Schools and the environment

B4C values our partnerships with schools in this catchment and beyond. Together we can bring positive and practical learning and environmental outcomes through education projects and activities. 

 

Kathy Yeo facilitating water testing

Kathy Yeo facilitating water testing at Salvin Creek with St Laurence’s College geography students.

Our secretary Heather Barns regularly leads bus trips and site tours as well as delivers presentations for school students.

Snapshot of our school projects and activities:

Whites Hill State College

We are currently building a wildlife corridor (especially important for squirrel gliders and koalas) with WHSC and have had many events with them. The college has a State Government Everyone’s Environment Grant. B4C also obtained a Federal Government Stronger Communities Grant for re-vegetating and installing nest boxes in the school grounds and the adjoining Bill Hewitt Reserve.

Each year Heather takes the Year 3s on a guided walk to Whites Hill Reserve, teaching plant identification, natural features and historical information.

St Laurence’s College

We teamed up with St Laurence’s College and Powerlink to revegetate and enhance an important biodiversity corridor in Runcorn. The ‘playing fields rehabilitation and revegetation project’ will improve the environmental values of a site adjacent to Bulimba Creek and traversed by Powerlink’s Algester to Runcorn transmission line. This helps the strategic biodiversity corridor connecting Flinders Peak to the Bay Islands.

Each year Heather takes the Year 11 Geography students on an excursion to look at human impacts on local waterways.

Mt Gravatt State High School

For about 15 years we have been taking Year 11 Geography students on excursions to look at human impacts on local waterways and how community and government are addressing problems. With Year 7 Geography students, we have been demonstrating the four main types of pollution through games.

The first Pollinator Link site was at Mt Gravatt SHS. Mt Gravatt Environment Group works on-site inside the school grounds at least once a month. They are often helped by Griffith Mates.

Belmont State School

Heather delivered a presentation about the catchment to STEM students.

B4C also assisted in planning the new garden in the school grounds. We helped choose suitable native plants and pollinator-friendly.

Cannon Hill Anglican College

We took CHAC Year 11 students on a school excursion to explore waterway health.

Rochedale State High School

We led Year 7 Science/Geography students on a creek observation activity within school grounds. This explored and studied native plants, weeds and waterway health.

Mansfield State High School

Heather presented to year 11 students about the Bulimba Creek Catchment. She also provided them with information about creek at the back of the school including what rehabilitation the local bushcare group and B4C has done there over last few years.

Harty Street Kindy

Mike Fox of MEG and Pollinator Link spoke to the kids about Pollinator Link.

Albert St Flexible Learning

Stefan Hattingh of B4C undertook a planting at Minnippi with the students. He also had a discussion on snakes and other local wildlife.

San Sisto College

Year 7 Geography students had an excursion to Sustainability Centre. It included a tour of our nursery and a presentation about our catchment. We’ve also had regular groups from the school visiting after school hours to learn more about nursery propagation.

Last updated 1st November 2016. Watch this space for more school updates!

Teaching children about the natural world should be treated as one of the most important events in their lives.

– Thomas Berry

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