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Greenhouse Games 2010

GREENHOUSE GAMES > This year from October 11th to December 12th our school is competing in the  2010 Greenhouse Games Challenge. Every family has received a brochure explaining the Challenge. All you have to do is go to  www.greenhousegames.vic.gov.au [Greenhouse Games website] and register your family as part of the Mildura West Team. Then plan your mission against climate change. Start small and then do some bigger things. This is to be  completed weekly. Keep track of your points and post them on the website. There are prizes for the school if our school is the most energy efficient we will win $2000.00 and a Greenhouse Games trophy. It’s fun. It saves energy  and saves money for families on their energy and water bills. The winning  households will win a Bunnings voucher worth $200.00.  Good luck!

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The 2010 Albury Kids Teaching Kids Conference

Are fertilisers water pollutants?

On Sunday the 15th August at 8:00 am, our 27 seater mini-bus left Mildura on a 7 hour journey to Albury, NSW.  We shared the bus with Irymple Secondary College.

On Monday morning, we left the Quest Apartments to walk to the Albury Entertainment Centre where we would perform our workshop and watch others perform theirs. After breakfast, there was an hour of introductory speeches and then a performance from Diamond Creek Primary School, followed by an expert panel disscussion. The expert panel gave us lots of interesting answers and the schools asked a lot of interesting questions. Then we had lunch.

After lunch we watched Irymple Secondary College’s performance about invasive introduced species. They conveyed a clear message “The Only Good Carp Is Dead Carp.”

Then there was Ballarat Christian College. They gave an interesting presentation about their local creek and how they look after it. It was a very interesting workshop and I say well done to them for taking that responsibility.

Our workshop went quite smoothly, I enjoyed asking questions and seeing all the different points of veiw other students have.

Going to Albury was a great experience and I would like to thank the organisers and Mrs. Vorwerk.

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A Rubbish Free way to Have a fun Day…

Yesterday, the grade 5/6s of Mildura West PS ran a Mini Fete on our oval. Every group organised a stall. My group did Hairspray, so I wrote this quatrain about our Rubbish Free Mini Fete.

There’s a rubbish free way,

To have a fun day,

Just put the rubbish in the bins,

And everyone wins!

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A Prickly, Slippery, Experience at Lake Ranfurly

   Closer to the lake the ground was covered in a forest of spiky reeds. Jennifer, Darrien, Danielle and I were dodging in and out of the spiky reeds, collecting data for Cath.  It was the 15th of July and 5/6 A were at Lake Ranfurly on Gibbs Road. After a muddy walk down to the lake (or close to it anyway; we could see it in the distance)  we had collected a clipboard to record data, a ruler to measure the smaller plants and a texta to write down information. Now, my group was collecting data. The spiky reed plant pricked at my legs. Ouch! I jumped over the next one, I wasn’t going to be pricked again! Looking back behind me I could see the trees of the bushland behind us. Looking forward I saw the fluorescent yellow vests of the groups that were ahead of us.  The ground below us was more waterlogged than it had been 20m back. When Ms. Hammerton told us to go back, we made our way back through the prickly forest of reeds and down the slippery, muddy path back to the bus. Though, the Lake Ranfurly experience was prickly and slightly muddy, it was fun and I’d love to go back again.

  Thanks to Mrs. Vorwerk, Ms. Hammeton, Kath and Ms. Harnell for taking and teaching us.

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Our Wetlands Experience

Constructed Wetlands

During the afternoon of Thursday 6th May 2010, the Mildura West Primary School Sustainability Ambassadors, travelled to the Bob Corbold Wetlands and the Etiwanda Wetlands.    After eating an early lunch, we boarded a bus bound for the Bob Corbold Wetlands. At the wetlands, Darrien and I got off the bus with the rest of the group; Darrien was still eating her lunch order and was walking very slowly. We followed Mr. Powell, Mrs. Vorwerk, Alicia and the group as we were shown and told about the different sections of a constructed wetland.

  The sections of a wetland are:

The Inlet Zone:   A large pond area, which is treated with Gross Pollutant Traps, enabling larger particles to settle into the water.

 The Macrophyte Zone: Contains emergent and submerged plants that collect contaminants as the water flows through them.

The Open Water Zone: A shallow area that allows time for finer particles to settle and sink to the bed and for sunlight to kill bacteria.

 Glossary:

 GPT: Gross Pollutant Trap

Constructed Wetland: A wetland that has been created by man for a purpose and that purpose usually is to filter the water.

Ambassador: Representative 

-         Bree, Sustainability Ambassador, MWPS.

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Global Warming

The following is a Quatrain Poem written by me, using ABBA.

There was the Bushfire and now the Flood

The world is slowly changing form,

The world is slowly getting warm,

From Ice to Water and Dirt to Mud!

