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"Roots creep underground everywhere and make a firm foundation. Shoots seem very weak, but to reach the light, they can break open brick walls. Imagine that the brick walls are all the problems we have inflicted on our planet. Hundreds of thousands of roots and shoots, hundreds of thousands of young people around the world, can break through these walls. We CAN change the world".
    Dr Jane Goodall

In 2007, the Year 4-6 class became members of the Roots and Shoots Program. It is an international program that brings awareness of issues Roots and Shoots
affecting humans, animals and the environment to the students. The program enables students to realise that they can get involved in these issues and that their actions can make a difference in the world.

Students as part of their Humanitarian act have undertaken a
number of causes, since commencing on this program. Such Roots and Shoots
causes have included:

•       knitting baby jumpers to send to Africa for babies with AIDS that were
        sent home wrapped in newspaper.
•       raised money to buy an African community a goat to produce milk and
        offspring that can be traded for money.
•       Raised money for the Victorian Bushfire Appeal.
•       Commenced work on "Blankets of Love" for families suffering
        from the distress of a sick or stillborn baby.
•       Raised money to purchase a number of animals and a barn for an African community.
•       Made Teddy Bears to send to HaitiRoot
       s and Shoots after the devastating earthquake.
•       Assisted the local hospital on a range of issues.


Programs undertaken as part of their action on environmental issues.

•       Installed a small kitchen garden in the school grounds growing
         vegetables to use in Home Economics lessons.
•       Planted a range of native plants to revegetate the bus bay at school
         to encourage native birds and wildlife to return.
•       In 2009 the students have focused their vision on getting the
         Stephanie Alexander Kitchen Garden program up and running to
         create a much larger kitchen garden.
•        Continued to improve the Stephanie Alexander Kitchen Garden.
•        Have investigated the use of worms in the garden and the issue of Sustainable Gardening.

The Animal Welfare component of the program have seen students:

•        Raise money for the RSPCA by holding a Million Paws Walk.
•        Participate in "Bounce Back" at Wilpena Pound. An inititative of
          the National Park to encourage native wildlife to repopulate and
         flourish in the surrounding areas.

To find out more about the Roots And Shoots Program please click here:Roots and Shoots Home Page


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