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Trinity News : April 2008
TRINITY NEWS 39 In response to the Year 6 PYP unit of inquiry into Our Changing Earth, students from the Preparatory and Junior School travelled to the site of the old tip at Barden Ridge on Wednesday 20th February. After a long and interesting bus journey, we gathered in four activity groups ready to embark on a range of activities, including Aboriginal discovery bushwalk, tree planting, a tour of the Waste and Recycling Centre and golf at the driving range. The bushwalk guide, Brendan, explained the importance of the bush to Aboriginal culture. He outlined how they survived in the bush, using a variety of plants and other natural resources. As we entered the bush, we knew that it was going to be a challenge. We had to climb over rocks, run through tall grass and spiky plants, as well as dodge angry ants. Brendan demonstrated how the grass tree provided the Aboriginals with resin and spear shafts. We then gathered around him as he showed us how to make ?re using sticks and dry grass. The tree planting activity was a valuable experience that made us realise it is our responsibility to look after the environment in order to sustain it for future generations. After our initial instructions, our guide explained that we would be planting Eucalypt and Wattle seedlings in reclaimed land located on the old tip site. After digging several holes, we delicately planted our seedlings. We then ?lled in the holes, making sure that the soil was packed securely enough so that the seedlings stayed upright. We then watered them with storm water and surrounded the area with mulch. Our ?nal task was to spread more mulch over another section of land in preparation for future plantings. The tour of the Waste and Recycling Centre at Lucas Heights was fascinating. Upon arrival, we picked up our guide, who spoke to us about the features of the site. From the cool, fresh-smelling bus we observed the various processes involved in recycling different waste products. We recognised the importance of recycling for sustainability and realised that just about everything can be used again in some form. We learnt that if we follow the 3 Rs – Recycle, Reuse and Reduce, we can make a difference. The golf driving range proved to be a big ‘hit’ for everyone, including the teachers! The golf professionals gave us a lesson on the correct way to hit a golf ball using different irons. We then formed groups and had a competition to see who could hit the golf ball onto the green using a pitching wedge. The second competition was a version of Aussie Rules where we had to use a seven iron to hit the ball through the posts. To conclude our session we had to throw a golf ball into a hoop about ?fteen metres away. Overall the excursion was an educational and enjoyable experience for all. We were provided with the opportunity to learn about bush craft and tucker from an Aboriginal perspective; how to make a difference by planting trees that will be around for many years; observe ?rst hand where all our rubbish goes; and brush up on our golf swing. The excursion enabled the Year 6 classes from the two campuses to get together to participate in a hands-on approach to the PYP unit of inquiry. Everyone seemed to enjoy this once in-a-lifetime outing. Written by: David Ibrahim (Hilliard) Eric Ong (Chambers) Jameel Ali (Chambers) Cameron Lonsdale (Chambers) COMBINED PREPARATORY AND JUNIOR SCHOOL ENVIRONMENTAL EDUCATION EXCURSION