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One of the very popular images from the Expedition Class exhibition.
Larissa Bartlett launches the 2010 Expedition Class with students.
As I type, our intrepid teacher Andrew Hughes is already out in the snow starting this year's Expedition Class adventure.
Back in Tasmania,
the first ever adventure
exhibition for Expedition Class was opened on
the 27th of August. Launched by Hobart
Harvey - a long time supporter of the project -
twenty framed photos spanning the past four years of exploring
Australia and Papua New Guinea were displayed in the Fine Arts Gallery
in the TUU building at UTAS, Sandy Bay. Mt Nelson Primary kindly presented
Andrew with a self-made book of drawings and comments on his
expeditions at the event.
But the excitement
does not stop there! This year's Expedition Class adventure, The Tassie Tiger Hunt,
wife of Tasmanian Premier David Bartlett, on the 2nd of September. The
launch was held at UTAS to coincide with the above exhibition, with
national Threatened Species Day (7 Sept), and with 2010 as the
International Year of Biodiversity. Fittingly, if sadly, national
Threatened Species Day marked the 74th anniversary of the death of the
last captive Tasmanian Tiger in Hobart Zoo in 1936.
About 100 students
from Campbell Street and Herdsmans Cove Primary Schools
represented the 5,000+ students expected to follow the adventure
The launch was followed by an activity day hosted by scientists
volunteering their time to work with visiting schools. “I wish you all
an exciting journey,” Mrs Bartlett said to the students. “I hope it is
full of adventures, discoveries and friends along the way.”
And still it doesn't
stop there. There is no rest for those passionate about the environment
and Andrew is no exception! On the 27th of August, Andrew attended a
luncheon as a finalist in the 2010 Pride
Awards. Andrew was being recognised as a
member of "the teaching profession...
who has been truly inspiring". [Bookend previously won this
Award in 2008 for environmental endeavour].
Phew! All this is
enough to earn Andrew a holiday, especially when high winds and snow
stopped his flight to Melaleuca. But undeterred, Andrew instead set off
on foot on 28 August as planned, walking to Melaleuca from Scotts Peak
instead. From here, the adventure REALLY begins...
Want to know more?
It's not too late
for primary classes to join this year's adventure, or to access the FREE online workbooks and resources
tailored to fit the school curriculum. Go to Expedition Class,
email us at Bookend
for more information.
The team and expert volunteers donating
their time to school events at the Tassie Tiger Hunt launch, Andrew
of into the snow (and shortly before a nice storm!), and Alderman Bill
Harvey is there to see him go.
... and freshwater crayfish...
... to the crucial role of plankton in the oceans, and more!!
They call it National Science Week, but it becomes National Science ‘month’ here in Tasmania. Although this means a very busy time for us, it is also a wonderful way to celebrate the diverse and exciting role science plays in our community, from medical research to artistic techniques and environmental breakthroughs.
The new documentary
showcases more careers and research from a variety of people and
disciplines, this time looking at marine, freshwater and terrestrial
ecosystems that are vulnerable due to climate change and sustainability
issues. With stories showing people working in areas as diverse as
owls, crayfish and plankton, as well as showing how art can help
protect the environment, "Acid Seas..."
School and community
group visits – Sign Up Now!
We are keen to share our documentaries with school students and community groups around the state. From grade 3 to college students and beyond, the message of working towards positive environmental solutions hits home with all ages. Encouraging students to become excited about these opportunities is what Bookend is all about, and we also learn a lot from questions and comments along the way!
in the Burning Season
- Exhibition NOW ON
As mentioned in our
earlier updates, our Orangutan
exhibition is now up and running in the Visitor Centre at the
Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens. The exhibition is free to the public, and will be on
until 20 October.
John Xintavelonis, who helped by
presenting links for video material within the exhibition, will appear
there at 11.30am on Saturday 2 October
to welcome families attending the Spring Community Festival.
scholarship students (l-r
As well as our
documentaries and exhibitions, we continue to run a wide variety of
other presentations and activities.
filming in northern Australia - she tells us this is work!
Well that's it for now, but another busy few months await
us at Bookend. As always we appreciate your interest and support, and
please get in touch if you would like to help. It is our collective
interest and passion for the environment and positive solutions that
really makes the difference.
the Expedition Class video clips below, and don’t
forget to BE involved!
Andrew describes Expedition Class.
Tassie Tiger Hunt preview.
."BookEnd is about trying to stop the full stops in the narrative of nature."
Bryce Courtenay, 8 September 2008