Department of Education

Sustainable Schools WA

Sustainable Schools WA

Kensington Primary


Context

Purpose

To showcase a student-centred approach to on-site habitat rehabilitation that involves student leadership, community engagement and creative problem solving.

This project was identified by the students as a priority for action and led to the creation of the ‘Kensington Community Gardens’.

Curriculum Links

General Capabilities

  • Literacy
  • Critical and creative thinking
  • Personal and social capability
  • Ethical understanding
  • Information and communication technology capability

Cross Curriculum Priorities

  • Sustainability

Learning Areas

  • Science
  • Geography
  • Civics and citizenship

Background

Kensington Primary School is situated in the City of South Perth in Western Australia and caters for students from Kindergarten to Year 7. Located along one boundary of the school property is a sump which was once part of the City of South Perth’s water management system but is now no longer operational. This area had been fenced off from the rest of the school grounds and was inaccessible to students for years.

In 2010, as part of the Future Problem Solving Program, Year 6 students decided to focus on the rehabilitation of the sump in order to improve the area. This project aligned with one of the school’s five core values: I respect and care about the environment. It was planned that at the completion of the project the sump would be transformed into a sustainable wetland.

A Student-centred Approach to Habitat Rehabilitation and Biodiversity Enhancement

A Student-centred Approach to Habitat Rehabilitation and Biodiversity Enhancement

Sustainability action planning

The aims of this project included:

  • restoring the natural biodiversity of the sump area;
  • creating an outdoor teaching and learning area within the sump area; and
  • strengthening community partnerships to enable the initial rehabilitation and ongoing stewardship of the sump.

During the planning phases of this project, a three step framework was used to:

  1. Determine the level of biodiversity existing in the area
  2. Determine what the students wanted the area to look like
  3. Develop a plan of how this vision could be realised

AuSSI-WA Alliance links and other connections/partnerships included:

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