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Trinity College's outdoor education
facility, Blackham, was one of the many
areas destroyed by the fire earlier this
However, the destruction has provided an
opportunity to educate students about the
Australian bush's capacity to regenerate
and sustain itself through hard times.
"The bush is, in fact, resilient and the
kids get that word mentioned quite a
lot at school; be resilient, recover from
drawbacks and disadvantage, and it is
good to show them that nature can do the
same thing," Blackham co-ordinator Dr
Michael Slocombe said.
The students were shown how a large
tree had been struck down by the fire,
yet fungi and bacteria had already begun
decomposing the wood for future growth.
"We could see where the tree roots had
burnt out underground, leaving a big pit,
but we can also see how the fungus was
developing around the burnt wood," he
"The fungus actually decomposes the
wood and that helps put nutrients back
into the earth so that the soil can produce
more plants into the future."
The facility was re-fenced and the toilet
blocks and water tanks were replaced at
the end of term two.
The college hopes that within a few years
the area will be restored to its pre-fire
"It is good to see the rejuvenation of
the yakkas and the eucalypts, but it is
going to take a long time before the
groundcovers come back.
"We're hoping that within a few years
time the area up around the shelter
shed will be recovered nicely and that
the whole block will be restored to a
MARTIN Walker will be the guest speaker
at the Gawler History Team's meeting next
Mr Walker has spoken to the group in previous years
and will return to present more from his historic
postcards of Gawler collection.
This time, he will base his presentation on special
events in the town.
The meeting will be held at 7.30pm in the Zion
Lutheran Church Hall on November 5.
Interested members of the public are welcome to
attend and can RSVP to Brian (0412 015 990).
A STUDENT workshop to learn more
about dyslexia will be held next Friday in
Evanston and feature special guests Alex
Edmondson and Neil MacKay.
World champion cyclist Edmondson and world
dyslexia expert MacKay are attending STARplex
for the workshop, which is for students with
dyslexia, as well as other students who struggle to
communicate their ideas in school.
"It is also aimed at students who spend all night
revising for a test and wake up in the morning to
find they have forgotten everything," Dyslexia
Action Group Barossa and Gawler Surrounds
chairperson Sandra Marshall said.
"The approach will be as far away from
traditional classroom style as possible and the
focus will be on really practical strategies for
students who think faster than they read, and who
have great ideas in their head, but struggle to
get them onto paper -- especially in test or exam
"We will also look at ways to spell those complex
jargon words that students understand and use
effectively when speaking, but which often come
out wrong when written down."
The workshop will be held on Thursday, October
29, at STARplex from 4.30pm to 7.30pm.
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THE ravages of the Sampson Flat bushfire are delivering more than just a fire safety message; for Trinity College
students it is a message of resilience.
Resilient to ﬂames
Trinity College students Ebony Muthy (left), Sophie Bubner, Fatin Syed, Nicholas Elverd and
Noah Schell were fascinated to learn about the resilience of the Australian bush.
PHOTO: Kimberley Pratt
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It is also aimed at students who
spend all night revising for a
test and wake up in the morning to ﬁnd
they have forgotten everything.
- SANDRA MARSHALL
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