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CQUniversity Australia - Gladstone Campus - School of Education - "Disaster Resilience and Awareness Education Project"

CQUniversity Australia - Gladstone Campus - School of Education - "Disaster Resilience and Awareness Education Project"

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  • 1. Disaster Resilience and Awareness Education Project
    CQUniversity Australia – Gladstone campus in partnership with Gladstone Regional Council
  • 2. The Brief
    Natural Disaster Resilience Program
    Increase the self-reliance of individuals, families and the general community and reduce demand for government services through community awareness and education
  • 3. Key Stakeholders
    CQUniversity Gladstone BLM students and lecturers
    Gladstone Regional Council
    Community services
    Local Primary school students
    Children at local early learning centre
    Wider community attending festival events and market days
  • 4. The Plan
  • 5. The Workshops
    • Team work
    • 6. Creativity
    • 7. Planning and coordination
    • 8. Critical Thinking
  • The Festival Float
    • Planning and Coordination
    • 9. Information literacy
  • Effective communication amongst BLM students was important to ensure goals were understood and achieved.
    Correspondence via email was used continually to keep everyone up to date with the latest developments and planning considerations.
  • 13.
    • Planning and coordination
    • 14. Clear expectations
    • Teamwork
    • 15. Creativity
    • 16. Planning and coordinating
    • 17. Imaginative networking
    • 18. Community engagement
    • 19. Positive exposure
    • Raising awareness in the community
    • 20. Community engagement
    • 21. Innovation
    • 22. Information literacy
  • 23.
    • Information literacy
    • 24. Community engagement
    The float provided an opportunity to foster positive and productive relationships with families in the community. It was the first event where we introduced our mascot SID Star to the wider community.
    The flyer was an educational tool used to inform our audience of the steps to take during a disaster.
  • 25. The Art Competition
    • Creativity
    • 26. Information literacy
    • 27. Problem solving
    • 28. Legal requirements
    The art competition presented school children with the opportunity to represent through the visual art form their understandings about disasters and how to stay safe. Winning entries are to be published in SID’s Safety Calendar.
  • 29.
    • Creativity
    • 30. Engaging learning experience
    • 31. Critical thinking
    • 32. Reflection
  • The artistic responses from the children demonstrated their awareness of recent natural disasters. In some of the artwork children not only identified the disaster but also effective rescue measures and the need for community support in such times.
  • 33. SID’S Safety in Disaster Day – Kin Kora State School
    I would like to take this opportunity to thank Dr Ali, Lyn and Julianne for their unbelievable commitment to this project and also their willing band of workers. There's some fantastic talent among them. And a big thanks must also go to Kin Kora State School and especially Kay, Leanne and Belinda for making themselves available and supporting the cause. I am sure the kids got plenty out of the project. I know my daughter, in particular did!Michelle Wagner - Manager Community Relations
  • 34.
    • Planning and coordination
    • 35. Networks and partnerships
    • 36. Creativity
    • 37. Engaging learning experience
    • 38. Communication
    • 39. IT competence
    The Safety in Disaster Day was planned to introduce school children to SID Star and his five safety points. After consultation with the school principal, it was determined that three sessions would be designed to cater for the learning needs of the distinct cohorts in the school.
    An arts performance was presented to Prep – Year 3 students.
    A community service forum was geared towards Years 4 – 6.
    The Year 7 students were engaged in an interactive whiteboard lesson.
  • 40.
    • Foster positive and productive relationships
    • 41. Communication
    • 42. Information literacy
    • 43. Planning and coordinating
    As part of the communication process, it was imperative that all of the stakeholders were continually kept up to date with the nature and timing of the proposed proceedings.
  • 44.
    • Effective communication
    • 45. Teamwork
    • 46. Creativity
    • 47. Engaging learning experience
    The Performance
  • 48.
  • The Community Service Forum
  • 52. Providing a set of questions was necessary to guide the discussion forum. The students were extremely engaged in this session as the servicemen covered topics that were relevant and related to real life experiences.
  • 53. The community service forum and demonstrations were provided for the Year 4-6 students as a means to bring the students face to face with the local services. The students were given an opportunity to ask questions re the nature of the duties of police, firemen and ambulance officers in times of natural disasters.
    Networking and Partnerships – CQUniversity Australia – BLM lecturers/ students; Community Services and Kin Kora Primary school principal and deputy principal – a successful and beneficial partnership.
  • 54. The Learning Experience
    • Problem solving
    • 55. Engaging learning experiences
    • 56. Critical Thinking
    Year 7 students were presented lessons using the interactive whiteboards and were asked to consider the flooding risks related to the Tigalee Creek area and the school. Students were asked to consider possible solutions, as well as, safety precautions needed in such times. The importance of town planning was then highlighted through the use of an interactive game.
  • 57.
  • 58.
    • Information literacy
    • 59. Critical thinking and problem solving
    • 60. Information technology competence
    • 61. Quality learning experience
  • SID informs the students of the steps to take as they consider the possibilities of flooding.
    Map of Tigalee Creek and the surrounding suburbs
    SID Star and his 5 Points
    Questions to be considered.
