Dr. Amy Dickman visited ISH Primary last Friday giving presentations about her life, her job and the conservation projects she leads. Amy presented to every student in the school and she left a big impression on the minds of our students. She met the younger students, up to Year 2, in year groups or paired classes. She then met Year 3, followed by an assembly for Years 4, 5 and 6 in a packed MDA Theatre with students intently listening to every word!
One of our school golden rules is 'To Look After Our Planet'. Squish the Spider tells our students to be principled and also to be respectful by thinking about others. Well, Amy's words and shared experiences have really and truly left our students with strong feelings of responsibility in these areas.
Amy talked about how her Ruaha Carnivore Project is helping to not only increase the numbers of big cats in Tanzania, but also help educate and better the lives of local people in the area. Our students were able to relate to children of the same age in Tanzania where many only have one meal per day and many do not attend school, but instead look after livestock. Those who do attend school have no basic resources like books, pens, chairs, or even toilets. The Ruaha Carnivore Project involves working closely with local people to improve the relationships between them and the big cat population whilst also raising money to improve resources within schools, thus providing children with a better education and a brighter future.
We have asked students to think about and reflect on the stories and experiences Amy shared with us, to discuss these with their family and friends as well as in class. We are hoping that students bring their ideas to their teacher and/or the student council and as a school we will make some decisions about what to do next in the coming weeks.