Kenmore State High School students from years 7 to 12 planted 1000 native plants on the outskirts of the oval next to Moggill Creek to celebrate Schools Tree Day in 2021.
This event was proudly supported by Planet Ark, Sci-Fleet Toyota and Dr Christian Rowan MP. Sci-Fleet Toyota has been a major sponsor of National Tree Day and the Tree Day plantings at Kenmore State High School for over 20 years.
The current climate change is the variation in weather and temperature patterns due to societies’ carbon emissions. These variations are resulting in damaged ecosystems and rises in temperature. It is for these reason that many keen minds around the world are striving to solve this dilemma and the students of Kenmore State High School are no exception.
On 30th of July 2021, students volunteered to participate in the school’s annual tree planting day. Since the beginning of this tradition in 2002, with teacher Mike Walker, students of Kenmore State High School have planted over 25,000 native plants in the school grounds.
Last year, 56 students participated in the event. The students of Kenmore State High School have expressed an interest in the local catchment.
“If we were the problem, we should also be the solution and do everything we can to help.” – Amelia, Grade 10 student
Many who joined the event shared similar ideologies, helping the best they could in restoring their section of Moggill Creek. Tree planting day is an important part of the Kenmore State High School community and proves to be meaningful for many of the students.
“I really hate how humans have destroyed the planet and I think it is a really good thing to try and help it.” – Emily, Grade 10 Student
Since 2002, Bruce Dymock, convenor of the Kenmore State High School P&C Environmental Group, has been a regular and integral participant in the event. Through his efforts, he has witnessed many unique sightings of the catchment’s greatest features. These include bandicoots, gliders, possums, micro-bats and many more. The fauna are incredibly important to the creek. They play an important role in the biodiversity of the environment.
By planting trees and attempting to restore the creek banks, this will provide a better home for the diverse animals living in our community.
“Every small step each one of us takes can have an effect on those issues such as global warming.” – Mr Dymock
It is for these reasons that Kenmore State High School joined the Land for Wildlife program, because they believe in a better, greener future.
The students had a great experience and felt closer to their community and their environment. Hopefully, many others will join as well to help repair the damage we, as a society, have caused our ecosystems.
Article by Alex Dimitrijevic and Pia Strodl
Kenmore State High School Students