Topics:  education, kerri turnbull, murwillumbah high school, sathya sai, science, students

Spreading the love of science

Sathya Sai students Connor Quilter and Lucas Garcia with Murwillumbah High School student Breanna Heymann.
Sathya Sai students Connor Quilter and Lucas Garcia with Murwillumbah High School student Breanna Heymann. Contributed

THE love is spreading at Murwillumbah High School.

A love of Science is seeing interest grow amongst primary school children through a program that has seen over 300 students visit the school.

The highly sought-after science transition program for local primary schools is attracting a throng of little followers, according to Kerri Turnbull the coordinator of the program.

The science teacher said the initiative that she started 2 yrs ago has seen students from five local primary schools and it continues to attract more interest each year.

"I was inspired to start the program because of a love for science and as a mother of two primary school students," she said.

"I really wanted to support primary schools to access the specialised science experience that is built into the high school curriculum.

"Topics such as volcanoes, cells and microscopes, skeletal system, digestive system and immune systems come to life for the students with the hands-on learning style that is adopted in the lessons.

"It's especially worthwhile when a child who has visited one of my classes approaches me excitedly in the supermarket with their parent to say hello and tell me how much they enjoyed the program."

The most recent school to visit was Sathya Sai Primary School.

Leelah Broughton principal at Sathya Sai primary school said she was very grateful that the opportunity was available to her students, particularly their exposure to the authentic setting of a science lab and the specialised teaching.

"We like to get our younger students involved, as well as our older students so they can have an early positive experience of high school," she said.

"They just love it, so we really value these cross-school partnerships."



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