SKPS is very proud to be a 5 Star Resource Smart school.
To continue to be a 5-star ResourceSmart School, we need to observe and record data about the biodiversity of our school grounds to establish if we are improving our biodiversity. Last week, our Seito Kai conducted a biodiversity audit, with the help of Jess Webb from CERES. They counted the number of large trees (over 5m) we have for shade and habitat, looked at the understory of shrubs and grasses we have planted for ground cover and habitat for birds and mini beasts, and counted the large rocks and logs we provide for the little critters and worms that improve our soil. In addition, the Seito Kai also scored our ‘habitat extras’, such as chickens, productive garden, compost area, orchard, rain gardens, mulched beds and nesting boxes. They recorded issues we need to address, such as, weeds, erosion, the purpose of the frog bog and litter. The children also provided ideas of how to further enrich our school by possibly adding a bird bath, signage for plants and a fishpond. All the data was recorded on a spreadsheet to calculate our Biodiversity Score for 2020. We are very proud that we improved our score from 67/100 from 2019 to 73/100.
Thank you to Anabel Herr, our school’s driver of sustainability, for her work, support and guidance.