Australian students chance to fly to Antarctica

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The winning students will fly from Hobart to Australia’s Wilkins Aerodrome. (Photo: Stuart Shaw)
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3rd May 2017

An Antarctic experience of a lifetime is on offer for Australian students who win a national competition to name the nation’s new icebreaker vessel, with a flight to Antarctica on offer to the winning entry.

Minister for the Environment, Josh Frydenberg MP, made the announcement at a school in Melbourne this morning.

Up to 12 students will fly to Antarctica for a day and Hawthorn West Primary School students were excited to hear that they could become the first children to fly to Antarctica and land on the continent as part of the Australian Antarctic Program.

The ‘Name our Icebreaker’ competition has two categories: primary (years 5 and 6) and secondary (years 7 and 8) with classes able to enter their suggested name in a written or video format.

The competition will give young Australians the opportunity to name the sophisticated new Antarctic resupply and research vessel which will shape the future of Australia’s Antarctic Program.

The icebreaker will be more than 156 metres long and accommodate 116 expeditioners. It will be equipped with an array of cutting-edge scientific equipment including a moon pool, multi-beam bathymetric echo sounders, hydrophones and underwater cameras.

Seven new curriculum-aligned modules about the icebreaker have also been developed on the Australian Antarctic Division’s website, ‘Classroom Antarctica’.

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Australian students chance to fly to Antarctica

Video transcript

Minister Frydenberg:
It’s great to be here at Hawthorn West Primary to announce the start of a national school competition to name our next icebreaker.

The Government is spending nearly $2billion to have a state of the art vessel which will go to Antarctica.

Now the winners of this naming competition will get an incredible opportunity.

Six students from Years 5 and 6 and two teachers and six students from Years 7 and 8 and two teachers will have the chance of a lifetime.

So, would Hawthorn West Primary like to go Antarctica? YES!

Student 1:
It’s called Gondwana Express and I thought it because Antarctica used to be called Gondwana when all the countries were combined.

Student 2:
In respect to the Aborigines, this is an aboriginal word, which is Yarramundi, which is 'deep water' in aboriginal. 

Student 3:
We thought of all these together. Another one was the Southern Cross star which we thought represents Australia and the stars.

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