Leopard toads wow learners

2018-12-11 06:01
Miche Wesson, Grade 6, Harmony Primary.

Miche Wesson, Grade 6, Harmony Primary.

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“The learners couldn’t stop talking about the event … they were in and out of my class wanting to talk and get pictures.”

These words from Lotus Primary School teacher, Priscilla de Wet, capture the excitement of the learners who attended the Princess Vlei Boats and Toads event on Thursday 29 November.

The event was held in partnership with Gravity Adventures, to raise awareness about and appreciation for the region’s beautiful leopard toads.

Forty learners from Lotus and Harmony primary schools attended. The learners were given worksheets about the leopard toad and they completed an activity and answered questions about habitat, size, lifecycle and threats. They then looked at photographs of a toad and modelled a life-sized clay toad based on these. The learners then visually decorated a “toad habitat” for the toads to sit on.

While one group was busy with the toads, the others went onto the water. Gravity Adventure facilitators showed the learners how to paddle, and gave them some practise on land. They were strapped into life jackets, and off they went. A few learners had a good opportunity to study toad habitats and breeding grounds when they landed up in the reeds.

According to Princess Vlei Forum secretary Bridget Pitt, western leopard toads have recently expanded their breeding grounds at Princess Vlei

“We hope that we will get more toad activity as we improve the environmental health of the area. The forum is busy with a project with older learners to monitor toad movements at the vlei and in surrounding private gardens, and to raise awareness of the need to protect these animals. Toads are on the move, and we’d like to invite any local residents to inform us of toad sightings, or if you have heard them at night. A huge thanks to Gravity Adventures for making their canoes, life jackets and facilitators available, and enabling the children to have such a wonderful time on the water, and also to the teachers who brought the children to the vlei.”

“The learners couldn’t stop talking about the event … they were in and out of my class wanting to talk and get pictures.”

These words from Lotus Primary School teacher, Priscilla de Wet, capture the excitement of the learners who attended the Princess Vlei Boats and Toads event on Thursday 29 November.

The event was held in partnership with Gravity Adventures, to raise awareness about and appreciation for the region’s beautiful leopard toads.

Forty learners from Lotus and Harmony primary schools attended. The learners were given worksheets about the leopard toad and they completed an activity and answered questions about habitat, size, lifecycle and threats.

They then looked at photographs of a toad and modelled a life-sized clay toad based on these. The learners then visually decorated a “toad habitat” for the toads to sit on.

While one group was busy with the toads, the others went onto the water. Gravity Adventure facilitators showed the learners how to paddle, and gave them some practise on land. They were strapped into life jackets, and off they went. A few learners had a good opportunity to study toad habitats and breeding grounds when they landed up in the reeds.

According to Princess Vlei Forum secretary Bridget Pitt, western leopard toads have recently expanded their breeding grounds at Princess Vlei.

“We hope that we will get more toad activity as we improve the environmental health of the area. The forum is busy with a project with older learners to monitor toad movements at the vlei and in surrounding private gardens, and to raise awareness of the need to protect these animals. Toads are on the move, and we’d like to invite any local residents to inform us of toad sightings, or if you have heard them at night.

“A huge thanks to Gravity Adventures for making their canoes, life jackets and facilitators available, and enabling the children to have such a wonderful time on the water, and also to the teachers who brought the children to the vlei.”

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