24 July 2018 marks the opening of the Threatened Species Art and Writing Competition (TSAC) which is a regional environmental education program involving Campbelltown, Camden and Wollondilly Councils.
The TSAC celebrates Biodiversity Month (September) and targets all stages of primary school, with the competition open to students aged 5 to 12 years. The school that has the highest percentage of students entered in the competition will win a TSAC Prize Package which includes a compost kit, insect hotel, plants and other educational resources.
The dates for the competition are 24 July until 28 August, with the award ceremony held on National Threatened Species Day on 7 September at PlantBank.
Through its cross-curricular nature, the competition allows for many different educational activities that can link into Geography, Science, Visual Arts and now English. There are also some great extension activities that can be run whether you are outdoors or in the classroom. For all the links and activities see the Teachers' Toolkit which can be downloaded below.
The PlantBank, located within the Australian Botanic Gardens Mount Annan, has once again thrown their support into the program by developing a school excursion tailored specifically for the competition, with eligible schools receiving assistance towards participating in the excursion. Further information regarding the excursion is found within the Teachers' Toolkit.
As well as prizes, a number of creative writing stories will be chosen to become part of the Threatened Species Art and Writing Competition Storybook. This book will become a feature in all Macarthur libraries as well as all participating schools.
Download the Teachers Resource Kit
Download the Entry Guidelines
Download the Entry Form
Download the Threatened Species Art Competition Poster
Torres Rabosa - Eastern Free Tail Bat, 1st Place ages 5-6, 2017.