In term 4 TREE and English combined to create TREEnglish, a 10-week program which explored English in our local community. Under the banner of Sustainability, all of Year 9 self selected one of these seven interest groups in order to lead their learning;

  • Agricultural Innovation
  • Paddock to Plate
  • The History of Orange
  • Brand Orange
  • Regional Well-Being
  • Children’s Literature
  • Viticulture

Instead of an End of Year Examination, the students created one of the following having explored their relevance to cultural, social or environmental sustainability in Orange/The Central West;

  • TED-Ed Talk
  • Documentary
  • Magazine for CWD
  • Children’s book for our prep students

During the 10 weeks all students received a series of lectures and talks from local mentors, who are pioneers of sustainability within each special interest group. These included;

  • Sophie Hansen –
  • Cath Thompson –
  • Rhonda Sear from Brand Orange –
  • Ross Hill –
  • Phillip Shaw –
  • Robert Bruce –
  • Pete MacSmith -
  • Pip Job –
  • David Cumming –
  • Kate Bracks –
  • Dan Blyde –

The program was incredibly well received by students, with some brilliant projects created along the way. It was fabulous for staff to see them exploring English in a local context and revelling in it. It is such a key skill for effective communication.

Below is a sample of the finished products and some photos taken of the visiting mentors.


Talk About It

Agricultural Drones

Precision Ag





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