Lessons for rising nature stewards

Callum HunterSouth Western Times
Boyanup Primary School kindy student Cloud Jones proves his bravery by handling a Stimson’s python.
Camera IconBoyanup Primary School kindy student Cloud Jones proves his bravery by handling a Stimson’s python. Credit: South Western Times, Callum Hunter

David Attenborough could have a few new conservation team members after Boyanup Primary School held a sustainability day on Thursday.

Students were treated to a series of four incursions revolving around sustainability, including a visit from several orphaned native animals rescued by Wildlife Care Bunbury.

“Today is about getting some different messages across to our kids,” deputy principal Monike Fitt said.

“We’ve got a native bee expert coming in, a local wildlife carer from Bunbury, a couple of gentlemen from the Forestry Products Commission and someone from the local fire brigade.”

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The school has been an advocate for sustainability for a number of years and has become a community leader in promoting strategies to minimise and re-use waste.

Last year the students helped to install a frog pond on site to help the local population of frogs recover after residential expansion works.

Wildlife Care Bunbury owner Doreen Jones brought in a range of native animals including young kangaroos, a ringtail possum, crested pigeon, tawny frogmouth and a Stimson's python.

“I like the children to see what wildlife there is outside and I like to teach them what we can do for them,” she said.

Before the incursions started, students and staff came together to plant more than 200 native trees and shrubs in the school gardens, courtesy of Boyanup Botanicals.

Mrs Fitt added the day was designed to get the students thinking about the importance of minimising their impact on the environment.

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