You can make a difference!

K Rudd

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Recently, one of our Year Four students was so upset about rubbish and litter in the environment, she decided to go right to the top, and wrote a letter to the Australian Prime Minister, Kevin Rudd.

I decided to ask Orla what inspired her to write to the Prime Minister and what he suggested.

Here is what she said;

Mrs. Parrington: Orla, what made you so concerned about the amount of rubbish and litter in our environment?

Orla: I was worried that species (of animals) were dying and we need to keep them alive (by protecting the environment they live in).

Mrs. Parrington: Why did you decide to write to Kevin Rudd?

Orla: We were doing a letter writing activity and I wanted to write to Kevin Rudd.

Mrs. Parrington: Did he write back?

Orla: Yes

Mrs. Parrington: What did he say? Did he make any suggestions?

Orla: He thanked me for writing and he suggested some websites for me to look at. He suggested that the school could get involved in Clean Up Australia Day and the AuSSi program. He also entered me in a competition to get the carp out of the Barwon River.

Mrs. Parrington:Are you glad you wrote to the Prime Minister?

Orla:Yes, because it might even change the world

Mrs. Parrington: Would you recommend writing letters to people if you are concerned about an issue?

Orla: Yes, because it could change something or help people

Mrs. Parrington: Thanks very much Orla

Here are some of the suggestions made by Kevin Rudd about how we could get involved and make a difference to the environment and protect our animals.

Check out: The National Action Plan for Marine Debris at

Get involved with Clean Up Australia Day. Check out their website on

Have a look at The Australian Sustainable Schools Initiative website at

Hartwell Primary has signed up with the AuSSi program and are very excited to be getting started early in 2009.

Remember: Think Globally, Act Locally and reduce, reuse and recycle and put your rubbish where it belongs in the bin! ๐Ÿ™‚

National Water Week – Make a SPLASH!!!


19-25 October 2008 is National Water Week

As the website says: “National Water Week is designed to assist our community to take actions that help protect and conserve our most precious resource – water.”

The National Water Week Website can be found here or at:

The site contains links to events, a media room, water facts and there is an awesome Free Downloads section that has colouring in activities, songs like Source to Sea and Putrid and Pongy and games like Mission H2O and Turdlywinks (don’t ask). For those interested in the more scientific side there are facts sheets available too.

So this week, like all others, be water wise and have a look at the National Water Week Website too!

What is the temperature?

Spring Flower

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Have you noticed the weather is getting warmer? That is because it is Spring here in Melbourne.

Did you know there are three different scales for measuring temperature?

The three scales are Celcius (which you would have noticed we use to measure the weather in Melbourne), Fahrenheit (which is used to measure temperature in some other countries like America) and another scale called Kelvin.

The NOVA website (linked to the PBS network) has created an interactive scale where you can clearly see the links between Celcius, Fahrenheit and Kelvin. The interactive shows where you would experience some of the temperatures demonstrated on the scale.

The address is or you can click HERE

To convert temperatures between the three scales have a look at this conversion tool.

Check them out, they are really cool ๐Ÿ™‚ย  … (or is that hot???)ย  ๐Ÿ™‚

Happy World Animal Day!!

Springer Spaniel

Today (4th October) is world animal day. It was started in 1931 in Florence and is a day for those of us who love animals to celebrate the important part they play in our lives.

Here is the Mission Statement from the World Animal Day Website:


  • To celebrate animal life in all its forms
  • To celebrate humankindโ€™s relationship with the animal kingdom
  • To acknowledge the diverse roles that animals play in our lives โ€“ from being our companions, supporting and helping us, to bringing a sense of wonder into our lives
  • To acknowledge and be thankful for the way in which animals enrich our lives

The World Animal Day Website can be found at:

The website has information about World Animal Day, the organisation itself, what you can do to celebrate and a Kids Zone full of games and suggestions. Have a look! You might even be inspired to have a celebration of your own next year.

I think I’ll go and take the dog for a walk to celebrate! Woof ๐Ÿ™‚ Mrs Parrington