Department of Education

Sustainable Schools WA

Sustainable Schools WA

Kensington Primary


Reflection

What facilitated the process?

  • student-centred and driven;
  • partnerships with organisations that enabled students to access the expertise needed to carry out this project;
  • community support (both financial and in-kind);
  • high levels of student commitment and ownership;
  • advocacy for the project from school administration; and
  • dedication of staff to facilitate student involvement in the project.

What were the challenges?
One of the challenges encountered during this project was the length of time – nearly two years – from formulation of the project to the beginning of ground works and then to completion and opening of the Kensington Community Gardens. This challenge was overcome by the dedication and sense of ownership shown by the students, school staff and the wider community for the project.

Conclusion?
The three step framework utilised was successful in helping students to: assess current biodiversity levels; determine what is needed to maintain and/or improve biodiversity; and action plan how to move towards these outcomes.

Recommendation?
If your school has an area within the school grounds or nearby that is not exactly booming in biodiversity then the Alive and Hopping – Kensington Community Garden framework presented here could provide you with just the tools you need to take sustainability out of the classroom and plant it in the hearts of your students.

Contacts

Kensington Primary School
John Bailey (classroom teacher): johnbailey@amnet.net.au

Sustainability and WasteWise coordinators
Melissa Stojanovski: Melissa.Stojanovski@education.wa.edu.au
Raema Stanford: Raema.Stanford@education.wa.edu.au

Websites
Student website: www.alivenhopping.com
School website: www.kensingtonps.wa.edu.au
 

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