Students become garden gurus

Environment officer Rebecca Bond and Cr Heather Marcus with year 11 students Daniel, Sediq and Christian. Photo by Joe Mastroianni.

By Alesha Capone

Students at Point Cook Senior Secondary College are keen to go green.

VCAL students at the college have designed and planted 500 native plants in a “Habitat Garden” within the school grounds.

The college’s VCAL coordinator and teacher Bryce Flannery said Wyndham council donated 100 plants for the project.

“The students have been involved in Wyndham council Habitat Heroes program, where they learned about locally native plants and how to create a garden,” he said.

“Students designed the garden themselves, learnt about habitats, eco systems, local wildlife and conducted a biodiversity audit of the school.”

Mr Flannery said the results of the audit showed a need to increase and revegetate the local wildlife corridor within Point Cook.

“We are also hoping that we can teach the local community on how we can conserve, protect, monitor, and/or manage it sustainably by encouraging others to visit our garden and show them what we have achieved,” he said.

Mr Flannery said the garden project required the students to use multiple skills.

“The project provided Year 11 VCAL students the opportunity to learn and build their employability skills of problem solving, critical thinking, digital literacy, communication and presentation skills, teamwork, financial literacy project management and enthusiasm for ongoing learning,” he said.