Mass planting makes a difference

More than 600 students from Prep to Year 12 rolled up their sleeves and got hands-on during last month’s Make a Difference (MAD) Week, planting 300 heathland plants on the Cornish College campus.


The plants were bought with a $1000 Momentum Energy Junior Landcare Grant, with college grounds manager Tom Humphreys and parent David Jupp co-ordinating the planting from June 26-28.  “This is a great start to building an understory below the established gums behind our oval, and will increase biodiversity and attract a broader range of bird life,” Mr Humphreys said.


Principal Vicki Steer said MAD Week was “a wonderful opportunity for students to demonstrate our motto through a range of initiatives and really make a difference. This project directly involves them in improving their 100-acre (40.5ha) campus and understanding the difference they can make to their environment. It is great to see older and younger students working together in multi-age groups and further cementing friendships that span year groups”.  


Cornish College reinvented its timetable during MAD Week as students, staff and parents worked together on a range of projects that made a difference at the school and for the wider community. They included fundraising for 2 Pairs Each, which provides new socks for homeless people, a ‘reverse supermarket’ to collect food and personal hygiene items for underprivileged and vulnerable people, a visit to nursing homes where Preps sang for the residents, and a heart created by primary students from 5c coins for the Love Ya Sister Foundation.


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