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Tadpoles in the classroom educates
Deakin preschoolers Jadie Werksman, 4, Bethany Bacheilier-Meins, 5, Tyrone Phillips, 4, and Nathan Arquillano,
4, take part in the ACT Frogwatch program which gives tadpoles to schools so students can watch them grow.
Photo: Elesa Kurtz
Kimberley Le Lievre
Classes of children across ACT
schools have been distributed living
tadpoles as part of an ACT Frogwatch
program to raise and release the
valuable amphibians into their natural
Frogs are facing a crisis due to a
deadly fungus, and the program is
designed to help bolster the population
in Canberra, said ACT Frogwatch co-
ordinator Anke Maria Hoefer.
The spotted grass frog was chosen
for their hardiness and quick growth,
to allow students to see the changes
occur within a school term.
"It's a fantastic opportunity for kids
of all ages to not only see the
wonderful change from tadpole to frog
but also they have to care for the
animals," she said.
"With that comes any educational
twist the teacher wants to put on it, like
habitat destruction, lifecycles, living
things; for the older students it might
be a look at ecology, pollution, climate
For Deakin preschool, the program
makes an ideal addition to their
Teacher Yasmine O'Brien said the 4
and 5-year-old students love seeing the
change in the tadpoles over the course
of the term.
Ms O'Brien said while the students
have access to pictures and plastic
tadpoles and frogs which illustrate the
lifecycle, there was nothing like the
real thing to engage the students.
"We talk about to complete the
lifecycle for a living thing you need a
clean and healthy environment free
You need to ensure the water is
clean and we feed them healthy
proteins," Ms O'Brien said.
She said the lessons the students
learn from the tadpoles can be
transferred to many aspects of their
"All year we've been talking about
being responsible for our
environment," Ms O'Brien said.
By learning to care for one living
thing, they learn to care about each
other and themselves and the natural
environment, she said.
While collecting tadpoles or
froglets from waterways in the ACT is
illegal, ACT Frogwatch invites schools
to participate in the tadpole program.
ACT Frogwatch have a licence to
distribute the tadpoles to school
groups for education and the benefit of
For further information, visit
high on agenda
Want to hear about the next
development in Molonglo with every
house requiring solar panels?
Capital Estates Development will
attend our meeting this month and tell
us what will be happening.
The next public meeting is to be
held on Wednesday, October 28, at
7.30pm at the St Jude's Primary
School Hall in Mulley Street, Holder.
This provides easy access for those
with disabilities and easier parking -- a
"better" meeting place for everyone.
We will also have a briefing on
plans for public housing in Weston
Creek and Molonglo by the Public
Housing Renewal Task Force.
This may provide some answers to
what is happening with the old Holder
Primary School oval.
One of council's concerns is the
continual loss of green space in our
Last month we had a briefing from
ACT Police about crime in Weston
Creek and the wider community.
Council has made a submission to
government for the 2016-17 ACT
Budget about issues facing Weston
Creek and Molonglo.
Our first priority is for the fast-
tracking of the duplication of the last
section of the Cotter Road. You can
read the submission by going to our
website at wccc.com.au
If there are issues that you wish to
discuss phone us on 6288 8975 or visit
us at wccc.com.au or on Facebook.
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