A trip to Healesville Sanctuary

I used to think …
                              …. but now I know ….

 

I used to think that there weren’t that many endangered animals that seriously needed to be helped. Now I have changed my mind after learning more about them at Healesville Sanctuary. I now know that there are so many species of animals like the Tasmanian devil that are endangered that we need to help. Something I would like to know more about is the Tasmanian devil and the deadly facial tumour that they can get which kills them. I learnt that there is a wide range of ways to help save these animals that could soon be extinct if we don’t do something. Those include raising money to build a breeding place for a certain species of animals, chopping down fewer trees so animals like the orange bellied parrot and the lead beaters possum have a place to live and breed in. Yesterday I even learnt that simple things like becoming a member or volunteer at a place like Healesville Sanctuary, can help fight extinction. This trip to Healesville Sanctuary has really helped me properly understand the risk and threat that these animals face, and what I can do about it.     

by Hannah G

Before going to Healesville I knew all the different conservation status of Australian native animals and wether they were endangered, Vulnerable,   threatened, near threatened, extinct and extinct in the wild. What Healesville taught me is how the animals came to be in those categories and how we can help and support the programs that are trying to save them.

 

  I always knew Tasmania Devils were endangered, but I never knew why. At Healesville I learnt that they are endangered because of a facial tumour they get when fighting for food or road kill, with other devils and it is very contagious. They are trying to help Tassie devils by breeding them and stopping them from fighting with other Tasmanian devils with tumours on their face.

 

Healesville have agreed to look after and care for twenty endangered animals around Australia, so the animals can help restore their numbers and be well populated in the wild again. We had to pick an endangered animal off the list and use our devices and the information around the sanctuary, to come up with a plan to help save that animal. Our plan was to support black and white day, by raising to donate to the sanctuary. The money that they earn goes to building special centres and breeding programs on the main land of Australia and in Tasmania.       

By Will

 

 

 

Guest Post by Bianca and Kikki: Michael Mangan visits Holy Spirit!

On Monday, Michael Mangan came to our school to perform two concerts for us. He lives in Brisbane and he writes and sings songs about our faith in God. He played guitar along with singing. He told us he also plays piano. His songs taught us about the different ways of praising God. After he sang each song, he told us what he thinks of the meanings of his songs and made us think of how we can make our relationship with God stronger. He showed us some actions to some of his songs that made us want to sing along. One of his latest albums came out last year, but still rock our world this year as he taught us each one. We all had lots of fun with him, rocking out and praising softly.

 

Welcome to Quadblogging!

Countries participating in Quadblogging

Quadblogging for 2013 begins for us the first week of Term 2, the week beginning 15th April. What is quadblogging you may ask?

Can you guess from the name????

Well, quadblogging is when we are linked up with three other schools around the world so we can visit each other’s blogs and share each other’s learning. There is a roster for being the ‘focus blog’ for the week and when it is our turn, our quadblogging buddies will visit our blog. When it is their turn, we will do the same. It will be great to have a wider audience for our blog and to make some great new connections around the world.

Can you think of some good questions for our quadblogging buddies?

 Here are the links to our Quadblogging buddy’s blogs:

Sacred Heart Primary School

Constantine Primary School

The Norman C of E School

 

 

Reflections on Australia Day

This week, we reflected on what Australia Day means to us. We started by watching a series of video clips about what others thought about the meaning of Australia Day. You can watch them here. We thought about these clips in two different ways:

What is familiar to me and what feelings or experiences expressed might I share?    and

What challenged my thinking?

After we talked about this, we each created our own reflections about Australia Day. Here are some of our ideas …

 

 

Why do you celebrate Australia Day?