Eco Warriors & National Tree Planting Day

By Amy, Year 3/4

On the 29th of July the 3/4s participated in the National Tree Planting Day. We planted shrubs and understory plants to freshen up our school.

The title of our Inquiry unit this term is called ‘With My Own Two Hands,’ and we have literally been doing things with our own two hands by planting lots of native plants in our school garden beds.

Also, in Inquiry, we are learning all about biodiversity with Sharron from the St Kilda Eco Centre during workshops on Wednesdays. We didn’t just do planting on the 29th, we also did an experiment called ‘Potato Shoots’ that focused on growth – we won’t know the final results of this until after a few weeks.

We also made two murals; one with a tree a forest habitat and the other with the beach as a marine habitat. The fourth activity was with Sharron, we listened to a story about the wetlands and needed to make links between habitats and food chains. I learnt that frogs and fish have the worst luck in the wild because a lot of animals love to eat them! Gio from the Eco Centre also came along and helped us to install two possum and bird houses.

We would like to say a huge thank you to Sharron and Gio from the St Kilda Eco Centre; Anna, Judy, Sam, Helen, Mel, Diana and other parents for helping to organise and make this day possible. A special thank you goes out to Luke from Form Landscaping for donating some plants and all the fertilised soil, and to Scott Wise from the Rochester Native Nursery for donating many of native plants. And a big thanks to the Hamer Sprout Fund for helping bring Sharron and Gio to our school.

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