Findon High School is committed to ensuring our students develop their understanding of sustainability and build the skills to live more sustainable lives. This year, sustainable development of our school’s garden has been made possible by The Adelaide and Mount Lofty Ranges Natural Resources Management (NRM) Board which provides financial assistance to support schools to sustainably manage natural resources.
How is the funding being used?
The primary focus of our project is to establish a series of rainwater irrigated, native arbors as part of Findon High School’s market and flower garden, The Plot. The project aims to increase levels of biodiversity at Findon High School, subsequently improving the school’s ecosystem. This priority was identified as an area for sustainability development during a student led inquiry project in 2018. Our students predict that in increasing levels of native biodiversity within the garden space through native arbors, the Western Adelaide habitat corridor ecosystem will improve.
The arbor project is also an important part of the expansion of the garden as a learning space for both The Palms Education Centre and students in the mainstream. Palms students will engage in the development of the garden as part of an integrated curriculum, as well as utilising it into the future to develop sensory awareness for therapeutic purposes. Mainstream students will learn and apply real world Science Technology Engineering Arts and Maths (STEAM) skills when planning and constructing the arbor and associated signage