They might be small but frogs are a big focus for the pupils at Cape Clear Primary School.
A colony of frogs has moved on to the school grounds in the past six months after students and parents set up an aquaponics project to grow fruit and vegetables.
And this week the amphibian playground grew even more as pupils, with the help of Bunnings and Museums Australia, built a pond to entice even more frogs to the school grounds.
The two projects are part of an environmental centre that the school's 29 pupils are working to create.
Excited students helped build the pond on Wednesday, with some putting in the aquatic plants and others planting and landscaping around the edge of the pond.
School principal Lachlan Day said about six frogs would be relocated from the aquaponics project adjacent to the new pond.
"The aquaponics program drew in frogs, who made their own way in to the system," he said.
Pupils grow fruit and vegetables in clay pebbles in the top of the aquaponics system, which is watered from a pond underneath which contains fish.
The goldfish living in there put nutrients in to the water which assist with the growth.
Next on the children's environmental centre plan is to upgrade the chicken coop, garden beds and greenhouse, which Bunnings has agreed to help them with.
Mr Day said students would be studying biodiversity and sustainability in science next term, and were excited about taking ownership through the planning and design of the school's environmental features.
"We'll look at promotion of biodiversity in the school environment … and why we need to adapt our conditions to attract frogs and those kinds of animals to the school," he said.
"We are doing a sustainability unit in term two which is all about reuse and recycle and the studies will support our environmental focus."
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