National Wildlife Day was celebrated on Monday 22 February at St Hilda’s School with a visit from Wild Rangers. Pre-Prep girls had the opportunity to meet and touch Australian animals and learn about their habitats, how they protect themselves and how we can care for them and their environments.
Providing educational opportunities to learn about wildlife and how to care for them is part of St Hilda’s Environment and Sustainability Plan for this year. Education helps to build knowledge and understanding of our natural environment and its long-term conservation. It is also linked to our knowledge and understanding of our local Kombumerri Traditional Owners and Elders and their connection to Country.
Patting and holding the squirrel glider, tawny frogmouth, saltwater crocodile, carpet python, blue-tongued lizard, bearded dragon and freshwater turtle was a Semester One highlight for St Hilda’s Pre-Prep girls.
Madeleine from Pre-Prep 1 said: “The kangaroo is my favourite Australian animal because it has a pouch and the mummy jumps with it really high. The babies are really cute.”
Ocean from Pre-Prep 3 said: “I like lorikeets because they are rainbows. Koalas are so fluffy, and they eat gum leaves. I saw kangaroos at North Straddie and I saw a wallaby.”
Sienna from Pre-Prep 3 said: “I like kangaroos because they bounce and they have a pouch. They put their babies in their pouch. The babies are called joeys and they are fun to play with.”
Eliette from Pre-Prep 1 said: “I like the possum because it is soft, and they live in trees.”
Grace S from Pre-Prep 2 said: “I like the kangaroo because they hop. They keep their joeys safe in their pouch.”
Grace G-P from Pre-Prep 2 said: “Possums are my favourite because they make squeaks, and they are so soft.”
St Hilda’s families demonstrated the School motto – Non Nobis Solum, meaning “not for ourselves alone” – by generously donating money towards sponsoring a koala (Borobi), echidna (Buneen) and wombat at Australia Zoo. This money contributes to the care and rehabilitation of these animals at the zoo.
St Hilda’s School’s Pre-Prep classes also acknowledge and actively participate in other initiatives, such as World Environment Day, World Ocean Day, Clean Up Australia Day, National Tree Day, National Recycling Week and the Aussie Backyard Bird Count which build both the girls’ and their families’ understanding of our environment and the importance of sustainability.