Perth Royal Show competition inspires Merriwa Primary School superhero scarecrow

Merriwa Primary School teacher Michelle Allen with Bella Sabbiona (Year 2), Linley Farmer (Year 2), Sophie Williams (Year 4), Ryan Allen (Year 3), Jack Allen (Year 4) and Katie Allen (pre primary) with their scarecrow. Picture: Martin Kennealey.
Merriwa Primary School teacher Michelle Allen with Bella Sabbiona (Year 2), Linley Farmer (Year 2), Sophie Williams (Year 4), Ryan Allen (Year 3), Jack Allen (Year 4) and Katie Allen (pre primary) with their scarecrow. Picture: Martin Kennealey.

PERTH Royal Show gave Merriwa Primary School students an opportunity to create their superhero scarecrow, Uliwa.

Principal Sue Waterhouse said the garden afterschool homework club wanted to create something to keep plants in the school vegetable garden safe from birds.

“The students designed and created a superhero scarecrow, under the guidance of Michelle Dallas, the garden club leader,” she said.

“We submitted an entry to the 2018 Perth Royal Show sustainable scarecrow competition.

“This provided the students with an opportunity to further their interest in sustainability and keeping their gardens safe and productive.

“The scarecrow needed to be made from sustainable and recyclable materials.

“The students named him Uliwa, which means look out or beware in Noongar language.”

Teacher Louise Carroll said students had the opportunity to think creatively, collaborate and problem solve while creating the scarecrow for the 2018 Perth Royal Show.

“The students hope people see that scarecrows are heroes and not something to be afraid of, because they keep our gardens safe,” she said.

She and parent Miki Saegusa designed a school board committee for afterschool homework clubs, and each term, they addressed different interests such as music, gardening, bootcamp or creative writing.