Children from Grades 1/2 as part of their Inquiry Unit in building more sustainable school grounds decided we needed a bird, bug and frog friendly space in the school.
The children investigated what these creatures needed- including suitable plants and materials to create habitats and drew some designs for a disused area in the school ground.
We had two working bees which involved interested parents, students and representatives from Mitre 10 working together to make these gardens a reality. The children have been really excited and proud of their efforts and enjoy visiting the area to watch the visiting birds and butterflies. The frog ponds are being stocked with aquatic plants and invertebrates and the tadpole spawn will be arriving next year. Children in environment club have been nurturing the new plants which are thriving and recording the increasing diversity of insects and birds that have been attracted to the area. This project was entered into the Glen Eira Excellence in Schools Award and won a High Commendation which our school community is proud of.
Most importantly the children envisaged this project and have worked hard to ensure its’ continued success. It is now an integral part of our outdoor learning landscape which also houses our chickens and compost recycling systems.