Stu­dents learn skills from plant­ing trees

Pilbara News - - Education - Tom Zaun­mayr

■ St Paul’s Pri­mary School stu­dents have as­sisted Land­Corp in plant­ing poin­ciana trees along the re­aligned school fence on Wel­lard Way this month.

Land­Corp West Pil­bara re­gional man­ager Travis McNaught said seven Year Six stu­dents, along with their sib­ling or buddy, took part in the ex­pe­ri­ence.

“We were ex­tremely happy with the im­me­di­ate of­fer from St Paul’s to get stu­dents in­volved in the tree-plant­ing pro­ject,” he said.

“Our land­scape con­trac­tor dug the holes and placed the seven shade trees ready for the Year 6s who, with the help of their younger sib­ling or buddy, got stuck into the job of shov­el­ling and wa­ter­ing in the new me­tre-high trees.

“We were im­pressed with how well the stu­dents fol­lowed in­struc­tions and how hard and fast they worked to get the job safely done — they should be very proud of their ef­forts.”

St Paul’s Pri­mary School prin­ci­pal Gina Burns said she had plenty of green-thumbed vol­un­teers who wanted to par­tic­i­pate in the tree plant­ing.

“It is not ev­ery day that an op­por­tu­nity lands right on your doorstep for the chil­dren to learn prac­ti­cal skills, so we were de­lighted to part­ner with Land­Corp to get our stu­dents in­volved in the tree-plant­ing pro­ject,” she said.

“The stu­dents demon­strated a will­ing­ness to get their hands dirty to help beau­tify their lo­cal com­mu­nity, which also had the added ben­e­fit of giv­ing them a fun op­por­tu­nity to learn some new gar­den­ing skills.

“The royal poin­ciana shade trees are a stun­ning ad­di­tion to the streetscape out­side our school and they will pro­vide shady spots for our stu­dents to read and re­lax dur­ing lunchtime.”

Mr McNaught said there would even­tu­ally be a new foot­path and more trees along the road con­nect­ing to the school.

Pic­ture: Pil­bara Site Pics

Travis McNaught and Gina Burns with the stu­dents who helped plant the trees.

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