School hosts star-gazing night events
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.