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2018 Winner - Education

Beeac Primary School

Brolga Pathways

Beeac Primary School worked with environmental artist Peter Day to deliver the Brolga Pathways Project, an arts meets ecology project funded by Creative Arts Victoria's Artists In Schools program and Corangamite Catchment Management Authority’s Biodiversity Grants.

The project educated students and the wider community about the brolga's population and their fragile ecosystem through a series of curriculum initiatives and events using the arts as a central focus.

Peter and pupils collaborated in making brolga sculptures and drawings to display at the school and throughout the community, in galleries and on roadsides, to raise awareness about the threatened species that local people knew little about. Community members and pupils organised a public meeting, A Morning About The Brolga, featuring Jamie Marloo Thomas, an aboriginal cultural leader, and his daughter Pheobie Thomas who performed a brolga dance, told the brolga story and hosted brolga dance workshops with the students.

The project was so successful in drawing attention to the conservation issues for the brolga, that it has achieved a second round of funding. And Beeac Primary School students are now recognised as proud ambassadors of the brolga.

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