From June 4 to June 8 Marian College Ararat hosted a ‘Sustainability Week’ event to shift students’ and teachers’ mindsets and encourage them to think and act sustainably in all areas of their lives.
On World Environment Day, Tuesday June 5, 21 students from Years 7 to 12 and two teachers travelled to the Black Ranges to assist Project Platypus on a tree planting site.
Students worked as a team as they learned new skills and successfully planted all the trees.
The event started around a large campfire, building tree guards and listening to the farmer explain how the project would help the local environment.
Jallukar Landcare plans to build a biological corridor linking the Black Ranges to the Grampians and one goal is to build up the local indigenous fauna like bandicoots for example.
The students broke into small teams and planted over 700 trees into the designated ripped lines of soil.
Each student took turns digging, planting or tree guarding on a beautiful sunny day.
Such was their work ethic meeting their targets early, they then enjoyed a brief walk to Bunjil Caves to take in the aboriginal paintings and incredible vista.
A barbecue lunch was enjoyed back at the campfire where the group cleaned up and returned to school after a hugely satisfying day.