No hedging bets on environment
ELEVEN students from Colyton Public School decided to plant a hedge in their central garden for this year’s National Tree Day.
Last week the school’s Green Team, which is tasked with the environmentally friendly jobs such as Clean Up Australia Day, planted 12 nandida shrubs as edging for a central garden that lies between the school playground and the library.
Year 1 and 2 classes created tree-themed artworks made of recycled items as a backdrop to the garden.
The hedge grows in front of a hand mural with the theme “Caring hands help trees grow”.
Evita Arce, 11, said it was important to plant trees.
“Because if we don’t plant trees we don’t have any oxygen,” Evita said.
Fellow Year 6 student Russell Ross agreed: “Because they help us get oxygen and you can get shade and stuff from them.”
Teacher Natalie Young said the school tried to teach children about sustainability and respect for the environment. “When we take stuff from the earth, we have to give back,” Ms Young said.
“The Green Team is St Clair Public School’s environmental group.
“They run environmental initiatives throughout the year such as school’s Clean Up Day and Earth Day.
“One representing student from each class is responsible for learning about, implementing and then communicating sustainable initiatives back to their class.”
More than 22 million trees have been planted over the 20 years of Planet Ark’s National Tree Day.
Colyton Public School's Green Team planting a hedge for National Tree Day.