We are very excited to welcome "Lesedi" to the Wirreanda Unit. She is one of five small stuffed rhinos made with African fabrics, travelling to classes in different parts of the world to advocate and bring attention to the fight against rhino poaching. Lesedi has recently been to New Zealand and is now to spend several weeks with us before we send her back to New Zealand.
The name "Lesedi" means 'Light' in Setswana and we think she is very cute.

In both classes we have been exploring ideas including:
  • the mistreatment of animals
  • how we can raise awareness of cruelty
  • animal poaching
  • what endangered means
  • Africa and it's other amazing animals
  • why the horns are taken

We look forward to sharing both our learning about rhino's and the ways we encourage others to think about this amazing endangered creature.

Our Travelling Rhino Lesedi has been settling in, making herself at home in our Unit.
Lately she has been getting out and about, sight seeing and trying new things.
This week Lesedi went Swimming and to Gymnastics.

It's the deep end. Don't be scared Lesedi!

Lesedi watched students practise their rescues from the comfort of a kick board!
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Lesedi even participated in our daily fitness sessions, skipping, jumping and cycling.
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During Maths, Lesedi found a play dough friend. That's a great looking pink Rhino!
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Lesedi practised cat poses as a warm up before Gymnastics.
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Lesedi was caught having a rest during warm ups stretching.
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Who knew Rhinos could be so flexible?!
As part of Lesedi's visit we have been learning about Rhinos. We have been doing a lot of research and learning more about the reasons why Rhinos are endangered. We have learnt a range of interesting facts and are now working on what we can do to raise awareness on this endangered animal.
Stay tuned for our research as we are keen to share our creations.

Our Visit To Monarto Zoo

Our ‘Travelling Rhino’ Lesedi has been with us for a few weeks now and has spent her time participating in our classroom lessons as well as coming shopping, volunteering andswimming. Lesedi’s journey around the world has given us insight into issues that we didn’t previously know existed.
Learning more about the rhino population, threats to rhinos and conservation initiatives has inspired us to be a part of the solution to rhino poaching. As a group we have decided that raising awareness is the most powerful thing that we are able to. Currently we are working on a range of projects that are designed to shock, inspire and motivate audiences to play a role in rhino conservation.
As we continue to explore and learn more about the ‘Save the Rhinos’ conservation project, we thought a trip to Monarto Zoo would be a perfect way to get some real life inspiration.
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We couldn’t believe our eyes when we saw the Rhinos for the first time! They were quiet and calm. We were lucky enough to get up close and feel the Rhino’s skin. It was covered in a layer of mud, which we learnt was to protect their skin as it is actually quite sensitive.
We were also very impressed by the giraffes. The giraffes were very interested in our tour bus and were happy for us to take some photos.
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Stay tuned for some more info and photos about our trip to Monarto!
Keep checking in as we will begin to upload our messages/pieces of work on supporting rhino conservation and putting an end to rhino poaching.


The last day of term was a great opportunity for us to share the learning that we had done through out the term on our ‘Save the Rhinos’ unit.

We held an exhibition in our new Learning Hub which was open to staff and students. Some teacher brought their classes to have a look. Not only had we worked hard to produce displays and interactive ways to share info but we were also able to talk to students about why our cause was important. We wanted to raise awareness on Rhino poaching and we most certainly reached a large number of students.

Emma researched her information on the internet and presented it in a Thinglink. Students were able to use the new laptops in the Learning Hub to click on the links. Check it out! Click here!

Gemma created a post on her blog on why it is important to save Rhinos, read Gemma’s post here.
Sophie created a replica of a rhino horn which was an engaging way to start conversations about Rhino poaching.
Mrs. Evans class created a huge Rhino for our display which was extremely eye catching! Some students had even hand sewn pieces of artwork to attach to the Rhino.

Why It Is Important That Rhinos Are Saved. - By Gemma

It is important that rhinos are saved because our future generations need to gain the knowledge that comes from the experience of seeing a rhino out in the wild. Sure they can read about rhinos in books or on websites on the internet, but nothing can compare to seeing a real live rhino.
Sadly, it seems that our future generations may never get the chance to see a rhino in real life. The rhino population has been steadily declining ever since the earlier part of the twentieth century.
There are many reasons behind the drop in numbers. However, the main threat that has driven this particular species to the very brink of extinction is none other than the human race.
There are four different ways humans have contributed to the increase in deaths of rhinos.
The first way is medicine. Poachers have killed rhinos so that they can cut off the horn and grind it into a powder believed to carry healing properties to sell off to the more traditional parts of Asia for a large sum of money. But recent studies conducted by scientists on this brand of medicine tell us that the healing properties many believe that the rhino horn has is more or less a myth.
The second way is destruction of habitat. Thousands of trees have been cut down in the rhino's habitat so that they can be made into things like furniture you can buy at the shops and the wood used in your fireplace. And people do this regardless of whether they are given authorisation to do this or not.
The third way is political conflict. There are some areas in Africa where the usual laws and the order required to uphold these laws have deteriorated to such a degree that war has actually sprung up there and there is no stability whatsoever in the politics that apply to these particular areas. With things in such complete chaos, it's no surprise that poachers are having a field day with this.
And the fourth and very last way to kill off rhinos is to poach them so that their horns can be made into handles for daggers.
It's very sad to hear about, isn't it? And most people don't even realise what kind of impact that the absence of the rhino will have. And it won't just affect us, but the entire world.
If the rhino becomes extinct the natural order of things could be thrown entirely out of whack. Ecosystems can be a very delicate thing. One wrong move and the whole thing could collapse like a house of cards.
In conclusion, rhinos are valuable living beings that are worth saving.
The rhinos at Monarto Zoo
The rhinos at Monarto Zoo
The rhinos at Monarto Zoo

Saving the Rhino's - a blog post by Alex

Rhinos are critically endangered in several African countries.They are endangered because of a few reasons. One reason is because of poaching. The other reasons are habitat loss and political conflict.
Poachers are people who kill rhinos for their horns because they get paid by people who believe there is medicine in their horns.
Last year 1004 rhinos were killed by poachers. If rhinos are killed at this rate there would be more deaths than births. If there are less births than deaths there will be none left. Horns cost lots of money because scientists think they have medicine in their horns. Many years ago there were approximately ten thousand rhinos across Africa and Asia.There are only 28,00 rhinos surviving in the wild. Rhinos have been around for 40 million years. Poachers have caused the drastic decline in rhino numbers.Rhino deaths will takeover births in 2016-2018 means Rhinos could go extinct in the very near future. Police and authority's are catching more and more poachers. This is helping to save the rhinos from extinction.
Another reason for Rhinos numbers are going down is because of habitat changes. Builders are clearing land to build houses which is destroying the rhino habitats.

It is easier for poachers to kill rhinos in Africa because law and order was broken down.

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