05/11/2020 By Anna Hartley - ABC News

Outdoor Learning lowers violence and suspensions at Berrinba East State School

A great story on how principle, Stephen Kanowski of Berrinba East State School, has helped change the lives of struggling kids and parents by taking learning outside. Berrinba East State School was recently a finalist in the Outdoors Queensland Awards for the Nature Play QLD Education Award. Stephen has lead the school to becoming a leader in outdoor education.

Berrinba principal Stephen Kanowski said the lockdown allowed teachers to implement an idea many had wanted to try for some time, moving some classes — including music, maths, science, Indigenous studies and English — outside.

“We did have a high suspension rate, so the data was screaming at us to do things differently,” Mr Kanowski said.

“Vulnerable children still came to school during lockdown and that’s where we started this.

Read the full article here https://www.abc.net.au/news/2020-11-05/outdoor-lessons-at-primary-school-quell-student-bad-behaviour/12848326fbclid=IwAR34IT2ryatrxspxLOMC_b9jcwr_eSWHeyrcvCKn3j9KtEqIEJ3KcfXY6Ao