The workshops gave students insight into bees, the relationship and influence bees have in the environment and their contribution to the ecosystem during their lifecycle.
Year 4 teacher, Mrs Mary-Jean Cooper, said, “It was a great opportunity for the students to interact with actual beekeepers and be taught the difference between the bee species that are native to Australia and those that have been introduced.
“Having the opportunity to safely experience bees gave the students much insight into the bees and their role in our ecosystem.
“Making connections with the local Landcare volunteers continues St Mary’s tradition of working with this important group to improve our students’ knowledge of environmental matters in practical ways.” said Mrs Cooper.
“This was the first time the students have experienced this program, having the opportunity to hear from native bee keepers which supported the Stage 2 Science studies, using the focus of beekeeping to explore biology and environment in Term 3.
“Students were engaged by the presenters and enjoyed the way they were able to merge storytelling, music and facts to share the story of native stingless bees.”
“The ‘hum’ of 4000 live bees in a box was surprisingly loud!” said Mrs Cooper.
Previously the students of St Mary’s have undertaken vegetable gardens and the planting of native trees with the assistance of the local Landcare group as their contribution to a better local landscape.
Now St Mary’s hopes to continue student involvement in Landcare initiatives such as this to increase their connection with the environment and the way they can positively impact the future of our planet.