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Anakie Primary School students spend day discovering Anakie Gorge

Friday 24 May, 2013

Anakie Primary School students spent the day exploring the great outdoors during a Park Discovery Day at Anakie Gorge on Wednesday 22 May.

There were 48 students from all grades who explored the gorge with Parks Victoria Rangers and learned about survival techniques, fire safety, biodiversity in the park and conservation. The students interacted with fauna and flora through iPad applications and ate a barbecue lunch prepared by parents and friends of Anakie Primary School.

While at Anakie Gorge the students listened to a reading of this year’s selection for National Simultaneous Story Time entitled ‘The Wrong Book’ by Parks Victoria staff. Organised by the Australian Library and Information Association (ALIA), National Simultaneous Story Time promotes the value of reading and literacy, the importance of Australia’s book industry and the role of libraries. Jill Gillies, Anakie Primary School Principal, said that observing National Simultaneous Story Time at Park Discovery Day was a great way to make the event special.

This was the second Park Discovery Day held with Anakie Primary School and the first in the Anakie Gorge, which was recently reopened open to the public after a 12 month closure due to floods. This annual event allows children to explore the park, develop outdoor learning skills, and an appreciation for the environment, and strengthens the local community’s relationship with Parks Victoria.

People in the community visit Brisbane Ranges National Park year round. Scott Nicholson, Parks Victoria Ranger Team Leader, said that “Anakie Gorge offers a variety of different activities for children and families including walks and picnicking. The Anakie School children love coming to the Anakie Community depot and working with park staff on the community garden program. The program has been a great learning tool and Anakie Primary School was recently awarded a $2000 Healthy Parks, Healthy People grant which will ensure that the relationship between the school and the park continues to thrive.”

Principal, Jill Gillies, said that the students loved the last Discovery Day so much that they had to do it again. “The Park Discovery Day at Anakie Gorge is a great opportunity for students to get outdoors and explore this fabulous park which we are so lucky to live next to. The day was one that the students will remember and will keep them returning to the park for years to come.”

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