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St Columba's plants over 1,000 plants for the planet!

Posted on 12 February 2016

On Friday our Years 3-6 students ventured out into the stunning sunshine and down to Elwood foreshore to take part in Schools National Tree Day.

The students were guided by April and Karen from the Port Phillip Eco Centre together with Damien and members of the CityWide team as they got to work planting locally indigenous tubestock.

The aim was to plant 250 trees to encourage and support Point Ormond bird species. By the end of the session we had planted an impressive 1,000 trees!

During the day we also learnt about our local Indigenous culture. David Johnstone from the Boon Wurrung Foundation delivered four fascinating Indigenous Perspective sessions for the students. Dave is an archaeologist and also spoke about his job and how he works with the Bay.

This day was supported by CoastCare Victoria as part of our initiative: 'St Columba's Caring for our Coast', as well as the Victorian Governmentâs Port Phillip Bay Fund and CityWide.

A very big thank you to our fabulous parent Green Team and Port Phillip Eco Centre who not only won the $3,600 CoastCare grant to put towards the costs of the day, but also worked with Ms Munoz to organise the logistics and walk the students there and back. Thanks also to Judy Forsyth who helped out with the walking bus on the day.

All in all, the day got the big green thumbs up from everyone that took part!

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