FLIGHT TO MELBOURNE
A team of five Year 5 students representing Mildura West flew to Melbourne to attend the Rubbish Free Challenge Award Ceremony. It was still dark when we left. The flight attendant offered us water and either biscuits or pretzels. The flight went really well and was quite smooth when we landed. We arrived in Melbourne just under an hour of our departure time.
THE DRIVE INTO MELBOURNE
Ms Murray called a maxi taxi and had instant results. On our way to the Melbourne Zoo where the Ceremony was being held, we saw heaps of billboards advertising many different things, cars, trucks and buses everywhere on the freeway.
RUBBISH FREE CHALLENGE AWARD CEREMONY
We were attending the Ceremony because we have tried hard to make a difference by reducing our rubbish in our lunch boxes. There are many students that have a rubbish free lunch and snack every day, me included! Our class has been collecting data for 6 months to help our school improve. We put an entry in the Hero Category because our school has been involved in this program for 11 years. Every year we try to improve our results. This year we have worked on reducing soft plastic in our lunch boxes because that has to go to landfill.
The program at the Ceremony was great. We watched Vox Bandicoot perform a short act then the The Minister of Education and the CEO of Sustainability Victoria presented the awards. Our award was one of the last presented. We were Joint Winners of the Hero Award. We have a large award in a glass picture frame. It was so big Mr. Peter Crisp had to drive to Mildura in his car. We won this award for all the effort the students and teachers put into helping us understand why we need to look after our resources for the future generations.
We were very grateful to be given lunch as we were starving. When the line was short we went and served ourselves too: sushi, mini pies, chicken satay and mini salad bowls. Then we went and sat down to eat with Joanne from Keep Australia Beautiful. She was very excited to meet us.
OUR MELBOURNE ZOO EXPERIENCE
When we arrived at the Zoo it wasn’t even open! When it opened we got a map and decided to go and see the elephants get washed and fed. After lunch some zoo keepers brought in animals from around the zoo. The first was a blue tongue lizard, then an owl which did its business on the carpet! Then we were shown a koala.
We were very lucky to see the animals so close. After that out came our trusty Zoo maps again and we headed around the zoo again. My favourites were: the butterfly house, the snow leopards, the cheetahs, the penguins and the red pandas. It was an amazing day seeing so many different things.
Then we went gift shopping, it took ages for me to decide what I wanted to get. In the end I brought a small cube with two penguins standing on ice blocks. They never fell off.
THE JOURNEY BACK TO THE AIRPORT AND HOME TO MILDURA.
Then disaster struck! Ms Murray called a maxi taxi but the company sent a normal taxi by mistake. The right sized taxi took ages to arrive! Ms Murray thought we were going to miss our flight. But we didn’t. We finally arrived safely at the Melbourne Airport. We bought some food and as we were late to the departure gate we had to eat and run.
The flight home was really good. When we landed it was dark, just like it was when we left.
Thanks to our sponsors, Rubbish Free Challenge for regional schools, paying for the majority of our flights.
It was a day I will never forget.