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Primary school students celebrate immunology

Burnet Institute

08 November, 2011

Wembley Primary School Class 4B who won the Senior competition.

Primary school children across Melbourne put their thinking caps on to produce a short video or collage to celebrate the International Day of Immunology.

Run by the Australasian Society for Immunology with support from Burnet Institute and Monash University, the competition ‘The Body at War’ was broken into two categories, Years one to three and Years four to six.

The competition attracted more than 30 entries and engaged children in thinking about the immune system and how the body works.

Students were asked to imagine the body at war with an invading virus or pathogen and to depict this battle between the body’s defences (immune cells) and pathogen.

Burnet Institute immunologist Dr Meredith O’Keeffe said the standard of the entries was outstanding and it was difficult to select the three place getters in both age divisions.

“What pleased us the most were comments from many of the teachers involved who said the students really enjoyed the activity and learning about how the immune system works,” Dr O’Keeffe said.

“Educating young children in immune system basics is a great step forward in arming the general public with knowledge so that they can make informed decisions about things such as whether to vaccinate their children.”

Day of Immunology committee members Dr O’Keeffe, Dr Charles Hardy (Monash Department of Immunology), and Dr Julianne Bayliss (Monash Department of Medicine) coordinated the competition.

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Winning entries

Years 4 - 6

1st Prize: Wembley Primary School, ‘Wembley Fairy Tale Kingdom
2nd Prize: Box Hill Primary School, ‘Your Body at War’
3rd Prize: Castlemaine North Primary School, ‘Battle of the Body’ 232

Years 1 - 3

Ist Prize: Shelford Girls Grammar
2nd Prize: Princes Hill Primary School
3rd Prize: North Fitzroy Primary School

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