Last Thursday Nov 27th, the CERES Education Outreach team held a Consortium Partners Brunch at CERES to celebrate the achievements from the past year. There was a great turn out with a lot of catching up between the different organisations.
This was an opportunity to share our achievements as a consortium, as we all work together to assist ResourceSmart Schools on their sustainability journey. Our following slides helped portray our reach, and the links made between schools and our Partner organisations were depicted with our ‘How our partners are Connecting the Dots’ for ResourceSmart Schools’ infographic.
In keeping with the theme of ‘Connecting the Dots’, we incorporated yummy macarons into the networking activity to add a bit of fun, calling this session ‘Eating the Dots’. We think this was a success… who doesn’t love a macaron!?
The main theme for the day was ‘Celebrations’, and we invited a few key Consortium Partners to share the success of their school events run throughout the year. We’d also like to give a big thank you to Candyce Presland from Sustainability Victoria (our main Funding Partner) who presented on the ResourceSmart Schools Awards (including a great highlight video of the day. Check it out here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L34EMCHIXNI), and to Sarah Houseman from VAEE (our Deputy and Lead Partner) for sharing the work they’re doing with ResourceSmart Schools in the Western Metropolitan Region. Thanks also to Ann Pukallus from Cool Australia who talked about Enviroweek, Theresa Powles from Kids Teaching Kids, and Sarah Nickels from EASL (Eastern Alliance for Sustainable Learning) who presented on their Learning for Sustainability conference.
Bottle for Botol received a lot of interest on the day. This great not-for-profit organisation links Australian and Indonesian schools in cross-cultural Environmental discussions, where students come together to brainstorm ways to solve their local environmental issues. They achieve this by selling stainless steel water bottles in which a botol is donated to a student in Indonesia for each bottle purchased in Australia. Bottles are designed by Australian and Indonesian students. We’ll be featuring Chris from Bottle for Botol in our next What Inspires Me section of CERESly ConnectED, so keep an eye out for that!
Thank you to all Partners who attended the event. We hope you enjoyed the lovely spread, and we look forward to connecting again with you in the new year!