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The Owl Who Adopted A School

Abe the A Block Owl

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2 min readJun 6, 2021

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A Block is home to the admin building along with the Year 1 and Year 2 students — it’s one of the busiest and noisiest areas of the school I work at. Despite this, one hot February day, a Boobook owl was found perched on a tree in the small garden.

Abe’s visit became a teachable moment for the students.

  • Signs were placed to remind students to be quiet — owls are nocturnal.
  • Features of the Australian boobook owl were discussed.
  • Owl books were on frequent rotation in the library.
  • Stories were written.

Although the noise level reduced to a rumble, Abe kept a close eye on everyone. Students were able to witness the fascinating way owls can swivel their heads.

Photo credit: Sandi Parsons

Everyone was keen to make the most of the opportunity. Sooner or later, Abe would move on. A noisy school was no place for an owl. Apparently, Abe disagreed. In a real-life game of Where’s Wally, students would come to school and quietly play eye-spy, looking for Abe among the foliage. Occasionally Abe would disappear for a few days at a time. And every so often, Abe…

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Sandi Parsons
SNAPSHOTS

Sandi Parsons lives & breathes stories as a reader, writer, and storyteller📚 Kidlit specialist, dipping her toes in the big kid’s pool.