HMAS Arunta has developed a relationship with local Western Australian school, Ocean Reef Primary School, to help the school run like a well oiled...ship.
The association began when some students from the school visited Arunta and were given a tour of the Anzac class frigate and the students wrote a letter of thanks back to the ship, which included a small booklet. The booklet explained how Ocean Reef Primary School operated like a ship, running routines and classes like a school but with a naval theme.
In July this year, the Principal of Ocean Reef Primary School Mr Christopher Smith , approached Arunta to see if they would like participate in Book Week from the 22-28 August. As a part of the week, the school is conducting an Extreme Reading Challenge, which includes taking pictures of students reading in extreme places.
Whilst deployed during Talisman Sabre, Arunta took the opportunity to take some photos while crew members conducted some ‘extreme reading’ of their own. Ship's company were photographed at sea and in the ship's helicopter, reading whilst undertaking their duties.
Arunta's Executive Officer, Lieutenant Commander Daniel Morris, one of the organisers on board believed it was a great way to assist the school’s initiative.
“To be able to help promote the Extreme Reading Challenge is a great way for Arunta to support Ocean Reef Primary School,” he said
“It’s a fantastic scheme, being able to encourage the young students to pick up a book and read.”
The photos will be provided to the school for the enjoyment of the children and a small contingent of the ship's company will attend an afternoon at the school reading with the students.
The relationship between Arunta and Ocean Reef Primary School has continued to develop over the last 18 months, with visits by members of ship's company to official school ceremonies such as graduations and Anzac Day services.