20th anniversary, and Brown will sing Happy Birthday at a special event to be held at Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre on Thursday.


Mr Wood said Kids Teaching Kids was working with new program partner MySolarDirect on a target to install 1000 solar systems in homes sourced from the organisation’s schools network.

“As part of the partnership, schools will receive $500 for every solar system installed, and they can use this money to pay for science equipment, create a veggie garden help with recycling or fund their environmental programs,” he said.

State Energy Minister Lily D’Ambrosio backed the initiative.

“It could not be more timely as we recently increased Victoria’s renewable energy target to 50 per cent by 2030 — putting more clean energy into the grid,” she said.

Havana Brown is excited to have moved back to Melbourne after spending several years living in Los Angeles. Picture: David Caird
Havana Brown is excited to have moved back to Melbourne after spending several years living in Los Angeles. Picture: David Caird

Meanwhile, Havana Brown, who grew up in Wantirna South, revealed she has bought a pad in Brighton.

“Ive been living in Los Angeles for the last seven years, but we’ve bought a place here and I’m loving it back in Australia,” she said.

“It’s one of my favourite spots in Melbourne — it’s always been my dream neighbourhood so I’m pretty happy.”

But Brown was coy about talk that she had secretly married her manager Vince Deltito.

“It’s not something I really want to talk about,” she said politely.

The DJ is returning to the US soon for a tour, and her next Australian gig will be in Sydney.

john.masanauskas@news.com.au

 

KIDS TEACHING KIDS 2016

This year our school KTK Team will be presenting at the Melbourne Water Kids Teaching Kids Conference at Melbourne University as well as hosting a full day workshop at our school. We are very excited about this event. Watch the video below to learn more about Kids Teaching Kids founders Arron and Richard Wood.

MWPS Kids Teaching Kids Workshop Day

What is Kids Teaching Kids about?    

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On Wednesday, some schools came to visit our schools for Kids Teaching Kids. Kids Teaching Kids is an educational model that uses being sustainability as a theme for learning. The year sixes in the Senior Environment Club were honoured to be able to a host a workshop here at Mount Waverley Primary School. We had a member of the Monash council come, Monbulk Primary school, Livingstone Primary School, Wattleview Primary school, Essex Heights Primary School and Ashwood High School. We also presented to a member from CERES. We showed our visitors what environmentally friendly things we do at our school and why. Hoping that we could be an influence, we encouraged them to write down things that they could bring back to their school and be environmentally friendly back at home.

Isabelle and Holly : Environment Captains

 

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MELBOURNE WATER KIDS TEACHING KIDS CONFERENCE 2015

 

On Thursday 22nd and Friday 23rd October, the Senior Environment captains Imandie and Chanuth and six Yr 6s from the Senior Environment Team attended the Melbourne Water Kids Teaching Kids Conference. The 2015 Melbourne Water Kids Teaching Kids Conference on Thursday was held at Etihad Stadium, Docklands and the Environmental Project Day on Friday was held at Collingwood Children’s Farm. This event allowed students from Melbourne and regional Victorian schools to look at water catchment issues. Students from around Melbourne and Victoria brought local stories about their environments to the conference.

 What is Kids Teaching Kids about?                                                                      

The Kids Teaching Kids Program promotes positive wellbeing and helps build resilience in young people. It raises awareness and drives action on local and global environmental issues, bringing communities together to solve common challenges and help the next generation of leaders who will take collective responsibility for our future.

What Did The Students Do?

On Thursday the students participated in expert panels with Mike Larkin the weather man and Arron Wood the founder of Kids Teaching Kids. They also participated in workshops with other schools and presented our school’s water warriors shield to Melbourne Water. On Friday the students participated in many activities at the Collingwood Children’s Farm which included making mini rain gardens, studying macro-invertebrates in the water and presenting at reflective sessions in the afternoon. The students enjoyed themselves immensely and learnt a lot about how to save water.

KTK 2015 from mwps on Vimeo.

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MWPS Kids Teaching Kids Workshop Day

What is Kids Teaching Kids about?                                                                      

The Kids Teaching Kids Program promotes positive wellbeing and helps build resilience in young people. It raises awareness and drives action on local and global environmental issues, bringing communities together to solve common challenges and help the next generation of leaders who will take collective responsibility for our future.

We connect and challenge students with real world issues, inspiring them to want to know more. By giving students the opportunity to present a workshop to others during Target Kids Teaching Kids Week or at one of the Kids Conferences, students see that they can have a positive impact on the world, starting in their own communities. They are given tools to manage their own learning and become confident, caring and informed citizen ready to take on new challenges.

On Tuesday 27th October 2015, MWPS played host to our very own Kids teaching Kids Day. Senior Enviro Captains Ella, Imandie and Chanuth with Kids Teaching Kids delegates Maria, Neha, Niki, Teshani, Jiny, Esther and Rachelle ran a series of workshops throughout the day. Staff and students from Monash Council, Monbulk Primary, Orchard Grove Primary School and Forest Hill Secondary College learnt about how to run a successful Rubbish Free Lunch program, how to plant seeds and start their own permaculture gardens and how MWPS runs its whole school Sustainability program. They interacted with hands on activities and saw how acting locally can have an impact globally. The feedback from the visiting schools was very positive and everyone had a wonderful time! Watch the video to see how the day unfolded.

MWPS KTK from mwps on Vimeo.

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