Nearer To Nature: Year 7 Students Explore the Swan River

Year 7s ventured down to Point Walter this week as part of their Humanities and Social Sciences classes, where the girls explored the Swan River as part of the Nearer to Nature program. 

Here is what a few of the girls had to say about the day.

Discovering new things

We all discovered so many new things, including how to test the river water, field sketching and more. We had to gather a sample of river water from two sides of the river, separated by a sandbank. The next step of the process was to test the pH level, sodium level and temperature. Overall, the water was pretty healthy! Sofia Gotsis

What we learnt

We were taught all about where our water comes from, where it goes, what is in it and what can be bad for it. We learnt that algae can sometimes be good for the river, but too much can reduce oxygen in the water and animals can die. We also learnt about the history of the Swan River and how it developed. At the end of the day, before we headed back, two dolphins decided to put on a show. They were jumping out of the water, it was really cool! This excursion really helped us all know a lot more about the river surrounding us and it was a lot of fun! Penelope Hache

Our last activity

Our last activity was a site survey and sketch. We started by looking around and filling in our sheet, which was about what we could see, for example how much rubbish was around and how much human activity we could see. Then we did a field sketch of the river and the things we could see around it. Once we had finished a beautiful baby dolphin and its mum started jumping around in the water and gave a fantastic finish to our interesting day. Catherine Killigrew

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