Field day for ju­nior rangers

The Gazette (Derwent Valley) - - FRONT PAGE - SHAUN McMANUS

SOME stu­dents wouldn’t be caught dead wear­ing their uni­form dur­ing the school hol­i­days.

That’s not the case for Wester­way Pri­mary School stu­dents Emma Pritchard and Jazmyn Fil­liponi, who took time out of their break to rep­re­sent their school at Mt Field Na­tional Park this week.

School prin­ci­pal An­drea Long said it was not hard to con­vince a group of five stu­dents to visit the park as part of the Wilds’ Cool pro­gram.

“They’re very keen and en­thu­si­as­tic, in fact we could have had prob­a­bly twice as many kids there,” Ms Long said.

Wester­way Pri­mary School has been part of the Wilds’ Cool pro­gram since last year, un­der the guid­ance of teacher Wendy Holdsworth.

Wilds’ Cool ju­nior rangers take part in sus­tain­abil­ity ac­tiv­i­ties such as tree plant­ings and eco­log­i­cal stud­ies at lo­cal re­serves and parks.

Ms Long said the stu­dents had a blast at Mt Field.

“[They had] the chance to talk to the pub­lic about their ex­pe­ri­ences and to in­ter­act with the pub­lic, that was very good for their self­con­fi­dence,” she said.

“Some of them also went with some of the rangers on an ecol­ogy walk­ing tour along the falls. It was a great day.”

School hol­i­days con­tinue un­til Oc­to­ber 16.

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