Environment Program Shines at Local School
Friday 31 May 2013 11:33 AM
Canterbury Boys High School’s Green Squad was paid a special visit on Tuesday by Bulldogs representative’s Steve Turner and Leilani Latu.
More than 90 students are involved in the Green Squad which is an innovative environment program allowing students to take ownership and pride in their school and its appearance.
Established in 2009 under the guidance of teacher Claudia Tessasdri the Green Squad is fast becoming a force to be reckoned with and the transformation is there for all to admire.
“This school was a typical boy’s school,” explained Claudia Tessadri. “It looked terrible, the garden was a jungle of weeds and when teachers and students looked out it was ugly.
Through regular participation in the squad, students have learned to appreciate the importance of native plants, and the need for simple things like mulching, using fertiliser and weeding.
“I am not saying the boys sit there and say how pretty it looks, but you look now and we have some beautiful gardens,” continued Tessadri. “The knowledge that we did it as a group is an important factor. It is all about ownership and having pride in our surrounds.”
Steve and Leilani were welcomed by the students who gave them a crash course in gardening and ensured the players were hard at work shovelling mulch and planting trees.
Members of the Green Squad will be in attendance at tonight’s round 12 game versus the St George Illawarra Dragons which is raising awareness for Bulldogs in the Community partner Greening Australia.
Greening Australia is passionate about protecting and restoring the health, diversity and productivity of our unique Australian landscapes. Made up of a network of over 270 staff in locations across the continent, Greening Australia lives and works with people from remote, regional and metropolitan communities.
The crew from Greening Australia will be handing out seedlings at the exit gates at the end of tonight’s game. Be sure to pick one up and add some green to your backyard or start your own urban garden!
More information on Greening Australia and the work they are doing can be found at : www.greeningaustralia.org.au