Creating habitats for local birdlife and koalas
Students and staff at Holy Family have been getting their hands dirty and showing off their gardening skills in a bid to beautify their school environment whilst also helping to create habitats for local birdlife and koalas.
The Student Ecology Team – comprising students from Years 5 and 6 – with their teachers, Trish Coffey and Kathryn Jones and some very enthusiastic parent volunteers (thank you Michelle Parker, Michell Wydmuch & Liz Wood!), have spent time planting seedlings in two separate garden spaces in the school grounds.
The planting was led and assisted by Michaela Beattie, the Environmental Education Officer with Campbelltown City Council. The Council generously provided 130 seedlings that are native to the area for planting. Michaela's work is part of a Council project that aims to provide endangered native birds with a food source as well as shelter and breeding sites.
The school community is also participating in the Hollows as Homes project which is helping to provide habitats for koalas in the local area.
The Koala Campaign is part of a Year 2 learning unit on 'Creation' and HSIE unit 'My Place in Space', which looks at the local area and conservation issues.
We look forward to welcoming Michaela from Campbelltown City Council to the school again soon as a part of the Waterwise Waterways.