The Year 2 and 3 students at Falls Road Primary School have been very busy this term on a couple of initiatives inspired by the City of Kalamunda Adopt a Patch Program.
In first term the students had an opportunity to engage in the Trillion Trees education program. They were visited by Mr John Winter from Trillion Trees who spoke of the important role our native flora played in the everyday lives of our indigenous people. He also explained to the students that certain species were indigenous to certain areas and how it was important to know this prior to planting. The students then transferred seedlings to small pots in readiness for planting our Aboriginal Seasons garden.
In the first week of Term 4 Mr Winter and his assistant Anya McCarthy returned to the school to assist students to plant their plants in their seasons garden. The plants were placed according to the season that they produce fruit/food for the Aboriginal people as they made their way to and from the coast.
The students are creating permanent signs during their Art lessons to identify the seasons.
In week two of Term 4 the students engaged with Mrs Cathy Levett from Millennium Kids. The students enjoyed a nature walk through Fred Eversden Reserve (adjacent to the school) identifying native flora and discussing how the plants assisted the Noongar people of the area. Cathy gave the students an opportunity to look at flowering plants close up, the favourite obviously being the Trigger Plant (Stylidium). They also discussed what local fauna may live in the reserve whilst listening to the abundant bird calls. The students learnt about non indigenous plants and the negative impact these have on our environment.
Sharon McCarthy, Teacher , Falls Road PS