Students from St Joseph's School were taken on a cruise on the PS Oscar W when it pulled into Murray Bridge

When the fog cleared from the Murray River on the morning of June 5, the year three children from St Joseph’s School were jubilant.

The crew of the ‘PS Oscar W’ paddle steamer were able to safely leave the Murray Bridge Wharf to take the excited children on a short cruise.

Thanks to the generosity of the Alexandrina Council, the Friends of the ‘PS Oscar W’, and the dedicated crew, the children were able to further their learning about their local environment and its history.  The paddle steamer travelled from Goolwa to provide this valuable experience for them.

The volunteer crew patiently answered many questions from the curious children about the history of transport on the river, how the river is navigated, and the operation of the paddle steamer.

Four groups of students from years three and five were privileged to experience time aboard the boat during its visit to Murray Bridge.  Their learning about the history and sustainability of the river was greatly enhanced and they returned to school motivated to complete a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) challenge where they designed and created their own boats. 

Thanks to the...Alexandrina council, the friends of the PS Oscar W, and dedicated crew, the children were able to further their learning about their local environment and its history.

Sarah Ellis