Pearsall Primary School gets involved in the City’s Adopt a Bushland program
Published Friday, 4th June 2021
Students and staff at Pearsall Primary School now have their own pocket of bushland to care for after formally adopting Ashbrook Park.
As part of the City of Wanneroo’s Adopt a Bushland program, Pearsall Primary School students learn about the importance of protecting bushlands close to their school.
Through the program, students carry out weeding, plant new natives, and remove litter to help protect and improve the natural biodiversity of their adopted reserve.
In addition, students go on guided walks led by staff from the City’s Parks and Conservation Management team.
City of Wanneroo Mayor Tracey Roberts said the program teaches our youngest residents about the importance of protecting our natural assets.
“By adopting a bushland, school communities acquire skills on nurturing their local environment, learn about local flora and fauna and help preserve our natural assets for current and future generations to enjoy,” Mayor Roberts said.
“The Adopt a Bushland program is part of the City’s focus on conservation and ensuring minimal impact on our bushlands, wetlands, coastlines and landforms.”
City of Wanneroo Technical Officer Parks and Conservation Management, Marie Pudelek, said the program creates positive environmental change.
“We are proud to be working so closely with students to help them develop, learn and grow in the environmental conservation space,” she said.
Pearsall Primary School Teacher, Jacqueline Cannon, said the school takes pride in looking after the local environment.
“These inclusive outdoor classroom experiences encourage creativity, imagination, leadership and problem-solving skills, and are designed to support the children’s social, emotional and physical wellbeing,” she said.
“All students across all year levels have opportunities to engage in this area, from clearing rubbish to regenerating the area with native flora and taking part in guided bush walks led by the City’s Parks and Conservation Management team.”
Other local schools, including Tapping Primary School, Butler College and Mercy College, have also adopted a bushland.
The City also works closely with St Stephens Primary and High School, Waddington Primary School, Yanchep Secondary College, Two Rocks Primary School and the Wanneroo Scouts to do annual planting.
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