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Year 3s and the Universe: Perth Observatory Excursion

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Did you know that today the Year 3 classes went on an excursion to Perth Observatory in Bickley?

We did four activities and they were about:

  1. Shadows and Sundials
  2. Earth, Moon and Sun
  3. Our Solar System
  4. Meteorites and the Moon

We enjoyed looking at the observatory sundial, making our own, and touching part of a real meteorite! The highlight of the day was definitely seeing a historical telescope which was used for astrophotography and opening up the dome.

Some student comments:

“The very exciting part was they had a giant telescope. We even got to go and see it. First we had to walk up the stairs. Finally we got to telescope. Everyone was fascinated! The man said “Can some people help open the door for the telescope, where we look out in to the sky?” The man picked two boys. We looked out into the day sky, but could not look through the telescope. The telescope can only be used at night and it takes photos”

– Blessing


“We went to the awesome Perth Observatory. There is a BIG, BIG, BIG telescope there! We learnt about meteors, comets and asteroids. We learnt the order of the planets from the sun. It goes like this: Mercury, Venus, Earth, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus and Neptune” – Oliver
“Hi, my name is Ben. I had a fantastic day on the 29th of June on our second excursion which was to the Perth Observatory. It was epic! Awesome! I’m speechless. How do I say this? Sorry, going a little bit off track. Let me go back. The epic thing I got to learn or actually, see and feel was, can you guess? I’ll give you a clue: it came from out of space. It’s part of a real meteorite. The whole thing was humungous. It weighed almost 200kg! We got to touch part of it. Way later we got to go in a dome and look at an enormous telescope that takes two hours to take photos. It actually takes photos!”

– Ben S


“We learnt a mneumonic to learn the order of the planets today- My Very Energetic Mother Just Served Us Noodles. So the order of the planets from closest to furthest from the sun is: Mercury, Venus, Earth, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus and Neptune. We made sundials and learnt about the moon and meteors. We even got to touch a real meteorite! It felt weird. It was so much fun”

– Isaac


“My favourite part of the excursion was walking along the path and learning about the planets- Mercury, Venus, Earth, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus and Neptune”

– Isabelle L


“I really loved when we went to see the telescope, because the dome could open and close”

– Zara


He made the bright lights  in the sky
God’s love never fails.
He lets the sun rule each day,
God’s love never fails.
He lets the moon and the stars rule each night,
God’s love never fails.

Psalm 136:7-9

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