100 snags, 2kg of onions, 100 slices of bread…kids play

Remember the last day of school term? It can be a bit of a stretch for some of us, yet Steve, Derek and Rick had the opportunity to relive the fun and join with the students at Flowerdale Primary School on the morning of the last day of term last Friday (19th of September). The school day began with the children walking along the path from the Hazeldene Store to the school, enjoying the music of the King Parrot Creek as the path meanders along the bank most of the way. That worked up an appetite for a healthy snack of fruits when they arrived at their destination.

Meantime the three of us had been busy on Ricks family property alongside the school, laying out seedlings for the next activity of the morning. The aim was to enjoy planting 100 seedlings which will form an attractive natural bushland screen behind the school. Amidst lots of chatter and laughter, the children had the 100 seedlings planted staked and guarded in about half an hour. Of course we had forgotten that many of Flowerdale’s children have had plenty of planting experience with Peter Auty during their time at the school. The three iof us were then kept running to put out more seedlings and auger more holes to keep the momentum going.

The children returned to school through the back fence and while some were engaged in painting nest boxes (and themselves) assisted by Deidre, others enjoyed the playground. That gave the three of us time to put together a BBQ lunch for the school community. The smell of cooking onions brought the children in like flies and before long there were queues and queues and queues (some went around 3 or 4 times) with bread in the plam of their little hands! The manners were commendable too.

Result for the day; 200 seedlings well planted, 100 sausages, 100 slices of bread, 2kg of onions and a couple of bottles of sauce consumed. I won’t reveal how many were involved in the feast, but as they say at Flowerdale “Small schools are great schools”. Rick, Derek and I were impressed at their appetite!. Thanks to Christine, Barbara, Brooke, Amy, Tash, Annie and Deidre for sharing the day with us and we look forward to further engagement between Flowerdale Primary School and Flowerdale Landcare in the next term with the assistance of Landcare Co-ordinator Chris Cobern.

Wheeler planting site with Mt. Disappointment State Forest in the background and Flowerdale Primary School on the left behind the tree row.

Wheeler planting site with Mt. Disappointment State Forest in the background and Flowerdale Primary School on the left behind the tree row.

Wheeler property after planting; Grannie Hill in the background, Flowerdale Primary School on the right.

Wheeler property after planting; Grannie Hill in the background, Flowerdale Primary School on the right.

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