Perth primary school students release climate change book

Maria Kagiorgis (7) of Balga, Lis Mathiasen (Teacher, Westminster Junior Primary School) and Shayla Egodwattha Arachige (8) of Balga.
Photo: David Baylis D495607
Maria Kagiorgis (7) of Balga, Lis Mathiasen (Teacher, Westminster Junior Primary School) and Shayla Egodwattha Arachige (8) of Balga. Photo: David Baylis D495607

A GROUP of Westminster Junior Primary School students have become authors.

The Year 2 students launched their book Looking After Our Fascinating Earth at Mirrabooka Library this month.

The book explores global sustainability and how to combat climate change, and was inspired by Sir David Attenborough’s latest documentary Climate Change – The Facts.

It is the fourth book published by students at the school, with previous publications on Australian history, astronomy and geography, as part of a project led by teacher Lis Mathiasen.

“I am very proud of my students and their commitment at such young ages,” Ms Mathiasen said.

“It surely is big times for little kids.”

Ms Mathiasen is retiring at the end of the school term but leaves a lasting legacy through the book project, which was a finalist for the United Nations Association WA Global Goals Challenge Award.

The project aimed to show how democratic and participatory approaches in education could provide the rights of the child to be heard.

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