On November 22, our classmates made a trip to Wildlife Healesville Sanctuary together. This zoo is different from other zoos. It is a sanctuary that we all wandered through a stunning bush and it was a special experience. We met the teacher in our HG at 8:45 to travel to Healesville Sanctuary by a hired bus.
At the Sanctuary, we participated in various expert zookeeper talks to learn about the animals in their care and the conservation work for various species. We visited kangaroos, koalas, wombats and other native Australian animals. We were impressed by the Spirits of the Sky show. Fierce Falcons, colourful parrots flew around and showed us funny moves.
In the animal hospital, we watched a vet operating on a yellow honeyeater’s tinny broken leg. The job in the Wildlife Health Centre is protect animals and train the animals how to survive in the wild. The deepest memory is that we went to the Wildlife Health Centre, we could see many different ways to protect baby animals and injured animals. And we heard the stories of the wildlife patients. The staff go on to a journey from rescuing, treating for a recovery to releasing animals to the wild. It was so amazing to learn how much work the staff at the Health Centre have attended to. Unfortunately, we was not able to see any platypuses we were so looking forward to seeing. This Sanctuary let us learn more about Australian native animals, which was important for us to understand what we can do to protect animals.
After visiting the Wildlife at Healesville, Ms Song all of sudden told us, “we will go back to school now” but it was a joke. Ms Song took us to the Yarra Valley Chocolaterie, which was a pleasant surprise. We breathed a very fresh air and very beautiful scenery when we got off the bus. When we entered the Chocolaterie, we could smell the sweet chocolate scent. We saw many types of chocolate and how chocolate was made. We purchased chocolate to present to our family and friends in our home country.
It was a very exciting excursion to experience Australian wildlife and have a wonderful time with classmates for another memory adding to our life.
Chuxuan (Charles) YU 于楚轩 & Boyi (Katrina) YAO 姚搏怡
On 3rd of December, our whole class went to a bike ride together. Although the sun was hiding behind the clouds, its heat was still glaring at us. The day was amazing but also painful. Firstly, Ms. Hillebrand and the other staff member, Emily, led us to practice some riding skills at school before we started our fantastic tour.
It was our first time to ride a bike on the road in Australia. It was so exciting. We followed Emily across the road one by one and lined up after her. It was easy and relaxing at first. We were laughing, making a joke and singing. Everyone looked happy like a beautiful sunflower.
On the side of the road, the teacher told us that if we wanted to turn, we needed to lift our hands to the direction of the turn, and then back to check behind to make sure there was no cars. First of all, we set out from the school passing Knox City and followed Emily toward the end. Until then everything went so smoothly but unexpected things happened. When the trip reached out to a half way, the road became bumpy and had many small rocks.
Suddenly we heard the sound of something falling on to the ground. We stopped and found Shirley fell. She got a really serious injury. Ms. Hillebrand took out the first aid kit to treat the wounds. Everyone was encouraging her. Shirley was so strong that she did not even shed one drop of tears.
Around 12 o'clock, everyone arrived at Jells Park. We had our lunch there and played some games together. Shirley was using tissues and cold water to look after her wound. Even her wound was really serious and bloody, she still looked happy and made a joke with us. Later, Mr. Wang and Ms. Zhang came and picked her up to take her to a hospital.
Finally, we rode on the same way back. To be honest, we felt that the return trip made us very painful and tired. When we sat on the bike seat, we felt very painful. The seat was really hard. On the way back, physical strength became a big problem. Although we felt that we recovered at noon, we still felt very tired when we were riding in the afternoon. We felt like our feet were tied with sandbags. It was very obvious when we rode uphill. However, we still persisted. The mutual encouragements of students were the reason for our resilience.
In the end, under the leadership of the teacher, toward the direction of the school to return to the original road, we were very tired, but everyone was pleased to complete our bike ride journey all together. We all hoped Shirley could get better soon.
Lingwen (Tracy) Cui, Yuji (Vaken) Cao & Dingwen (Emily) Cao