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St. Anne Catholic School

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St. Anne declared a BeeSchool!

In November 2021, St. Anne school entered into a formal partnership with the City of Oshawa, a designated Bee City, and worked together to apply and for community (TD Friends of the Environment) and School Board (Outdoor Education) funding to create a pollinator garden in Gulfstream Park, the local park that borders the school property. With this partnership, The Gulfstream Park Pollinator Garden Committee was formed comprising of school staff, City of Oshawa staff, community volunteers and 25 grade 6 and 7 student leaders. Students and school staff organized, prepared and led learning opportunities for the school community. With The City of Oshawa Parks Planning staff, students leaders also created garden design concepts and researched potential plants for the pollinator garden. With grant funding approval in April 2022, a planting date of October 2022 was set. On October 6, 2022, The Gulstream Park Pollinator Committee and the Parks City of Oshawa staff organized a Planting Day where representatives form each of St. Anne’s 31 classes (K-8) participated in planting 1100 pollinator plants in the Gulfstream Park Garden. From the beginning, this project has promoted student engagement and environmental stewardship. The community has become deeply committed to creating and preserving healthy pollinator habitats.

St. Anne Catholic School

October 2022

Bee School Application

St. Anne Catholic School is committed to building awareness around the importance of pollinators, the risks to them and the habitats they need to survive. Staff and student leaders created and provided learning opportunities and workshops for the entire school community. The St. Anne School Pollinator Committee worked in partnership with City of Oshawa staff to apply for funding, design and create the Gulfstream Park Pollinator Garden in October 2022. Now that the garden is complete, our school community looks forward to maintaining this pollinator sanctuary and fostering student understanding about bees and other pollinators through experiential learning experiences.

As part of our student inquiry, grade six students researched and created information texts, google presentations and announcements which were shared with all classes in the school and the parent community. All Signs, infographics and displays were posted around the school. Student and staff generated google presentations were created and emailed to teachers to use as a teaching resource. In early spring 2022, Most classes from kindergarten to grade 6 participated in virtual Bee City Pollinator Workshops and used resources provided by Bee City Facilitators to create follow up activities. In June 2022, Outdoor Education Funding was used to bring Dogwood Forest, a local forest school, to our pollinator garden site and lead an interactive pollinator awareness workshop for all classes from kindergarten to grade 6.

October 2022
Bee School St. Anne CS

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