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North Dandalup Primary


Activity

North Dandalup Primary takes pride in its many biodiversity initiatives including a beautiful walk trail, developed through two hectares of remnant bushland at the back of the school block.

This area of native bush was identified by a botanist as Marri-Kingia Australis, with rare fauna – only 83 ha are known to exist. The walk trail, named ‘Pathway to Nature’ by a Year 5 student in a competition, is signposted with entry and exit points as well as with the botanic and common names of 42 native plant species. The area is also home to brown bandicoots (quendas) and a variety of skinks and snakes.

Students maintain the area and visit with their families, and use the school’s books on wildflowers, reptiles and birds to help them learn about and identify local species. Seasonal events, such as fungi growth and spring / autumn plant growth have been the basis of lessons in the areas of The Arts, Science and Society and Environment.

Pathway to Nature

All gardens within the school grounds are native and, in addition, approximately 2500 trees have been planted around the local community each year in a bid to provide shelter for native animals and maintain ground and surface water quality.

Potting Up

A frog pond in the school enables students to observe the life cycle of frogs and study macro-invertebrates and plants that share this ecosystem. The frog pond is serviced by a solar-powered water recycling system.

Curriculum Links: Values 5. Environmental responsibility (5.2 – Conservation of the environment; 5.3 – Sustainable development)

Curriculum Links: Society and Environment (Place and Space); Science (Investigating; Life and Living); Arts (Arts Ideas)

 

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