Busy day for natural learners

Alyssa Shiel, Min Kim, Roisin Beesley, Eric Cao and Anakin Smithers, with Kimberley Innes in the wheelbarrow. Picture: Jon Hewson         www.communitypix.com.au   d441164
Alyssa Shiel, Min Kim, Roisin Beesley, Eric Cao and Anakin Smithers, with Kimberley Innes in the wheelbarrow. Picture: Jon Hewson        www.communitypix.com.au d441164

Almost 400 students were involved in creating a bush tucker garden, planting 200 native species and hands-on learning about indigenous food sources and culture in the future.

Parkwood Primary science specialist Robyn Day said the school loved having a green focus, with students encouraged to join lunch clubs such as Green Thumbs, Wiggly Worms, Compost Collectors and Litter Busters.

�Being aware of the world in which they live starts with learning about their immediate environment and to do this, children need to be encouraged to get outside and explore first hand,� she said.

�Research has shown that when we spend time in nature it helps us thrive as individuals physically, intellectually, emotionally, mentally and ethically.

�Being involved in Schools Tree Day gives students an opportunity to do something positive for their health and wellbeing, as well as the environment.�

Students are also working on creating a rainbow serpent throughout the garden using recycled plastic bottle tops and the school hopes to make the garden area a nature playground in the future.