Green Initiatives: Pacific Hills Geography Students ‘role up their sleeves’ for Environmental Learning


Pacific Hills Christian School is an educational community of teaching, learning and service excellence. Surrounded by beautiful bushland in Dural, our school is naturally “green minded” when it comes to recycling initiatives, water conservation and use and wider environmental learning.

Recently, our school was selected to be part of an initiative by Observatory Hill Environmental Education Centre (OHEEC) to partner with schools in environmental and sustainable education.

Throughout the term, senior school students have been engaged in environment stewardship projects and learning what it means to truly care for the land on which they live.

Pacific Hills Yr 12 Geography students and their teacher Mr Patrick Lai surrounded by the freshly planted native saplings

Through the partnership with OHEEC they have conducted water audits throughout the school, established recycling practices and planted 80 native shrubs throughout the school grounds promoting land restoration and allowing biodiversity to thrive.

This initiative has been a huge success with students eager to get their hands dirty and work as a team in caring for their local environment, to make a lasting difference.

Year 12 Geography teacher Mr Patrick Lai writes “It was a lot of fun planting native shrubs and flowers around the school, making the area look more vibrant. It’s exciting to see young people care about the environment!”

Senior School students have truly gained a critical understanding of environmental care that will no doubt last a life-time.