The Wattle Park plants for parrots program, designed for the early years of schooling, raises awareness of a local endangered species and empowers students to make a positive difference through their actions.
Through this program the students learnt about the endangered Orange-bellied Parrot and how they could help with the breeding and recovery program by growing Bidgee Widgee plants at school. Learning about the Orange-bellied Parrots provided the springboard for many learning opportunities for the students, especially in the areas of literacy, science, civics and citizenship, and communication.
‘Community engagement was another aspect of our learning. We were able to foster a sense of community amongst the Level 3 students to make a plan of how we can be responsible and take action towards helping to save the Orange-bellied parrot e.g. growing the Bidgee Widgee seedlings, holding a cupcake stall to raise funds to donate towards the Orange-bellied parrot's captive breeding program, educating our wider school community through advertising posters and a letter in our school newsletter of our intensions and the plight of the Orange-bellied parrot'
(Amanda Chetcuti )