  • 62. BLM students were provided with an opportunity to devise engaging learning experiences. The relevance of this topic to the primary students meant that they were both interested and involved in the lesson.
  • 63. Media Coverage Print Media - GRC – Council Connection – the Launch
  • 64. Print Media – GRC – Council Connection – Introducing SID Star and the events
  • 65. Electronic Media Coverage
    As part of the whole process, the media coverage we received through print, radio and electronic digital formats not only promoted the events and productivity of the project, but also encouraged the BLM students in their pursuits. The Media coverage provided opportunities for reflection and evaluation at each stage of the project.
    It was great to see the smiles on the faces of the children…and even better to hear the clapping from the crowd as our float journeyed up Goondoon St….We saw people in the crowd bopping to the catchy rap compilation …All in all a worthwhile part of the project, helping to get our message out into the wider community.
  • 66.
    It is obvious that a lot of effort was put into this day and also the Ecofest stand and on behalf of Council, I thank the university students for their dedication to this project. Mayor: Gail Sellers
  • 67. Gladstone Regional Council Website
    Positive representations of SID’s Disaster Awareness Day posted online by the Gladstone Regional Council. Images depict the meaningful and colourful interactions between the respective parties.;jsessionid=E76FD2E5486163C63006674671BACAFA
  • 68. Radio Media Coverage
  • 69. Print Media Coverage – Be Magazine CQUniversity Australia
    As interest in the project grew, the objectives and goals of the project were promoted in print articles. The attention that was given to the project highlighted the importance of the issues to the community at large. The issues of awareness, preparedness and resilience were illuminated.
    Be Magazine – Issue 12, 2011,
    Be: Resilient – Resilience Rising
  • 70. Positive Feedback
    Clear and easy to understand
  • 71. Gladstone Ecofest – Promotional Stall
    The stall at the Ecofest was used as a means of reaching a wider section of the community. We prepared sample bags for the children that contained SID’s message on useable items like pencils, mini-torches, stickers, balloons and an activity booklet.
    An activity station was set up for children to paint images of natural disasters using crayons and water colours. The children were also asked to show people of the community being rescued within their illustrations. The activity was extremely popular.
  • 72. SID Star – our Mascot
    Our mascot SID star distributed the message to the children at Ecofest by handing out the sample bags and helium balloons inscribed with the five points. SID was extremely popular and made many friends. Interestingly enough, a few students from Kin Kora primary school greeted SID and recalled the steps to take.
  • 73. The Merchandise – getting the message out
  • 74. The Activity Station
    • Imaginative, creative
    • 75. Engaging activity
    BLM students guided the children through the activity, drawing their attention to not only what the natural disasters looked like, but also getting them to think about who could help or rescue people caught in such situations.
  • 76. Rainbow Valley Early Learning Centre - Visit
    SID Star visited Rainbow Valley and presented a version of the rap from the Arts performance highlighting the key message.
  • 77.
  • 78. Learning Experience – for early childhood
    BLM students delivered learning experiences using recognisable visual images and worked in small groups to deliver the key information regarding natural disasters and in particular flooding.
    Question time was used to engage the learners and to discover the learners’ prior knowledge of the topic. The small groups were then guided through a hands on activity where they were able to create a small town using toys and props. A simulation of a flood using watering cans allowed the children to understand what happens when there is a down pour of rain.
  • 79. Town Planning! - Hands on Activity
    • Problem solving
    • 80. teamwork
    The learners were able to see the devastating effects of flooding and were then asked to remodel their town thinking about what was happening to the water and how they could possibly re-direct the water or make changes to their town.
  • 81. “the birdie and the window and the hill sinking”
    “All the rain is going down on the bus and the icecream truck. The bus is going to the airport.”
    After the simulation, the children were given an opportunity to reflect on what had happened to their towns and how the flood waters had affected the people and animals.
  • 82. Benaraby State School – Promotional Visit
    The Benaraby State School 125 years celebration is scheduled for Saturday 15th October, 2011
    SID Star has been invited to attend by the parent’s association will be there and will hand out balloons, magnets and flyers.
  • 83. SID Star’s Disaster Resilience Educational Resource Kit
    This program has been developed to be delivered at any school and now I encourage principals and teachers to access the resources that the BLM students have developed to help our community be better prepared for natural disasters – Mayor Gail Sellers
  • 84. Student Booklet
  • 85.
  • 86.
  • 87. The Website
    • Digital literacy
    • 88. Information technology
    The Website was initially created to keep participants informed about how the project was travelling. As the project progressed it became a resource for learners, teachers and interested parties. The website has information about the project, weblinks, resources, a kid’s corner which has a series of interactive games and a gallery.
    New Website address:
  • 89. The Documentary
    • Effective communication
    • 90. Information Technology Competence
    The documentary produced by one of the final year BLM students was an excellent way of examining the concerns related to flooding, Tigalee Creek and surrounding areas. It was also used to capture the objectives of the GRC in the re-development of that area. The documentary has been embedded into the website but is also a useful resource to share with upper primary children to promote awareness of the issues and plans to address the flood hazards.