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Beyond the Bale : June 2015
OFF FARM 25 • AWI has launched a ‘Learn About Wool’ website, aligned to the new Australian Curriculum, to foster the education of both primary and high school students. • Teachers can search by subject and year group to find fact sheets and additional resources to use in the classroom. • The initiative is an extension of AWI’s Wool4SchoolTM competition, for which submissions for 2015 are now open for students in years 7-11. As an extension of AWI’s successful Wool4SchoolTM fashion design competition, AWI has launched its ‘Learn About Wool’ website tailored to both primary and high school teachers and students. Both initiatives reinforce AWI’s commitment to fostering education and continue to help teach the next generation about the unique and natural benefits of Australian wool. Working with Education Services Australia (ESA), AWI has established the Learn About Wool website in line with the Australian Curriculum. As a national, not-for-profit company owned by all Australian education ministers, ESA supports the delivery of national priorities and initiatives in education. Offering a flexible and interactive range of resources, the website www.learnaboutwool. com can easily be incorporated into everyday classroom activities. It supports the development of students in line with curriculum guidelines across key subject areas including science, history, geography, design and technologies, and business and economics. “Just as we work with textile specialists, manufacturers and designers around the world explaining the endless possibilities of our natural fibre, we are delighted to also offer Australian students many resources associated with the farm to fashion story as well,” explains AWI Group Manager for Trade Education Julie Davies. The website has been designed so teachers can search for resources by year level and subject area, with AWI receiving positive feedback from teachers using the site. Agriculture, maths and science teacher Janet Cleary from Corinda State High School in Brisbane, Queensland, said: “The Year 9/10 Agricultural Technologies section of the Learn About Wool website has been a great resource for our Year 9 Ag Technology class, with clear and easy to read fact sheets. The selection of video clips offered is also a great resource, as is the teachers’ kit full of samples of fleeces and fabrics.” Primary school teacher Vicky McNaughton from Wurruk Primary School near Sale, Victoria, said: “The wool package is a fantastic resource for teachers and I have been trying to spread the word. Kids had no idea of the process of wool, and the materials are engaging and interesting. I highly rate it and recommend it for all schools.” Extensive digital resources associated with the Wool4SchoolTM program and Learn About Wool can also be found on Scootle, the online gateway to high-quality, searchable teaching resources aligned to the Australian Curriculum. MORE INFORMATION Woolgrowers and parents: Contact your local school and encourage them to incorporate the Learn About Wool resources into their lessons. Hard copy Learn About Wool fact sheets, posters, fibre, yarn and fabric samples are also available – for schools only (one kit per school). Contact firstname.lastname@example.org. • www.learnaboutwool.com • www.wool4school.com • www.scootle.edu.au Students from Scotch Oakburn College, Launceston, with their teacher (and wool producer) Madeleine Scott using resources from AWI’s ‘Learn about Wool’ initiative. WEBSITE HELPS STUDENTS LEARN ABOUT WOOL WOOL4SCHOOLTM SUBMISSIONS NOW OPEN High school students across Australia have been busy getting their submissions ready for this year’s Wool4SchoolTM design competition. The 2015 Wool4SchoolTM theme is Live Life, Love Wool and sets the task to design the perfect winter outfit suitable for a student exchange to New York City, Tokyo, Paris, Moscow or New Delhi. The competition is designed to make learning about Merino wool fun and exciting. Students have just over one month to enter their wool designs to be in the running for some fantastic prizes and learning opportunities. Submissions close: Years 7 & 8: 16 July 2015 Years 9 & 10: 23 July 2015 Years 11 & teachers: 30 July 2015