Kids nurturing growth
SCIENCE has leapt out of the classroom and into the greenhouse at Mundubbera P–10
Year 7 students are getting their hands dirty to nurture seedlings and learn about water cycles.
Their efforts have paid off both in the classroom and garden with the trees ready to be sold.
The students started with 120 seedlings at the end of last year with a new crop of Year 7 students repotting the plants for sale.
Due to the heat, some trees did not survive the summer resulting in 90 trees available at the school.
Year 7 form teacher Katie O’Kelly was impressed by her students’ work. “A lot of them have never planted out a seedling before,” she said.
Ms O’Kelly also teaches science and used the project to demonstrate theories.
“We were talking about things like the water cycle and renewable sources of energy and we looked at trees like this that have a stable root system,” she said.
“These sorts of trees are good for erosion control; they can be used for making corridors and stabilising the ground.”
Groundsman Steven Crofts also had the opportunity to help out in the greenhouse classroom.
“He has a really good rapport with all the students,” Ms O’Kelly said. “They learnt a lot.”
To buy the trees or for information, contact 4165 5333.
HANDS ON: Tarrissa Hill, Sophie Whelan and SkyeWard learn about science through the school’s tree project.