This year 450 plants that are indigenous to the Monash area were planted behind the portables in order to extend the wildlife corridor between the school and the council easement. They will provide food and shelter for our native wildlife and Mrs Miles has already noticed a significant increase in birdlife in the area! When established, the area will also double as an outdoor learning space for scientific learning such as studying life cycles, mini beasts, nature and wildlife.  The Senior Environment team ran the day and everyone got out into nature and had great fun!

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Schools Tree Day, held on the last Friday of July (24th July 2015), is a special day for Australia’s school children. As budding environmentalists they are doing their bit for our country by planting native trees and shrubs and beautifying our school grounds. Over 250,000 school children were involved in last year’s event. Tree Day shows us how easy and fun it is to help our environment and connect with nature.

“Planting native trees in our school is a great way to ensure that plenty of habitat is provided for our native wildlife,” says Earnest Eco-Earth. “It’s also an important way that we can contribute to the environment and help fight climate change at a community level.”

This year 400 plants will be planted along the back fence gardens, around the back of the portables making the gardens look better and to provide a place for our local wildlife to eat and live safely. This will be our 15th Annual Tree Planting Day at MWPS and will go towards our school maintaining its BIODIVERSITY Star as part of the AUSSI Resource Smart Schools Program.

Also a colouring competition is being held again this year with fabulous environmentally themed prizes on offer. Colouring sheets can be obtained from classroom teachers or from the COMPETITIONS page of the MWPS SUSTAINABILITY blog (see tab above or click on the word COMPETITIONS). The link is

This year there is a junior entry (Prep – 2), a senior entry (Yrs 3-6) and a teacher/parent entry. This way the whole family can be involved! However, the senior entry is a little different this year. We are expecting students to embellish the tree outline to represent this year’s theme; We Can Grow So Much! What they put in the tree is only limited to their imagination!

All entries must have the child’s/adult’s name and grade on the front and can be given to Ms Leary (room LA7) or left at the office. The competition closes on FRIDAY JULY 31st. No late entries will be accepted.

For more information on Planet Ark’s Tree Planting Day click on the link: