Through the eyes of a child

Central and North Rural Weekly - - DROUGHT RESILIENCE PROJECT - KIRILI LAMB kirili.lamb@ru­ral­weekly.com.au

CHIL­DREN’S pho­tog­ra­phy gives us a spe­cial in­sight into how they are view­ing the world around them.

The Our Strength dur­ing the Drought project is giv­ing stu­dents at St Joseph’s Catholic School, Bar­cal­dine, the op­por­tu­nity to ex­press their ex­pe­ri­ence in words and images.

School prin­ci­pal An­nie Wach­tel said the 13 up­per level stu­dents at St Joseph’s had worked on the project.

“The older stu­dents have re­ally en­joyed learn­ing about pho­tog­ra­phy through the project,” she said.

“It’s also given them space to think about how the drought has im­pacted fam­i­lies in the re­gion.”

The school has a strong com­mu­nity fo­cus, and wel­comes in­volve­ment in projects such as Our Strength dur­ing the Drought.

“We do try to get out into the com­mu­nity, and be in­volved in com­mu­nity ser­vice and projects in any way that we can,” Ms Wach­tel said.

Drought ef­fects can take many forms and the small school of 24 stu­dents has

❝ Ev­ery­where I look, it’s all the same. Nowhere to ride my bike or play. ❝ With no food out of town, kan­ga­roos have in­vaded our school grounds and this means we can­not go out to play. Our grass is so much sweeter com­pared to the dust out of town.

— El­lie

— Rean­non

❝When I walk along the path, all I see is dead trees and brown dirt.

— Cate

❝This guy didn’t stand a chance.

— Enzo

❝even Drought – at its worst, this drought will never kill Bar­cal­dine’s nat­u­ral beauty.

— Anna

ex­cite­ment among stu­dents when it raided the let­tuce in the school’s vegie patch.

For child safety, par­ents have banded to­gether to drive roos from the school grounds.

PHO­TOS: CON­TRIB­UTED

ROUGH PATH: The im­age taken by Cate. found its main­tained open grass spa­ces are at­tract­ing large num­bers of kan­ga­roos into the school grounds.“It’s a real prob­lem,” Ms Wach­tel said.“It has just been so dry, they are com­ing in to places like our school, where they can find green grass and wa­ter.”One roo cre­ated great

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