Ecoliteracy

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Galilee╩╝s environment embodies the beliefs and values of those who live and learn here. Every space has identity and purpose and this means that our beliefs and values can be inferred from the material form of the learning community.

Galilee Catholic Learning Community aims to grow “new consciousness, new insight and new attitudes about our relations with each other, our world and our God” (John Paul II, 1991, ‘Peace with God the Creator, Peace with All Creation’).

Our hope is that awareness of God’s presence in creation will become an intuitive and indispensible part of how we are in the world. At Galilee, eco-literacy aims to nurture the capacities that allow individuals and groups to create fulfilling modes of participate in the great community of life.

Galilee recognises that children make sense of their world and engage with creation through play.We believe that the environment is a co-teacher and that action in the environment will:

initiate learning processes that transform participants;

develop children’s ability to create preferred futures; and

foster faith oriented values, behaviours and lifestyles.

In the early years children need personal experience of their environment and agency in their environment. Our early years students:

            nurture plants and experience plant life-cycles;

care for small animals;

create and care for play environments; and,

manage school based re-cycling.

In the middle years of childhood children become increasingly aware of their place in a peer group. Our middle years students work together to:

grow their capacity to influence local environmental systems: and,

create and use outdoor places to promote relationships.

Ten to twelve year-olds experience a developing interest in understanding of their place the world. Our older students work with other age groups to:

appreciate and act to protect/restore global environmental systems: and,

create and use outdoor places that promote reflection and community.