Croc comp students Doo well

The Special Education Centre at Humpty Doo Primary School has snapped up the inaugural Be Crocwise School Award. The new prize category is part of an ongoing program warning of the dangers of estuarine crocodiles.

The accolade acknowledged the work of 24 students who constructed a wire crocodile and composed a Be Crocwise jingle.

Senior Special Education Teacher Vanessa Lowe said the wire crocodile was clad in straw and wool using the fibre art techniques of the Central Australian Tjanpi Desert Weavers.

“All the Year 6 students love crocodiles, and they’re all fans of helicopter pilot and crocodile wrangler Matt Wright,” she said. “So I decided to do a unit of work to incorporate Matt and crocodiles, and to enter the Be Crocwise competition.”

Students had an opportunity to sing their jingle during a school visit by Matt Wright and senior wildlife ranger Tommy Nicholls.

“Matt landed his helicopter at the school, bringing along a crocodile, and Tommy gave the children a lot of information on crocodiles during his visit,” Ms Lowe said.

“Students also reinforced their Be Crocwise knowledge at a camp at Twin Hill Cattle Station on the Finnis River.”

The school received a trophy and framed certificate at the Keep Australia Beautiful awards’ night on 21 October.

crocodile between two tree trunks

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