Embracing Creativity and Learning

In a flurry of feathers and excitement, students at St. Mary's School on Tristan da Cunha commemorated World Penguin Day 2024 with a splash of creativity and learning. The school community spent the week embarking on a journey filled with artistic activities and mathematical surveys, all in honour of our tuxedoed friends.

 

 

Artistic Expressions: Bringing Silver Screen Penguins to Life

It kicked off with Playgroup, Class 1, 2, and Class 3 eagerly selecting their favourite movie star penguins to colour in, adding their own vibrant flair to the iconic characters from the silver screen. From "Happy Feet" to "Surf’s Up," every crayon stroke brought these cinematic penguins to life.

 

 

Mathematical Exploration: Surveying Penguin Preferences

But the celebration didn't stop there. In a surprising twist, members of Class 4 delved into the realm of statistics and data analysis, conducting a school-wide survey to determine the most popular penguin among their peers. Armed with clipboards and curiosity, they meticulously tallied the votes and transformed their findings into captivating charts and graphs, shedding light on the penguin preferences of the entire school community.

 

 

Digital Storytelling: Animating Penguin Adventures

Not to be outdone, Class 5 unleashed their creative prowess in the digital realm, with a short penguin animated video set at St. Mary's School. With boundless imagination and technical skill, they transported viewers into a world where penguins roam freely, spreading joy and laughter at every turn.

 

Through colourful artwork, mathematical surveys, and digital storytelling, students embraced the essence of World Penguin Day, showcasing these beloved creatures who waddle their way into our hearts year after year.

 

 

Pupils at St Mary's School (c) Janine Lavarello
Pupils at St Mary's School (c) Janine Lavarello
Favourite Penguin Colourings & Penguin ranking results shown on three charts. (c) Janine Lavarello
Favourite Penguin Colourings & Penguin ranking results shown on three charts. (c) Janine Lavarello

In addition to the vibrant celebration at St. Mary's School. Here are some fascinating facts about the Northern Rockhopper penguin, that lives on Tristan.

1. Distinctive Appearance: Northern Rockhopper penguins are easily recognizable by their distinctive appearance. They sport spiky yellow feathers on their heads, giving them a punk-like appearance among penguin species.

2. Agile Swimmers and Climbers: These penguins are known for their exceptional swimming and climbing abilities. They navigate the waters with remarkable agility, using their wings to propel themselves through the ocean currents. On land, they are skilled climbers, effortlessly scaling steep cliffs to reach their nesting sites.

3. Conservation Concerns: Despite their resilient nature, Northern Rockhopper penguins face significant threats in the wild. Habitat destruction, overfishing, and oil pollution pose serious challenges to their survival. Conservation efforts are underway to protect their breeding grounds and mitigate these threats.

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Northern Rockhopper (c) Andy Schofield
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