Biodiversity and School Grounds
At Solway we want to create an environmental haven for students, staff, parents and wildlife to enjoy.
In doing so, we empower students with responsibility, ownership and pride in their school grounds.
Bat and bird boxes painted by our students and put up around the school grounds to encourage local wildlife.
Our Kitchen Garden is a very special place for students to not only learn about our environment, but also to actively participate in creating a special environment.
The prep students plant, grow and harvest vegetables and have an opportunity to enjoy the ‘fruits of their labour’ in their cooking classes which is always a favourite!
In 2017 a Gardening club was established and run by our Environment Team, providing an opportunity for all students to be part of the Kitchen Garden and take responsibility for planting, weeding, watering and harvesting from our garden.
In 2018 we set up a number of new planter boxes that were donated by families. The planter boxes have been filled with a range of herbs and vegetables. Our Environment Team have been responsible for watering them weekly.
The school has developed a Wildlife Corridor to increase our indigenous native plantings and to provide a rich habitat for our local wildlife. Students enjoy the digging, planting and mulching during the PlanetArk National Tree Planting Day each year.
The wildlife corridor is regularly maintained through school working bees. The planting in this area was extended in 2017 with two of the main beds being significantly extended.
The wildlife corridor is home to three student designed interactive signs describing the flora and fauna which can be found there.
In 2018 we introduced an Indigenous Garden within our school grounds. The area is filled with plants that are Indigenous to the local area. The plants are small at the moment but we are hoping that they will grow tall and become a habitat for local fauna.