Sea Turtle Festival “Sea Turtle Festival in the time of Covid-19”

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The Festival this year was held as a Webinair that was the first in its genre bringing students from Mahe, Praslin and La Digue together using the Zoom platform. Guest speakers from various local NGOs and organisations conducted short presentations discussing the different programmes that their organisations are undertaking in regards to the protection of the sea turtle. There were questions after each presentation and students from both Primary and Secondary attended the Webinair conference. It was a very exciting event and the participants were very thrilled to be part of this event. This conference will be recorded so that more students can listen later and learn about protecting the sea turtles of Seychelles.

 

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Caterpillar Capers

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The arrival of 5 hungry caterpillars in ISS caused a lot of reaction. The early morning gardeners discovered the Deaths Head Hawks moth Caterpillar feeding on the plants we were watering. What a surprise ! This amazing caterpillar has a skull on its head and is very large. The students were amazed and did some research about this wonderfully hungry caterpillar. Some pupils remembered the famous story about a caterpillar and Mr Scott took time to explain the lifecycle of a butterfly. This particular moth makes a mouse like squeaking noise and can often be found raiding beehives in Seychelles for the honey. One student from the class also found some of these creatures in his garden and he brought them in to show the class. All 5 of them started munching happily in the tank and after learning more about them the students were happy to release them into the school garden so they could eat some more!

 

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Year 6 Environmental Trips

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6A was very excited to participate in some outdoor education lessons this term. The 3 sessions included a trip to Port Launay beach to study plants and leaves, a journey to the waterfall via the mangrove boardwalk in the Ramsar wetlands and a tour of the Biodiversity Centre at Barbarons to find out more about endemic plants.

The students were extremely interested and learnt a lot about Seychelles flora and fauna and they were able to compare the wetlands at Port Launay with the ISS wetlands where our students have been doing a lot of planting to regenerate the mangrove area.

 

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ISS ART STUDENTS ILLUSTRATE CLIMATE CHANGE IN BIG DRAW EVENT

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ISS students along with 5 other schools in Mahe got together to share their concerns about climate change. ‘Big Draw’ has been organised by the Arterial Network Seychelles for the last four years. This year’s event took place last Saturday under the theme ‘A Climate of Change’ and brought the work of 80 students together.

The Big Draw was to show how the students saw themselves playing a part in Global warming and Climate change. The words that ISS students had to illustrate were “We are the change”. The students integrated portraits of themselves into different natural elements – either positive or negative ones depending on their view of the state of the planet.

The students had a bit of time to develop their concepts and all the drawings were done in one day. The drawings were put together by 2 representatives from the school to show the complete quotations and spread a powerful pro-environmental message. The art work was displayed in the Eden Island art space. Well done to everyone who took part in this event.

 

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