Ungarra Primary School welcomes back parents with billy carts

RACER: Tahnee Modra sits in her billy cart in a paddock at Modra Seeds at Ungarra, where the Billy Cart Bash took place.
RACER: Tahnee Modra sits in her billy cart in a paddock at Modra Seeds at Ungarra, where the Billy Cart Bash took place.

Ungarra Area School parents and students enjoyed a day of billy cart fun on Thursday as the school reconnected with parents after easing of COVID-19 restrictions.

The school held a Billy Cart Bash at Modra Seeds Farm at Ungarra to celebrate the students' STEM learning and to reconnect with parents and the wider school community since restrictions had eased further.

Junior and senior primary students raced on a downhill track on billy carts designed and constructed by six teams of students.

Staff and parents even joined the students in the racing fun and after the races were finished a silent auction was held for an example cart provided by Bunnings Port Lincoln.

Primary school principal Karl Robst said Bunnings had been very supportive, providing materials and equipment to create the carts.

He said the carts were an example of what the students could achieve through their STEM studies.

"It's integral in having the kids apply the knowledge of science, technology, engineering and mathematics through real life applications by getting involved in community activities," he said.

"It's a great opportunity for the kids to combine their learning and then apply it."

Mr Robst said it was fantastic to have the parents back and involved in school activities after a time of restrictions.

"We have a very connected family community around the school," he said.

"To have them back in the classroom, seeing the kids' learning, supporting the kids' learning and then be included in a day like this is amazing."

Justin Modra who hosted the event on his property said it was great to see the school community coming together and having some fun.

"We've been somewhat more isolated than we'd normally would be so it's great to get together and catch up," he said.