A Welcome to Country was followed by discussions on the positive impact of environmental projects at St John’s and its Youth Environment Council program. Guests were taken on a tour of the school’s recently completed biodiversity garden, which the student environmental leaders were instrumental in planning and delivering.
Leadership responsibilities that the students took on, with the support of Green Adelaide, included researching which local plants were suitable for their garden; designing and constructing the garden space; visiting their local plant nursery to meet the grower; and writing applications for two grants to fund their project.
Jamie Mulcahy, assistant principal Religious Identity and Mission, said throughout the process student leaders regularly visited all classes in the school to involve them and provided weekly updates for the school Facebook page.
He said staff had started exploring the learning benefits that the site provides, including the study of life cycles, food webs and ecosystems.
Green Adelaide’s Sustainable Schools is a free program offered to help schools teach about and connect to the natural world, lead informed action and enable active citizens.
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