Our Year 9 Geography students participated in a planting day at the Vernal Pool site near Parafield Airport.
Vernal pools are a type of wetland which are shallow enough to dry up seasonally. The Parafield Airport Vernal Pools are the last remaining in the Adelaide metropolitan area, and are particularly significant in that they are a unique ecosystem, hosting of rare and endangered flora and fauna significant to both the region and the state.
Students planted a number of different species of plants and shrubs designed to ensure stability and protection of one of the pools. Students were given a presentation by Conservation Volunteers Australia on the importance of the area, conservation and how to correctly plant seedlings. A TV crew from Channel Ten’s Totally Wild program were on location to film the planting and a number of our students were interviewed. We look forward to watching the episode when it is screened later this year.
A week earlier, Year 11 and 12 students also visited the site to plant a different species of tree. The efforts of both groups will go a long way in helping to re-establish these unique ecosystems and provide the ability for students to connect with the wider community through purposeful learning.
We are extremely proud of our students in representing the school in the broader community and campaigning to raise awareness and funds for this important cause.