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St Virgils Students head to the chilly south..

Posted on 8 October 2017
St Virgils Students head to the chilly south..

Above: Australian Antarctic Division director Nick Gales, far right, with St Virgil's College students at the naming announcement for the New Australian icebreaker the RSV Nuyina (noy-yee-nah), meaning southern lights in palawa kani. Picture: ALEX LUTTRELL

SIX St Virgil's College, Austin's Ferry, students are set to embark on the school trip of a lifetime after one of the school's students won a competition to name Australia's new Antarctic icebreaker.

Haidar Alnasser was named as the winner of the Australian Antarctic Division's "Name our Icebreaker" competition.

Haidar's suggested name for the new $1.9 billion ship was the RSV Nuyina (noy-yee-nah), meaning Southern Lights in palawa kani, the language of Tasmanian Aborigines.

The name was also suggested by a student from Secret Harbour Primary in Perth, WA.

Haidar's prize is a trip to Antarctica with five other students and two teachers from the College.

The group along with six students from Secret Harbour Primary will journey to Antarctica in November.

The keel of the Nuyina was laid last month, with the vessel scheduled to arrive in Hobart in 2020 and embark on its maiden voyage at the end of that year.

There were 800 entries in the national competition.

The Tasmanian Aboriginal Centre has formally approved use of the name.


From: ALEX LUTTRELL, Mercury

September 29, 2017 10:18pm 

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