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Going wild at the Rainforest Roadshow

06 March 2020

Year 4 were transported to warmer climes this chilly February. The girls had a fantastic opportunity to take their learning beyond the boundaries of the classroom and into the jungle. Intrepid explorer and regular visitor, Rainforest Dave, led the adventure. He has spent time with indigenous peoples from the rainforests all over the world and came to share their wisdom and his knowledge, bringing a renewed respect and understanding of this precious habitat.

However, no trip to the rainforest would be complete without a little element of excitement and our girls were ready for the adventure! Every girl was given the opportunity to meet Sid the giant millipede, and Amelia, the tarantula. “She feels so soft,” and “He’s tickly on my hand,” were just some of the reactions to meeting these exotic creatures. Even the more nervous amongst them managed to overcome their fears and take their turn. Very brave girls, well done!

Year 4 girls were able to learn about the lives of people in the rainforest through the stories of Dave’s travels, including the fact that there are still uncontacted tribes living in, and caring for, the rainforests. The girls had the chance to wear handmade, traditional jewellery and handle artefacts brought directly from Ecuador and Malaysia. In addition, Dave painted their faces with traditional tribal markings and the artistic amongst them had the opportunity to sketch many of the unique invertebrate specimens bought in from various exotic locations.

The girls had a fantastic, fun filled day, gaining a new appreciation of the importance of preserving this unique habitat for future generations.
 

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