Pupils from Bicker Preparatory School enjoyed learning about Australia last week – but they didn’t have to travel very far.
As part of the school’s studies on the country, Year 5 and 6 pupils visited some wallabies in a private garden near Donington. They also stopped off in Donington market place to view the statue of Matthew Flinders, the cartographer who circumnavigated Australia.
The children learned about his cat Trim, who was born on board ship and was a firm favourite with the crew on the voyage to Australia.Across the road from the market place, the youngsters saw the plaque showing the birthplace of Matthew Flinders.
Class teacher Wendy Bell said: “This trip was the culmination of a term’s work on Australia. The children love to celebrate famous local people such as Isaac Newton, Joseph Banks and Matthew Flinders and were pleased to be able to stand by the statue of Flinders for their photograph.”