Kids nur­tur­ing growth

Central and North Burnett Times - - AROUND TOWN - Kather­ine Kokko­nen kather­ine.kokko­

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.

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