Ocean Reef: Beaumaris Primary School students to have drawings featured on flag in Antarctica

Marji Puotinen (Homeward Bound scientist) and students. Photo: Martin Kennealey
Marji Puotinen (Homeward Bound scientist) and students. Photo: Martin Kennealey

OCEAN Reef students will have their work on show in the world’s southernmost continent.

Australia Institute of Marine Science researcher Marji Puotinen is heading to Antarctica and has involved 1246 kids in her expedition, including 98 from Beaumaris Primary School, where Mrs Puotinen’s children attend.

She created the #kidscareaboutclimatechange drawing competition and asked kids aged five to 14 to show why they care about climate change including what they love most about penguins, the polar regions and coral reefs.

They were then asked to give the drawing a title and write a couple of sentences explaining what they drew and why.

Entries were received from 119 schools and 11 countries including Australia, Canada, Denmark, France, Germany, India, Mozambique, Singapore, South Africa, the UK and the US, as well as Puerto Rico.

She then sewed them all together to make a giant flag to fly at the South Pole.

The flag design.

“The banner is 7m high and 5.18 m wide and it was printed in five panels that my husband sewed together using an industrial sewing machine,” Mrs Puotinen said.

From within Australia, 422 of the entries and 13 of the 64 winners were from WA, including one from Beaumaris and two from Pearsall Primary School.

Beaumaris Primary School winner Tommy Mason-Gentry (6).

Other northern suburbs schools taking part included Ashdale (Darch) and East Wanneroo primary schools, St Anthony’s School (Wanneroo) and Belridge Secondary College.

Pearsall Primary School winner Jayren Tan (11).

Mrs Puotinen will be in Antarctica from December 31 to January 21 with 80 female scientists on an international leadership journey to combat climate change with Homeward Bound.

Pearsall Primary School winner Leila Rogers (11).

“I’ll be visiting the Antarctic Peninsula which is slightly warmer than the rest of Antarctica,” she said.

“In January typical temperatures will average a maximum of -2 degrees and a minimum of -8 degrees.”

Follow the journey at kidscareaboutclimate.org.

WA participating schools:

Beaumaris Primary School – 98 entries – one winner
Westminster Junior Primary School – 37
Applecross Primary School – 34
Ashdale Primary School – 32
Kapinara Primary School – 30 – two winners
East Hamilton Hill Primary School – 21
Narrogin Senior High School – 20
Rapids Landing Primary School – 20 – three winners
Como Secondary College – 19
Freshwater Bay Primary School – 19
Arbor Grove Primary School – 16
Glen Forrest Primary School – 14
Pearsall Primary School – 11 – two winners
Willetton Senior High School – seven – two winners
Pioneer Village Primary School – four – two winners
Belridge Secondary College – three
Denmark Primary School – three
St Anthony’s School – three
Badgingarra Primary School – two
Bicton Primary School – two
Booragoon Primary School – two
Cottesloe Primary School – two
East Wanneroo Primary School – two
Inglewood primary school – two
Millen Primary School – two
Parkerville Primary School – two
Rosalie Primary School – two
Assumption Catholic Primary School – one
Bold Park Community School – one
Frederick Irwin Anglican School – one
Harrisdale Primary School – one
John Curtin College of the Arts – one
Lake Gwelup Primary School – 1
Mary MacKillop Catholic Community Primary School – one
Melville Primary School (kindy) – one
Mt Helena Primary School – one – one winner
Piara Waters Primary School – one
Rawlinson Primary School – one
Rockingham Primary School – one