Grades 5 and 6 enjoy the Pelican Experience

Pelican 1 and Jawbone Excursion,  March 7th, 2018

On a sunny 29 degree day last week, the children from grades 5/6, participated in the Marine Education experience of a lifetime.

For the 3rd year in a row, the grade 6 children went out on a 65 ft. catamaran on Port Philip Bay. The catamaran included a classroom for learning, outside learning spaces and on board marine scientists and other educators, who shared stories and samples of the marine environment.

At the same time Grade 5 went to the Jawbone Marine Sanctuary in Williamstown and learnt from the local Parks Victoria Ranger and other Marine Experts.

Combining rock pools rambles, learning about water ways, and humans impact on the environment, both excursions were strongly linked to the curriculum combining fun and learning.

The students are currently creating further learning in a range of mediums. This includes short films, researching and writing stories, creating newsletters as well as displaying images and projects about the sea around the school.

Stay tuned to see an expo of the students work later this term.

And a special thanks the children, teachers and Pelican boat crew who made the day such a success.

A great student comment capturing the day was:

“I learnt so much about shells. My favourite is the abalone, its gross brown on the outside and inside a beautiful holographic rainbow pearl color. Kayla and I went on a big hunt looking for jelly fish. We found 3 blue and a lot of clear ones. You can find abalone shells between rocks.

Now that I know so much more about marine life I will watch where I walk because I might step on crabs and will be thankful for all the amazing creatures God has given us.

Honestly it was one of the best days ever; I really want to go back”.            


Greg Woolford

Family School Partnerships