The inaugural program joined together children from schools in Collaroy, Parramatta and Katoomba to explore three different environments: mountains, rivers and the sea.

The St Rose students met with students from St Monica’s in Parramatta and St Canice’s in Katoomba to spend time outdoors and interact with nature.

First, the kids took an excursion to Long Reef where an Education Officer from the Coastal Environment Centre taught them about the coastal environment and they looked for marine life on the rock platform.

Next, students from the visiting schools met St Rose students in Narrabeen for the sensory experience of the rock pools, beach and ocean.

The St Rose students then visited Lake Parramatta, where the Parramatta students taught them about the river environment.

They then drove to Katoomba to experience the mountains, where they were met by students of St Canice’s and were welcomed to country by an indigenous elder, Aunty Carol.

They explored the cascades at Katoomba Falls and visited the Three Sisters before returning home.

“It was such a valuable experience. The children learnt so much,” said Gillian Evers, Year 3 teacher at St Rose.

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