St Columba’s Primary School students get bird brained


Birdwatchers Jarrod Clark and Amy Dancewicz from St Columba’s Primary School.
Picture: Andrew Ritchie        www.communitypix.com.au   d452021
Birdwatchers Jarrod Clark and Amy Dancewicz from St Columba’s Primary School. Picture: Andrew Ritchie        www.communitypix.com.au d452021

About 150 students from Years 4 to 6 took part in the eighth annual school catchment activity day, hosted by the City of Bayswater and Department of Parks and Wildlife at Riverside Gardens.

Students from St Columba’s, Weld Square and Maylands Peninsula primary schools learnt about animal conservation, field photography, indigenous lands and the food web cycle.

City water quality program officer Rebecca Ferguson said the day provided students with insight into the natural environment.

“It gives them an idea what catchment management is, how to care for the environment, learning about indigenous aspects,” she said.

Ms Ferguson said the children also learnt any rubbish put in drains could end up in WA waterways.

She said those students who previously planted native flora, during the restoration of Eric Singleton bird sanctuary, were able to see how tall their plants had grown.

Following the revitalisation program last year, swans and other varieties of birds have returned to the popular waterway.