Kalamunda students hope competition entry earns then cool trip of a lifetime


The Year 6 crew, Riley, Seth, Blake, Isla, Sophie and Kate, hoping to win a trip of a lifetime.
The Year 6 crew, Riley, Seth, Blake, Isla, Sophie and Kate, hoping to win a trip of a lifetime.

SIX Year 6 students from Kalamunda hope their stop-motion film will help win them a trip to Antarctica.

The Kalamunda Christian School students entered the film in a Federal Government competition to name an Antarctic icebreaker ship that will replace the aging Aurora Australis.

“It was a tough call to select such a small group from our talented Year 6 cohort, so we decided to choose the participating students based on their academic results in the field of technology,” teacher Jessica Menage said.

“To eliminate disruption during class time, we have been working after school and students’ determination, creativity and excitement has been impressive.”

The Name our Icebreaker competition closes on July 7, with entries to be sent in either written or video formats.

Pearce MHR Christian Porter said the competition for Year 5-8 students offered an experience of a lifetime as well as the opportunity to name the research vessel.

“Up to 12 students and 4 teachers will fly to Antarctica for a day, becoming the first children to set foot on the icy continent as part of the Australian Antarctic Program,” he said.

“The winning students will fly from Hobart to Australia’s Wilkins Aerodrome where they will meet Antarctic scientists, as well as expeditioners living and working at nearby Casey research station.”

Mr Porter said a $1.9 million package would cover the design, build and 30-year lifespan of the icebreaker, due to be completed in 2019.

“The icebreaker will be more than 156m long and accommodate 116 expeditioners,” he said.

“It will be equipped with an array of cutting-edge scientific equipment including a moon pool, multi-beam bathymetric echo sounders, hydrophones and underwater cameras.

Winners will be notified in September, with the trip to Antarctica due to take place in December.

For more information, visit https://classroom.antarctica.gov.au/icebreaker.

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