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Tree Planting with Year 11 Science Students

We are grateful to have gone beyond the classroom to take part in stewarding the ecosystem in our local area.

As part of the Year 11 and 12 Integrated Science course, we have been examining how ecosystems function and how there are different parts of an ecosystem that have important roles within the environment.

On the sunny afternoon of 24 June, Mr Eikelboom and the students were able to participate in planting trees. This activity was facilitated by Ross Wylie, a Community Landcare Officer from the Armadale Gosnells Landcare Group.

Our planting was within Southernwood Park in Gosnells. The Southern River (a tributary of the Canning River) runs through the park. We noticed that there were invasive plants that had grown in some large sections of the park, rather than the native, diverse habitat that was once there. After walking past some of the planting zones from previous years and from earlier this year, we arrived at our barren planting site, ready to plant some trees. Some of us had the task of drilling the planting holes, while the rest of us grabbed a tray of plants and started planting.

We really enjoyed having the chance to be outside the classroom for the afternoon and roaming along the riverbank. With the knowledge that we have gained from learning about ecosystems within the classroom, we are grateful to have gone beyond the classroom to take part in stewarding the ecosystem in our local area. God has helped us to respond with wisdom after learning about the world He created.

Many thanks to Ross Wylie for enabling us to be involved in this activity and sharing his experience and knowledge with us during the afternoon.

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