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Our Environmental Treasure

Found in: Leadership Blog

Encouraging children to appreciate and enjoy the natural, outdoor environment has become a global focus in recent years.

The play spaces in Kings Park, Woodbridge Park, and our own Sculpture Park reflect this consciousness and perceived value.

Our College is seated in a beautiful natural bush environment, and has often been the envy of other school's when they plan to build this kind of natural play environment for their students.

We have it on our doorstep, and use the natural bush for student learning. Mundaring Christian College students enjoy bush walks, exploring and even to cook a damper or two with the help of their teachers as part of History, Science or Technology classes.

The River Ranger programs encourage students to learn new skills in the outdoors, such as archery, abseiling and more. Cross Country running is full of real natural challenges and in bush walks; students encounter wildflowers and birds indigenous to our area.

In the Early Learning areas, young students have a ‘mud kitchen’, ropes to swing on and a running ‘river’. They play with water, sticks and stones and love being there so much, that we often have to encourage young students to go home at the end of the day!

Mundaring Christian College students are privileged to have all of this, but we would like to bring an even greater awareness and add to the experiences students have.

We have organised a special ‘Green Day’ for Thursday 9 June (next week) to celebrate, but also help students become more aware of what they can do to preserve the environment. We will link with Landcare’s ‘#Action4theLand’ World Environment Day 2016 campaign to promote care for the environment and make Australia a better place.

Year Six students will travel to Parkerville by bus to plant some trees at the Campus they will attend in 2017. For all Primary students the day will be filled with fun activities, related to outdoor spaces. Students are invited to dress in green for a gold coin donation. Money collected will go towards Landcare groups and projects across Australia.

We would like students to take the Caring, Learning, Appreciating and Protection (CLAP) of our Environment to heart. We hope to see this ‘Green Day’ as a starting point for more projects, more adventures, more nature play and more action. We would like to foster an attitude of responsible care in keeping with God's commission to be stewards of a wonderful creation He gifted to man.

Let us know if you would like to be involved, not only with the ‘Green Day’ on Thursday 9 June, but in the upcoming months as we endeavour to do more, do it better and be more visible in participating in nature education.

Antoinette Wilson
Primary Coordinator

Outdoor cooking Abseiling Mud Kitchen Bush Cubbies