Eastern Suburbs Sydney
Willoughby students celebrate local wildlife
An initiative of Willoughby City Council, the competition engages students to write creative stories about a significant local native animal, which they will read to a kindergarten, year one, or year two buddy. This year’s chosen animals were Satin Bowerbirds, Rainbow Lorrikeet, Huntsman Spiders, Swamp Wallabies, Blue Banded Bees, Eastern Water Skinks, and Brushtail and Ringtail Possums.
As part of the competition, one storybook is chosen from each participating school to be part of a published collection in local and school libraries throughout Willoughby. The winning storybooks for 2012 are: Daredevil Darren by Olivia McLellan from Mowbray Public School; Percy and the Brushtail Possum by Phoebe Sullivan from St Thomas’ Primary School; Mike and the Moon by Luca Thomas, Jonathan Cribb and Max Countryman from Artarmon Public School; Star Feathers by Amynee Yu from Chatswood Public School; The Wallaby That Couldn’t Hop by Fergus Coyle from Willoughby Public School; The Hurt Little Lorikeet by Isaac Wareham, Julie Parkinson and Ena Mitchell from Our Lady of Dolours Catholic Primary School; Harry the Huntsman Spider by Thomas Wong from St Pius X; The Bees that Lost their Buzz by Sachin Grewal from Castle Cove Public School;
The schools with the top three storybooks, Castle Cove Primary School, Chatswood Public School and Artarmon Public School, were awarded with supplies to assist with school gardens, or help create a special habitat for their chosen animal.
For more information on the Our Local Wildlife Story Book Competition event, phone Willoughby City Council on 9777 1000 or visit www.willoughby.nsw.gov.au