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Students dive into underwater wonderland

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Brightly coloured fish, an enormous octopus and even a real-life hermit crab were all on show as St Augustine’s Parish School held its STEM Expo in early September.

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Transforming the school hall into an ‘underwater’ classroom, the expo was the culmination of science activities during Term 3 which focused on the theme ‘Deep blue innovations for the future of our oceans’.

Bosco Lainzaw and Cooper Campbell, with teachers Catherine Morrisson and Jayme-Lee Sonneman.

Over several weeks classes worked on preparing displays, interactive games and activities while learning about the importance of caring for the marine environment. Some of the topics covered included the different layers of the ocean, marine habitat and ways to stop pollution through recycling and responsible fishing.

Science coordinators Jayme-Lee Sonneman and Catherine Morrisson said students loved the hands-on learning of the expo and were now much more aware of the important role they have in caring for their common home.

“It’s been great to have been able to link our learning to Catholic Education’s call to ecological conversion and action which is based on Pope Francis’ encyclical Laudato Si’,” said Jayme-Lee.

“Through their learning they are now much more aware of the part they can play in looking after our oceans,” Catherine added.

Principal Georgia Dennis said all students were excited to feel the “buzz around the school” and see the “amazing learning” that has been taking place during Term 3.

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