Cowell Area School has been named runners-up in the Australian Antarctic Division’s Name Our Icebreaker competition.
The year 5/6 students worked on a submission in term two as part of their science extension program with teacher Malcolm Rogers where they researched Antarctica and its exploration.
Their submission was one of 800 from schools across the nation.
For their submission, the students chose the name ‘Crux Australis’ because crux is the scientific name for the Southern Cross.
The students felt naming the icebreaker after the Southern Cross would “encourage people to look up to the skies and the future”.
The name would also relate back to the first people, 10 from Britain, to spend winter in Antarctica in 1899, who took a ship named Southern Cross to get there.
Secondary students from St Virgil’s College in Hobart chose the winning name ‘Nuyina’, which means Southern Lights in Tasmanian Aboriginal language of palawa kani.
The first Australian Antarctic ship and the current long serving Australian icebreaker are also both named after the Southern Lights.
Cowell Area School was one of four runners-up and the only one in the state.
They received a $500 technology voucher as well as an artist’s rendition of the Nuyina presented to them by Member for Grey Rowan Ramsey.