 

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Constructed Wetlands

During the afternoon of Thursday 6th May 2010, the Mildura West Primary School Sustainability Ambassadors, travelled to the Bob Corbold Wetlands and the Etiwanda Wetlands.

 After eating an early lunch, we boarded a bus bound for the Bob Corbold Wetlands. At the wetlands, Darrien and I got off the bus with the rest of the group; Darrien was still eating her lunch order and was walking very slowly. We followed Mr. Powel, Mrs. Vorwerk, Alycia and the group as we were shown and told about the different sections of a constructed wetland.

   The sections of a wetland are:

 The Inlet Zone:   A large pond area, which is treated with Gross Pollutant Traps, enabling larger particles to settle into the water.

The Macrophyte Zone: Contains emergent and submerged plants that collect contaminants as the water flows through them.

The Open Water Zone: A shallow area that allows time for finer particles to settle and sink to the bed and for sunlight to kill bacteria.

Glossary:

 GPT: Gross Pollutant Trap

Constructed Wetland: A wetland that has been created by man for a purpose and that purpose usually is to filter the water.

Ambassador: Representative

-Bree, Sustainability Ambassador, MWPS.

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The Environment May Change…

You say, “Willows”,

I say, “River Red Gums”.

You say, “Leave it for the birds”,

I say, “Put it in the bin”.

You say, “The birds get in the way”,

I say, “The native wildlife needs to stay”.

You say, “That water is plentiful”,

I say, “That may not always be the case”.

 You say, “I love a nice long shower”,

I say, “Four minutes is enough not an hour”.

You say, “The environment will stay the same”,

I say, “It may change…”

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Lock 9 and Walpolla Island

HORSESHOE LAGOON

HORSESHOE LAGOON

On Tuesday 21st of July 2009 the MWPS Enviro Issues Student Action Team went to Lock 9 and Walpolla Island. When we arrived we walked across the weir. On the other side of the weir we walked across the top of the sections of a fish ladder. It was scary!!!

  Then we went back over the weir and we saw the Murray River flag ( I didn’t know it had one). Courtney took this awesome photo of Shona throwing some dirt and some boys accidentally  threw a lemon in the water. Then we got back on the bus and headed for Horseshoe Lagoon. It was the most beautiful thing I have ever seen.

   We ate lunch at Horseshoe Lagoon and then we went up through the bush with Paula. We played a game where we had to guess different species of fish, birds, snakes and frogs. I learnt that:

  • The Lock 9 was completed in 1923.
  • The flag was first raised in Goolwa.
  • There are no snakes in the area.

By the way did anyone know any websites with information on fish ladders? If so please leave a comment.

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Regulating the Murray River: a discussion!

The Murray River is regulated to support many different societies, industries,aquatic creatures and vegetation. The river has dams, locks,weirs,regulator,carp screens,barrages and fish ladders. All of these are part of regulating the river. There are many different points of view about this issue.

Before the locks and weirs were put in back in 1922, the river would only have water for half a year because it would flow back to the sea. This meant that paddle steamers could not get supplies to people who needed them.

Regulation includes having regulators to store and control the movement of water. Dams are used to store vast quantities of water. Some dams are quite big like the Hume and Hovell dams. Dams are helpful because they provide water for many communities.

Regulating the Murray is good because it allows houseboats to bring tourism to the area. A regulated river also allows locals to experience the Murray River. Regulating the river is a good thing because it provides recreation and habitats for native creatures.

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Pollution in the Murray Script

There are many things that cause pollution in the Murray and any other waterway! I am going to share what some people do and this causes the rivers to be polluted.

Hi I’m Helena Hardworker,

They call me Hardworker because I’m always doing jobs. My favourite jobs are washing my car and mowing my lawn. When I wash my car I don’t wash it on the lawn because all of the detergents kill my grass. So I just let the detergents wash away down the drain and I never use biodegradable detergent because it’s way too expensive.

Since I don’t have a proper job I don’t have enough money to buy a proper grass catcher for my lawn mower so the grass just goes everywhere! Besides by the time I finish mowing my lawn and washing my car I’m so puffed I just don’t  have the energy to pick it all up. So, of course I just hose it down the drain. Who cares where it goes?

Of course I’m not always busy on the weekend I go boating with my husband. But I think my boat is leaking oil into the river. It better not wreck my boat because I don’t have the money to fix it!

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Rubbish Free and the 4 R’s.

Reduce: We have to reduce the amount of rubbish that goes to the landfill

Reuse: We need to reuse everything that we can; for example cardboard boxes, cans, fruit boxes and yoghurt containers.

Recycle: Make sure everything in your lunch box can be recycled, for example bring a plastic drink bottle and keep filling it up with water.

Rethink: Think about everything you do and say NO to plastic bags!

If we do all of this, we have a better chance of being rubbish free!