Students learn skills from planting trees
■ 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.
Travis McNaught and Gina Burns with the students who helped plant the trees.