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Years 3 to 6 camp

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June 14, 2017

Kidspeak June 14Tallarook Primary School

The Years 3 to 6 students headed to Melbourne for a week to experience Urban Camp.

They started off at Werribee Zoo then explored Melbourne’s sights.

Students interacted with the artwork at Artvo and experienced trampolining and climbing through obstacle courses at Latitude.

Melbourne City Baths, the National Library, Eureka Skydeck, IMAX theatre, the National Gallery, Melbourne Museum and the Arts Centre were also highlights of the trip.

Here a some recaps from students:

At Urban/Melbourne Camp on the first day we went to Werribee Zoo to go on the safari train.

As we set off to go on a little walk before the safari train, first we went to the gorillas which were huge and were walking towards the trees and their swinging thing.

Beside me there was a button that looked like a phone. I went over to press it and it gave us cool facts about gorillas.

After the African wild dogs we went to see the meerkats — they were so cute.

I only saw two of them. One of them was on top of its home and was spotting for danger and the other one was doing the same thing but kept going through its hole.

After the meerkats we had lunch near the hippos and got photos on top of the statue of a hippo in a mini playground close to where we ate.

Here are some new facts I found out about some animals:

●Giraffes have dark blue tongues.

●There is only one type of wild horse in the world.

●Hippos’ sweat is pink (I thought it was red).

● Most of the animals there are from Africa.

●Gorillas make loud sounds when they’re upset or in danger.

●Gorillas smell means something like ‘‘hi’’ or another greeting.

●Most monkeys clean each other not themselves.

●Basically every animal is endangered in Werribee Open Range Zoo.

— Summer

The National Gallery of Victoria, on Southbank, was extraordinary.

Built in 1982, it was filled with artwork from up to thousands of years ago.

Some of these artworks came from other countries hundreds of kilometres away and some of these spectacular items were nationally collected.

Not everything is artwork; it can range to some pots, armour and other spectacular things.

One piece of artwork told a story of the history of how a ball was first created and what samurai armour and swords look like.

Some of the artworks cost thousands if not millions of dollars.

All of the artworks tell a story about how someone or something changed history and made Earth what it is like today.

There were areas where children or teenagers can have fun and be creative.

All the guides were friendly, willing to help, and full of fun facts about the artworks.

— Kaylan

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