Digging deep for environmental sustainability

BAYVIEW Secondary College and Howrah Rotary Club have banded together on a joint tree planting project to promote environmental sustainability.

In late July, Howrah Rotary Club met at Bayview Secondary College where club members joined students and staff to plant six trees along the school’s boundary fence.

Rotary International president Ian Riseley’s 2018 presidential theme was environment and sustainability.

“The time is long past when environmental sustainability can be dismissed as not Rotary’s concern – it is, and must be, everyone’s concern,” Mr Riseley said.

Mr Riseley’s challenge to all Rotary clubs of Australia was to plant a tree for each Rotary member.

Bayview Secondary College senior staff member Pete Goward said Rotary’s plans for tree planting came at a perfect time for the college.

“Rotary’s plans coincided with the school’s plan to signature our boundary with trees and so they were kind enough to come on board and work with the students to make that a reality,” he said.

Mr Goward said the flowering gums planted would help to liven up the college, as well as help turn the grounds into a future community hub.

Mr Goward said the interest from the students was positive and showed initiatives in line with the college’s citizenship and community efforts.

“Students have the opportunity to engage with Rotarians and contribute back to society through this tree planting,” he said.

“For the school, it’s about providing students with chances to meet, liaise and form friendships so they can see the purpose in providing back to the community.”

Year seven student Rosie Hentschel said she was excited to take part in the tree planting because it coincided with her career goals for the future.

“I want to be a fungi botanist,” she said.

“I think that plants are really interesting and I just want to learn more about them because they’re really amazing.

“I want to learn if they communicate and things like that.”

For Rosie, the tree planting was a great opportunity to learn more about the flowering gum tree and to have fun with her fellow students.

“I really love plants and it’s lots of fun planting trees because it’s helping the environment a lot, and trees are very important – it’s just lots of fun,” she said.

The flowering gums planted along the fence line of the Bayview Secondary College oval will grow slowly and surely over the next few years and are visible to Eastern Shore residents from Rokeby Road.

Caption: Students of Bayview Secondary College during the Rotary tree planting.