20 Mar 12 @ 11:00am by Sean Thompson
Cawdor Public School students Tamika Mansell, Alex Spring, Sasha Sitkowski, Toby Halfpenny and Courtney Buczek enjoy Koala Day with guest speaker Rob Close.
CAWDOR Public School students got all cuddly with a great Australian icon last week as they tried to raise greater awareness about koalas in the Macarthur region.
Principal Sharon Ihlein said the school celebrated Cuddle a Koala Day as part of its focus on increasing young students’ knowledge of the local area and the conservation of koalas. “The children brought toy koalas to school and they took part in a parade of koalas,” Ms Ihlein said.
“They also participated in a koala drawing competition and the older buddies helped the younger students make a koala mask.”
University of Western Sydney’s Prof Robert Close was a guest speaker on the day, and Ms Ihlein said he was a hit with the students.
“He has been studying koalas in the local area for many years and is one of the organisers of the Koala Hotline,” Ms Ihlein said.
“The children were fascinated by Dr Close’s talks and they learned a great deal about the behaviours of koalas and the ways we can protect them.”