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Welcome to...  BE: The Bookend Trust Newsletter!

Hi, it's
Tanaz again, and welcome to my second update on happenings in the world of Bookend. Thank you to everyone for their kind comments last month, and a hearty hello to new mailing-list members who have joined us from Envirofest and the recent careers expos.

Awards, partnerships, sponsorships, scholarships, a temporary departure, documentaries, exhibitions, events and expos - we've had another very busy month packed with news, so let's get to it!

Environmental Education Award for Bookend


2010 award

With thanks to the EPA for the pictures...
...and the Award!

In June, we attended the Tasmanian Awards for Environmental Excellence, hosted by the Tasmanian Environment Protection Authority at the Wrest Point Convention Centre, with guests Tim Costello and Minister David O'Byrne MP.

 This was an enjoyable and rewarding night and Bookend was privileged to win the Tasmanian Award for Environmental Excellence in Education.  The award singled out the calibre of our program, and follows the Pride of Australia Medal awarded for environmental endeavour in 2008, and Expedition Class winning the Australian Geographic Society Spirit of Adventure Award in 2009.

The prize money of $1,500 will help with operational costs, including financing new equipment to document student work in the coming year. Niall’s acceptance speech on behalf of the Bookend team can be read here.

Congratulations to the nominees and winners across all of the Award categories - there's a lot of great and inspiring work being done out there!

Tim CostelloEPA board, Minister and Tim Costello

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Other Exciting Announcements!

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Partnership with SBS

In accepting the above Award, we were pleased to announce publicly our new community partnership with SBS Television. This partnership provides Bookend with broadcast time to promote our work, and the opportunities this provides to students, across Australia. The Awards audience responded very positively this news and was keen to know more - so keep an eye out for us on SBS!




We are also pleased to report our sponsorship support of TEDx Tasmania last month. TED talks (“Ideas worth spreading”) are organised worldwide as free forums for the exchange of challenging and interesting ideas across a diverse range of topics. TED also allows external events to be organised based on the TED model (hence TEDx).

The running of an approved TEDx event in Tasmania by organisers
A/Professor Aaron Quigley and
Dr Jill Freyne of CSIRO was a great achievement for the State, and Bookend assisted with the recording of the local talks which will be made available online. For more info about the event that was held visit http://www.tedxtasmania.org/

The Lynchpin Scholarship Fund

As promised, we will soon be announcing the successful applicants of our 2010-2011 general scholarship round. However, in our March update, we also proudly flagged the establishment of a new ocean-specific scholarship fund, Lynchpin, to boost interest in the crucial role of marine plankton and ecosystems in supporting life on earth.

Built in partnership between Bookend and private donors, this new program has already benefitted students, and the start of the Lynchpin story will be told in our upcoming documentary “Acid Seas and Lost Hollows: what you can do

More information on the Lynchpin Fund can be found here.

Expedition Class


Before the Tassie Tiger Hunt expedition begins in October there are about 1,000 students to visit in schools around Tasmania, and we’re aiming for another 4,000 to follow the adventure online. For the next few months Andrew will be distributing class resource kits and talking to students about what they might discover in the wilds of South West Tasmania and Papua New Guinea.

If you're a teacher there's also a professional development workshop in Hobart on 23rd July, and if you happen to be in Sydney for Science in the City (August 19/20) you can catch Andrew presenting for Australian Geographic at the museum.

In the meantime, check out the refurbished website www.expeditionclass.com.

New adventures!

Ninna heads west...

In late July, after handing our 2010 educational documentary to editor Gavin, our multimedia expert Ninna, will be leaving us for two months!  Never fear – Ninna will be back, but in the meantime she will be joining the SharingStories Project for two months in remote indigenous communities in Arnhem Land and The Kimberley.

The SharingStories digital online project teaches school students in the communities how to produce and upload their own online content. The process enables the students to find their creative voice with which they can explore, tell and share their own stories as well as participate in the creation of cultural recordings with their own elders.


We wish Ninna safe journeys and hope she has a superb and rewarding time!

What's been happening - successful events!

As many of you know, we attended Envirofest at the Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens in early June, alongside the UTAS Faculty of Science, Engineering and Technology. Despite the chilly winter weather, heaps of people came out to enjoy the day, with more than 5,000 people through the gates

At the Bookend stall we chatted to a great range of interested people, and had a wonderful response to interactive activities testing hand-grip strength to see who was stronger than the Tassie Devil’s jaws!

In the last few weeks we have also attended school career expos held at Elizabeth College and Rosny College. At these we chatted to interested students and teachers about Bookend's wide number of programs.

Many students were surprised to learn that they could help work towards positive environmental solutions through a whole range of disciplines and careers beyond the more obvious ones. We will look forward to seeing the same faces making an exciting difference in coming years!

Upcoming events!
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Our next schools documentary “Acid Seas and Lost Hollows: what you can do” will premiere at the UTAS Open Day in Hobart on Sunday 8 August, before travelling to other UTAS campuses and locations. Full screening details will be sent out in our next update in early August, or please contact us (info@bookendtrust.com) for more details on these showings or on how to book your own.

Grab your diary and scribble 'Going to Adventure Learning photo exhibition, 6-8pm' on Friday 27th August at the Fine Arts space in the TUU building, UTAS Sandy Bay. Twenty beautifully framed photos from the past three expeditions will be for sale to support our Expedition Class program. A few stories will be told and drinks and nibbles available. If you can’t make it for the opening, please note the exhibition will be open in the same space for the following week.


Meanwhile, don’t forget that The Burning Season orang-utan exhibition is about to head to the UTAS Cradle Coast campus in August, and then to the Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens from September to October. 

Well, that is just a quick look at the last month, and there is lots still to come. The new and improved website is now very close to completion; we are crossing the T’s and dotting the I’s ready for it to go live soon. Our new students are also about to start, and will be announced in the near future. Until then, thank you again for your continued interest and support.  

Don’t forget to BE involved!


Best wishes,


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Aug/Sept 2010   July 2010   June 2010   March 2010

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