When the Noosaville State School groundsmen have a message to share they do it in the most beautiful way. Imagine the surprise of the students when they arrived at school to find a special tree in their playground, carved into the shape of a heart for Valentine’s Day. Grounds staff member, Dave Taylor, spent the morning shaping the tree into the heart shape, to the delight of all passing families and staff in the school’s grounds. Dave said, ‘The children often ask me to shape a tree like a dinosaur or something special like that, so today I thought it would be great to share the love with the heart shape.’ There was then double delight as the day progressed, when a ‘Turtle Dove’, aka Top Notch Pigeon was discovered inside the tree sitting on a nest with two eggs underneath her. Children at Noosaville plan to watch the eggs hatch and the lifecycle progress over the coming weeks. Photographs of the school tree have circulated on the school’s P&C facebook page and through emails within the school community, with many parents commenting on Dave’s thoughtful gesture. Parent Sam Hardt said, Oh wow, how beautiful! I’ve never seen anything like this before, especially at school, I’m sure it will warm many hearts today and many more to come, thanks for sharing. Have a lovely day yourselves, and please pass on abundant gratitude to the groundsmen 😊’. Dominique Donovan also said, ‘Oh I love this so much. Thank you to the groundsmen for spreading love to our kids ❤️’. Noosaville’s guidance officer, Vicki Anderson Bain, thanked Dave and commented that, ‘The school’s ethos of caring for others was very apparent every day at Noosaville.
The 'Turtle Dove' sitting on the nest inside the tree