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Some of the student’s sustainability propagation projects from the combined Year 4/5 class at Sawyers Valley Primary School.

Propagation stations to help local fire victims

By Sally McGlew

FOR Lemoni Bates in Year 4 at Sawyers Valley Primary School, the recent fires at Wooroloo have spurred her propagation dreams and a sense of community.

With other members of the combined Grade 4/5 Class, in Room 5, students have embraced sustainability learning with their two teachers and have been completing their projects involving propagating plants to give back to their local neighbourhood.

The idea was suggested in Term One, when the children showed enormous concern for the people who were involved in the bushfires.

“Could you bear to see your garden engulfed in flames?” Lemoni asked.

“We want to help people to propagate and re-use existing plants.

“They will be a comfort to people who lost their homes in the February bushfires.”

With a visit from Shire of Mundaring President John Daw, students told the stories of their propagation stations hoping to spread the word of the plants they were growing for a future handover to those who lost everything in the fires.

“Regeneration and being sustainable is how we provide for our beautiful environment,” Lemoni said.

Lemoni and her sustainability partner were teamed up to build their propagation station together.

Lemoni said the hardest part of building the station was sawing the wood and then drilling it to make the stand for the glass.

“It would have been okay but we sawed the wood crooked,” she said.

Under the guidance of their teachers, Melissa Jones and Bronwyn Weir, the students have gained skills in woodwork and use repurposed materials in a safe environment.

Ms Weir said the woodwork was part of the design technologies outcome class.

She said it also helped to raise the spirits of the people who lost their homes, gardens and things in the bushfires.

“They are very good at understanding community, which is a massive thing to grasp at this age, I’m very proud of them.”

The students also care for a worm farm and two hens and are now seeking to expand their sustainability with a shade house for the plants to flourish over the winter.

“We are fundraising for the shade house at the moment with the Parents and Citizens Association and have enough for half the cost at the moment,” Ms Jones said.

The school hopes to secure total funds in time for colder weather.

Cr Daw said he was impressed with the students work and ingenuity in building their propagation stations.

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