Guardians of the Green Profile

The Philosophy

By exposing students to nature and allowing them to learn and play outside, environmental education fosters sensitivity, appreciation, and respect for the environment. It combats Nature Deficit Disorder and it's FUN!

Wilkins Green offers an amazing free space for your child to roam and rule. It is a place for kids to develop an early, unique relationship with the natural environment that will stay with them for life.
Whilst playing and exploring outdoors, a child is more likely to encounter opportunities for decision making that will stimulate skills in problem solving and creative thinking, because outdoor spaces are often more varied and less structured than indoor spaces. So too, being outdoors can induce curiosity, creativity and the use of imagination - an all too rare experience in this age of screens and digital technologies.
Supporting this program is also assisting Wilkins Green to raise much needed funds towards to ongoing maintenance and preservation of the site.

The Teachers

Tealia Scott

Tealia Scott - Wednesdays

The program will be lead by Tealia Scott with additional support from the Garden Educators that run the in-school Garden Education program.
Tealia is a Garden Educator, a professional Bush Regenerator as well as being the volunteer Bushcare Officer for the Wilkins Green committee. As an advocator for the conservation of this bushland site in the heart of the urban jungle, she is passionate about sparking a connection to nature in all children, and promoting a new understanding of what the outdoor classroom can offer.
With a combined Arts and Environmental background, her broad experience spans Permaculture and Design, Conservation and Landcare, Costume and Textile Design and Art Education. Currently working in the field of Natural Area Restoration and Land Management, she has a particular affiliation and knowledge of local plants and eco-systems.
With primary school age children herself, Tealia has created a hands-on fun program which helps students understand how their decisions and actions affect the environment. It empowers youth to share their voice and make a difference at their school and in their communities.

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Suzzanne Matkowski - Thursdays from June 1

Suzzanne Matkowski

Suzzanne Matkowski is a qualified garden educator and has been involved with Wilkins Green for over 10 years. She is passionate about teaching children a deeper understanding of how to care for country, and making sustainable learning fun with a
hands-on approach.
In 2013 Suzzanne formalised her skills, completing the Garden Assist (teacher assist) Certificate 2 course at Wilkins Public School through Petersham TAFE Outreach. She has been teaching garden classes from K-6 over the past 10 years and ran the monthly harvest class for the past 3 years culminating in the Wilkins Wheelbarrow produce sale.
Suzzanne has a long history of working with children that began in her teenage years, coaching movement and drama to primary school age children. She is also a qualified Learn to Swim supervisor/instructor at Leichhardt Park Aquatic Centre. And at the end of 2016 Suzzanne became a Surf Life Saver at Maroubra Surf Club, volunteering her time to patrol once a month and provides water safety for nippers during the summer season.
Growing up in a migrant family with a keen gardener for a father provided Suzzanne with a strong foundation in caring for country at a young age. She brings a wide breadth of experience and knowledge to her teaching practice that began in early childhood and now seeks to instill this passion and increase eco literacy in all children she crosses paths with.

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General information

Guardians of the Green is a fun and interactive way to engage with the environment. Children will be outside and active. Our aim is to encourage students from the beginning of the course, to appreciate and enjoy nature. Environmental Education lessons provide life-long benefits for your child’s broader learning. Our methodology is based on an explorative approach, which promotes active learning, stewardship of the land and empowerment for children through new skills and knowledge of how their decisions and actions affect the environment.

  1. All children will be provided with a journal at the start of term to record observations and experiences. These will be kept on site and sent home on completion of each term. From time to time the children will bring home cuttings or seedlings, or artwork relating to what they have learnt in class.
  2. At the start of each lesson children will sit down for a snack and drink, please ensure they have food packed and a drink bottle.
  3. Children are likely to get dirty, please provide protective clothing to wear over their school uniform, eg smock or old shirt
  4. In the event of wet weather, lessons will still run. In adverse weather conditions an indoor space will be used for nature focussed lessons.
  5. Children will be encouraged to interact with plants, bugs, grasses and trees, including being permitted to climb the low branches of the fig tree. Please be aware that children might occasionally get a scratch, graze or a sting.
  6. In the event of minor incidents, a qualified first aid officer using the on-site first aid kit will implement basic first aid.
  7. In the event of a major incident, strict emergency procedures will be followed in accordance with our policy documentation, which is available on request. Parents will be contacted ASAP and an incident report form will be completed.

 TERMS AND CONDITIONS

  1. You pay for the entire term via KEEN. Non-attendance due to sickness cannot be refunded.  
  2. An enrolment form must be completed for each child to advise of any medical/health conditions and any persons authorised to collect your child. Please ensure photo permission is given/declined on the enrolment form.
  3. Class times

3.1 The lesson finishes strictly at 4.30pm. Parent/guardian/authorised carer will be required to sign child out. Please ensure you notify the teachers if you are late for pick up:

  • Wednesdays - Tealia on 0407393420
  • Thursdays - Suzzanne on 0469136068

Please understand any repeated late collection of children may incur late collection penalty fees.

3.2 If your child is not attending, (i.e. sick or away), please notify the teachers via text by 2:30pm on the day of the lesson.

3.3 Only authorised persons can sign your child out of Guardians of the Green classes. Any change to this needs it to be sent via text prior to 4pm on the day of the lesson.

3.4 If the child is attending OSHC after the Guardians of the Green class arrangements will be made with OSHC on a case-by-case basis.  

  1. Guardians of the Green reserves the right to cancel an enrolment if a student is disruptive. If we cancel, any fees paid will be refunded on a pro-rata basis.
  2. Children will need to wear closed toed shoes and a hat.