MORE than 30 Caritas College students rolled up their sleeves to participate in Planet Ark’s National Tree Day and Schools Tree Day on Thursday, September 14, planting about 40 trees along the school’s oval fence line.
The school’s entire Student Representative Council (SRC) team from Reception through to Year 12 took part in the event, with the older students mentoring the younger ones through the planting process.
Teacher Fiona Plunkett, who organised the planting day, said students learned why it is important and useful to plant trees, which were sourced from the Australian Arid Land Botanic Gardens.
“The experience allowed students to learn new skills in preparing the ground for planting, carefully taking the trees out of their pots, the importance of loosening the roots and refilling the holes,” she said.
“It was a fantastic opportunity for our students to do something positive for our environment and reconnect with nature.”
Ms Plunkett said Caritas College has had a focus on environment and sustainability for the past two years.
“We are continually aiming to improve our school environment through land care such as holding frequent emu parades, revegetation such as planting trees and shrubs around our school grounds and reducing our waste through education and our weekly Nude Food Fridays,” she said.
“This focus is important to us as we all have a responsibility to care for and tend to God’s creation so we can enjoy it together now and in the future.”
Northpoint Toyota Port Augusta supported the event, supplying the students with special National Tree Day gloves and t-shirts.
Northpoint General Manager Kym Grover said it was great to see the young students get involved in an important community event.
“This is very important for the environment, but it’s also great to connect with the young students,” Mr Grover said.
“The younger kids with the support of the older kids will get to watch the trees that they planted grow … I never got to do anything like this when I was at school.”