Category Archives: Research

Why are Koalas so Endangered?

Koalas are endangered because they are beginning to live right by roadsides.  As you can imagine, they are falling out of the trees and getting run over by vehicles.

Unfortunately, koalas mark their territory and stay there, even if the trees are grown in people’s back yards. Days are beginning to get busier and busier for rescuers, due to how many koalas are getting stuck in trees and getting knocked over.


In 1750, over ¾ of South Australia were possible Koala habitats, but now there is hardly any left in the wild, and experts think that there are only 80,000 left in the wild!

I got all my facts and quotes from the National Geographic Magazine and National Geographic Magazine Kids.


Trowbridge- Australia Links

We have started work on our map showing all the links we have found out about between Trowbridge and Australia.  So far, 19 people have sent in forms showing the connections.  Some of these are relatives who live there, others are trips people have made and others are places where people used to live.

We have colour coded the map pins to show different categories and each person has a number so if somebody went on  a long trip all around Australia, they would have many map pins but the same number!

Number one on our map (in red) is the location of our partner school in Holbrook, New South Wales.

Australia’s Islands

Australia is the largest island in the world, with an estimated population of just over 20 million people.  It has 8,222 islands within its territories, although it is an island itself. 

This is a short list of some of them: Melville; Kangaroo Island; Groote Island; Bathurst; Fraser; Flinders Island; Christmas Island and King Island.  I have named just a few!

I was interested in why Christmas Island was called this and it is because Captain William Mynors of the Royal Mary named the island when he sailed past it on Christmas Day in 1643.  It is located in the Indian Ocean.  Christmas Island is 2,600 kilometres northwest of the West Australian city of Perth.  When biologists first explored Christmas Island their tally of animals was very small.  There were only six forest bird species, five mammals and six reptiles!  Now there are lots more animals there and it is beautiful to go and see.


The Great Barrier Reef

The Great Barrier Reef is an explosion of colour underwater off the coast of Australia. Its outstanding variation of corals and sea life make it an extraordinary place to see. It is the world’s largest collection of corals on earth, with over 400 types! It is home to a vast range of amazing sea life such as the Humpback Whale which are usually 12-16cm in length; the Hammerhead Shark which is one of the most easily recognised types of shark because of its outlandish head and the Green Sea Turtle which are unfortunately classed as an endangered species.

The Great Barrier Reef is situated in the North East of Australia. It is the largest reef of all, stretching an incredible 1,250 miles across the deep blue sea. I would absolutely love to go and see the Great Barrier Reef one day! If anyone has been and seen the Great Barrier Reef please leave a comment about your experience.


Trowbridge- Australia: Any Connections?

This week we are sending out a letter to parents and carers to see what connections we can find between Trowbridge and Australia.  We also want to put a leaflet in the Trowbridge Museum because we think we could find out a lot about people who have travelled between our town and Australia.

 Here is the text of the letter:

Dear Parents and Carers

Have ever been to Australia?  Do you have any family or friends there?  Do you know any Australians living in Trowbridge?  If you do, we would like to know about it.  We want to see how many connections there are between Trowbridge and Australia.  We want to map all these links on a giant map of Australia in our school hall. 

Every connection we find out about will be marked on the map with a pin.   The first pin will be our connection with our partner school, Holbrook Public School in Holbrook, New South Wales.  

This will be helpful because it will not just be the children and staff members of Holbrook involved with Australia Year; parents will be involved too!

Hopefully, by the end of the school year the map will be full with pins, all of which mark a connection between Trowbridge and Australia.  As we are in the last two terms, we would like this project to be amazing so that we have a good end to our school year.

Thank you for your help

Yours sincerely

Sophie and Robyn

Sydney Harbour Bridge turns 80!

This year the 1,149m Sydney Harbour Bridge has turned 80 and there are going to be a lot of celebrations going on. I think that the Sydney Symphony Orchestra performing from the top of the 134m high arch was an absolutely brilliant idea. Its official birthday is the 19th March as that was when it was opened in 1932. Another festivity being held in Sydney for its birthday is a 1930’s themed picnic party. The bridge cost a whopping 6.25 million pounds! It took over 8 years and planning started even earlier in 1912. I think it would be an amazing experience to climb to the top of the bridge or even stay on the ground and watch the amazing celebrations going on.


Big Read: Jackie French

Jacqueline French is an Australian author of books such as the KS1 book ‘Diary of a Wombat’. She was born in November 1953 and lives in New South Wales. She has written well over 100 books and has won a lot of awards for her writing. Diary of a Wombat itself won over 10 awards so you can tell she is a great writer. She began writing when she was 30 and at the time she was living in a tin shed with a black snake and a wombat! There have been other books like Diary of a Wombat such as Diary of a Baby Wombat and How to Scratch a Wombat. The books have really cute illustrations which make the book nicer to read.  I haven’t read Diary of a Wombat so I would like to know if anybody that has read its opinions. Also if you have read any other Jackie French books please tell us!


Jackie photo