In 2017 we revitalised and redesigned our vegetable garden area to include an outdoor learning centre. These works were supported by a $10,000 grant received from Bridgestone Tyres following successful application by our 2016 P&F, a NSW goverment grant, a Bathurst Council grant and school funds The students have shown great interest in this project, led by our environmental team, and our gardens include a variety of plants. Information and guidance was sought from the Rahamim Centre, Bathurst.
The outdoor learning centre provides great school infastructure to allow class groups to work in this area exploring sustainability initiatives, plant growth, soil composition, animal habitats and cooking activities.
The benefits of our outdoor learning centre and vegetable garden include:
- To promote sustainability and to connect students with healthy food and lifestyles, while also learning valuable waste reduction messages
- To grow fresh produce and have students play a central role from seed to harvest
- To learn life skills such as taking responsibility, making and using compost, crop rotation, integrated pest control and mulching; and working as a team.
- To involve children in cooking, using fresh food grown by them
- To provide students with the opportunity to become more aware of the environment and be able to grow into more responsible citizens in the future.
The vegetable garden is used as a stimulus for learning in a variety of key learning areas.