School hosts star-gaz­ing night events

Harvey-Waroona Reporter - - REPORTER NEWS - David Charlesworth

HAR­VEY Pri­mary School hosted astronomy nights last week with more than 350 peo­ple at­tend­ing the two events to gaze at the heav­ens.

School sci­ence spe­cial­ist Paula El­liot said the free nights were funded through the school to en­cour­age more fam­i­lies to at­tend.

“So fam­i­lies could re­ally en­joy the ex­pe­ri­ence and just get­ting to­gether,” she said.

The nights be­gan at 6.30pm with the par­ents and ci­ti­zens as­so­ci­a­tion host­ing a sausage sizzle.

As­tro­nom­i­cal So­ci­ety of the South West mem­ber Phil Smith gave a pre­sen­ta­tion on what the fam­i­lies would ex­pe­ri­ence.

At­ten­dees then went out onto the oval where tele­scopes were set up in a cir­cle and pointed at plan­e­tary bod­ies in­clud­ing the moon, Saturn, Al­pha Cen­tauri and other stars and even a neb­ula.

“It was just bril­liant,” Ms El­liot said.

Mem­bers of the so­ci­ety helped at­ten­dees look through the tele­scopes and ex­plain what they were look­ing at.

“They were all vol­un­teers, am­a­teur as­tronomers, and they do it in schools around the South West, but this is the first time it has been done in Har­vey,” Ms El­liot said.

Ms El­liot said more than 350 reg­is­tered to at­tend, which was why it was spread over two nights with the same for­mat for both.

Ms El­liot said the night was part of a fo­cus to have the com­mu­nity more in­volved with the school.

“The school has a new fo­cus now on com­mu­nity en­gage­ment, that is us en­gag­ing with the com- mu­nity and the com­mu­nity en­gag­ing with us.

“So if there’s any lo­cal groups that would like the school to be­come in­volved, just give us a call.”

Har­vey Pri­mary School Year 5 stu­dent Tory Holmes peers at the plan­ets and con­stel­la­tions through the te­le­scope.

Year 2 stu­dent Clancy Man­ton looks at the stars from the school oval.

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