Flinders campus struts its stuff for Victor visitors

Victor Harbor Primary students at Flinders earlier this week.
Victor Harbor Primary School students at Flinders this week.

Many of Victor Harbor Primary School’s Year 5, 6 and 7 students had their first, but almost certainly not their last, look at a university campus this week.

Nearly 200 of the Victor Harbor students, whose school was devastated by fire a month ago, travelled by bus to Flinders University’s Bedford Park campus for a day of activities organised by the University’s Student Access Unit.

After a welcome and a talk by Yunggorendi staff, the students split into several groups for activities that included tours of the Art Museum and the sports centre, and a lecture on Australia’s extinct megafauna. As well as participating in physical education activities, the visitors were treated to a dance demonstration in the gym before having lunch in the Humanities courtyard.

Among the visitors was Taylah Knight, a Year 5 student whose just-completed project on Matthew Flinders was destroyed in the fire. Special Collections librarian Dr Gillian Dooley presented Taylah with the book Matthew Flinders – The Ifs of History for the school library.

Taylor’s class teacher, Ms Jenna McClaren, said there has been a huge amount of support from the community since the fire.

“It was a big negative, but a lot of positives have come out of the situation, like this trip to Flinders,” she said.

A fundraising community fair for the school is being held at the Encounter Bay Football Club this Sunday, December 7.

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