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AUSMEPA eNewsletter Winter 2014

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JULIES CORNER

Like the changing weather the AUSMEPA year has been rolling out fast.  We continue to be stunned by the wonderful sponsorship we've received. We wouldn't have been able to attend EducTECH, a significant conference for school principals held in Brisbane this June without it.

EduTECH

On 3rd & 4th June AUSMEPA was fortunate to have a stall at EduTech.  Designed for School Principals, EduTech is the Southern Hemisphere's largest education congress and education technology expo. It is the only event that brings together the entire education and training sector (primary, secondary, tertiary, higher education and workplace learning) plus libraries, plus government, plus suppliers...all under one roof.

We had many principals and teachers from all over Australia, plus New Zealand visit our site, all interested to learn that AUSMEPA produced quality Curriculum Units of Work which can be accessed copyright free. Over the two day event, we had well over 100 posters collected and we would specially like to thank AMSA for sponsoring this event for us

They are huge supporters and continually encourage us to fulfil our objectives – to educate students, teachers, schools, communities and seafarers on the importance of keeping our precious marine environment healthy and safe.

QUEDREX 2014 – BRISBANE 19TH & 20 JULY

Queensland Education Resources Expo is back, this time at the Royal International Convention Centre, Brisbane Showgrounds. As previous years AUSMEPA has a site here and look forward to seeing many of you there again. Please pop by for a visit and see our latest posters and information.
You will find us at site 40

AUSMEPA welcomes North Queensland Bulk Ports to the GOLD MEMBERSHIP SCHEME

As AUSMEPA'S Executive Officer I am proud to announce our most recent GOLD Sponsors, North Queensland Bulk Ports who recognise the marine environmental awareness and education work undertaken by AUSMEPA and the other MEPAS around the world.

The AUSMEPA Board were pleased to acknowledge the high quality of 'North Queensland Bulk Ports' and welcome them to AUSMEPA to assist in the education of mariners along with schools, teachers, students and communities in the North Queensland region, which is of vital importance for keeping our oceans clean and healthy.

Embassy Support for AUSMEPA

It is also with great pride we have received the following from the Australian Embassy in Athens, Greece. The Ambassador, Jenny Bloomfield, and staff sent us this photo to share with you. We thank them so much for their enthusiastic support on the other side of the world!

Figure 1  AUSTRALIAN EMBASSY STAFF, ATHENS, GREECE

FOR SCHOOLS

RAMEG 2014 - Successful applicant announced

The successful applicants for this year's grant, Stella Maris School, St Joseph's Primary School and Beaumaris Primary School are based in Melbourne. The students will begin their studies will begin on Port Phillip Bay shoreline.

Indigenous Junior Ranger Guide

AUSMEPA is privileged to partner with Dept of Environment and Heritage Protection and the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority on a project for our Indigenous Land and Sea Rangers. The project is for the design of a Junior Ranger Guide Book that can be utilised as a template to assist Rangers in delivering Junior Ranger programs throughout Australia. Once the project is completed the materials will be available to schools free online.

Funds are still needed to complete and publish the book so our team of consultants have created some sample pages to help people visualise where the guide book is headed.

One sample activity is running a camp for students. You can see sample page below which is half of a double page spread with images designed help guide Rangers by simulating steps in running a camp; bringing communities together from elders to students and a few of the things they need to think about bringing and doing so they can share knowledge and culture on country. The first page will list the tips and hints in words, the second page will show images that depict those ideas to help the Rangers to visualise the steps.

Kids Investigating Sea Solutions

Teachers, have you run an interesting environment conservation project at your school? We are very interested in case studies that we can highlight in a new section soon to be on our website.
If your school or class has done, or is doing a Unit of Work on the marine environment e.g. Rockpools, please send in a blurb and photo so we can add to this exciting new section of the AUSMEPA site.

FOR SEAFARERS

Big news this year is Australia's first national maritime conference. You can learn more by clicking on http://www.maritime2014.com.au/

FOR SUPPORTERS

AMSA have been very generous in supporting and encouraging all AUSMEPA projects this year. It has made a big difference to the team. We can't thank you enough.

And AUSMEPA would like to thank the following GOLD Sponsors for the wonderful legacy they leave through their sponsorship. These quality companies are committed to use responsible practices in the protection of the Australian marine environment. Without them we would not be able to meet our objectives and provide a diverse range of education resources to schools and communities.


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