Primary students get environmentally hands-on at City of Bayswater’s Catchment Activity Day


Bayswater Primary School Year 4 students Sophie Hamer, Alexis Metcalfe, Phoebe Bath and Ayla Harris. Pictures: Kristie Lim
Bayswater Primary School Year 4 students Sophie Hamer, Alexis Metcalfe, Phoebe Bath and Ayla Harris. Pictures: Kristie Lim

MORE than 120 primary school students took part in hands-on environmental workshops at the City of Bayswater’s Catchment Activity Day in Riverside Gardens yesterday.

Weld Square, Maylands Peninsula, Hillcrest Primary and Bayswater primary schools completed a guided walk through Eric Singleton Bird Sanctuary and workshops involving aquatic macroinvertebrates, a life-sized board game and Aboriginal culture.

Maylands Peninsula Primary School student councillor Grace Wilson-Clark, Hillcrest Primary School head girl Lauren McPhee, Bayswater Mayor Dan Bull, Weld Square Primary School river ranger leader Jayde Burrows, Bayswater Primary School student Nazario Whyte.

The event was co-ordinated by the City in partnership with Nearer to Nature from the Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions.

Department project officer Joselyn Juraszek said the students withstood “four seasons” of weather in one day.

Hillcrest Primary School students Ruhan French and Evie Jensen.

“Some of the key things that they enjoyed, in particular, was the Frog Wheel in the wetland as part of a walk through,” she said.

“The Aboriginal cultural activity; they have been putting on some kangaroo skins and tapping sticks and listening to some Noongar cultural stories.

“The giant life-size board game was where they really understand how to keep the waterways healthy.”

Mayor Dan Bull said the workshops taught children about sustainable practices that would protect the natural environment into the future.

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