We are committed to raising students who care for and value the earth. Starting children from a young age to understand the importance of bees (and other creatures) ensures a lifelong commitment to their protection.
Becoming a Bee School shows our families how important we consider the work we do for bees, and how committed we are, hopefully encouraging them to take action too.
We became a bee school in 2021/22 school year. In fall 2022 I became very sick and almost died. Part of my healing I learning about the healing power of bees and protecting them became even more important to me. The 2022/23 year we spent observing the plants we planted in our pollinator garden (some did better than others) The students continued to commit an hour a week to the garden. We have added more shallow water sources for bees. We added a bee lifecycle activity and bee costumes to our every day activity centres.
We will plant 2 pollinator friendly local plants each spring. 2022 will be cornflower…. we are also planting a milkweed garden in 2022.
Each graduating student will receive a pollinator plant for their home garden. These plants will be purchased at the Oakville Green native plant sale in March. The proceeds from this sale also go to plant pollinator gardens in Halton. The students will spend 1 hour of their outdoor time from May to September maintaining and adding to the garden.
We are participating in a hatch and release program of leaf cutter bees. We will be given 250 cocoons.
We are creating a mulch free space next to our garden for brooding chambers of native nesting bees.
We will continue to leave dandelions, not use pesticide and encourage kindness and environmental stewardship with our daily Bee Good poem,
I Promise to BEE kind
I promise to BEE good
I promise to do all the things
That I know I should.
I will help my friends
People, animals, bugs too
By helping the environment
And doing what I should do.