Chidlow students gain knowledge of nature after talk by Eric McCrum


Pictures: Julie Frantom
Chidlow students gain knowledge of nature after talk by Eric McCrum
Pictures: Julie Frantom

NATURE lover Eric McCrum shared his knowledge with primary school students on an extension-learning program with an environmental focus.

The naturalist known for his ability to imitate almost any bird found in the Australian bush led a question and answer session with the youngsters.

Sustainable Schools co-ordinator Julie Frantom said the course was the fourth Lake Leschenaultia habitat program she had organised for schoolchildren in the Hills.

“My favourite segment is when the students present their own project about a natural feature of the lake,” she said.

“This year, we were treated to some fabulously researched items about the local habitat, including an iPad presentation.”

The Chidlow Primary School teacher said the course provided additional science and humanities education for Gifted and Talented students from the Hills Education Community.

Children learnt about the life cycles of oblong tortoises, wetland bird species and macro invertebrate from river rangers, land care and sustainability representatives last month.

Students attended the two-day course from Helena Valley, Mount Helena, Parkerville, Chidlow, Glen Forest and Wooroloo primary schools.

The Hills Education Community program enables schools to network, and share resources and expertise across the primary education curriculum.

Helena Valley Primary School this week hosted the program’s community art exhibition.