More than 600 students from prep to year 12 have rolled up their sleeves this week and gotten MAD as part of Cornish College’s Make A Difference Week activities.
Students planted 300 heathland plants on the Uniting Church school’s grounds in Melbourne’s south and participated in a number of other activities to enhance the school and serve the wider community.
The plants were purchased with funds from a successful bid for a $1000 Momentum Energy Junior Landcare Grant.
Cornish College’s grounds manager Tom Humphreys and parent David Jupp coordinated the three-day planting which began on Monday and finished on Wednesday.
Mr Humpreys said the project was a “great start’’ and would increase biodiversity and attract a broader range of bird life.
Principal Vicki Steer said MAD Week was a wonderful opportunity for students to demonstrate the college’s motto – Make A Difference – through a range of initiatives.
“This project directly involves them in improving their 100-acre campus and understanding the difference they can make to their environment,’’ she said.
“It is great to see older and younger students working together in multi-age groups and further cementing friendships that span year groups.’’
Students across year groups also collaborated in the construction of a four-metre wooden cross and installation of solar lighting on campus, while the whole school participated in the annual book swap to support the Indigenous Literacy Foundation.
There were also community outreach activities conducted within year groups.
Year nine ambassadors led efforts to collect new socks for people who are homeless and food and personal hygiene items for underprivileged and vulnerable members of the community.
Prep students created planter boxes and visited local nursing homes to sing.
Primary age students developed a large-scale tree sculpture and a heart from five cent coins for the Love Ya Sister Foundation.