The students and staff at Holy Family Ingleburn 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 of students from Years 5 and 6, with their teachers, Trish Coffey and Kathryn Jones and some very enthusiastic parent volunteers (Michelle Parker, Michell Wydmuch & Liz Wood) spent a day 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 topic on 'Creation' and HSIE topic 'My Place in Space', which looks at the local area and conservation issues. Michaela from Campbelltown City Council will visit the school again as a part of the Waterwise Waterways. Find more information at this link.