Just a few weeks into the term and Tewantin State School’s garden project is taking off.
Inspired by the Kids in Action theme of ‘We are Botanica: Plants for healthy bodies, minds, spirit and planet’ the Year 6 School Leaders led by Deputy Principal Rick Cass launched in to action.
The first stop was a visit to the Noosa Community Garden where the volunteers kindly showed the students around and shared their knowledge on everything from Spring planting, composting and worm gardens to garden design.
And what a design it is. All classes have purchased their very own plot and have started gardening.
Turning an old, rarely used play space in to a thriving garden space has the whole school excited. Year 6 leaders are doing a wonderful job managing and maintaining the garden and the younger students are excited to see their plants growing already.
With a focus on edible produce, the school garden is a great way for students to engage with healthy food choices and an understanding of where their fruit and vegetables come from, as well as providing a wonderful, natural space for students, teachers and staff to come together outside the classroom.
Tewantin SS usually has a full calendar of community events every year, celebrating Harmony and NAIDOC weeks, as well as Book Week, ANZAC Day, Booin Gari and ending with the highlight of the year, Spring Fair.
Deputy principal Rick Cass said, “Unfortunately we haven’t been able to hold our amazing community events this year, so it was great for everyone, staff and students, to get involved in our new garden.“
“The kids have really embraced it and we have a host of eager helpers each day.“
Principal Rob Jennings confirmed that after a tricky year the school intends to end on a busy, but happy and exciting note.
“We’ve started a whole range of new clubs, activities and programs this term, including surfing, skating, swim squad, Ukulele, Art club, Pokemon club and a whole range of music activities too.“
“The garden is in full swing and the school is buzzing.“
The school is also in the midst of its Prep Transition program for 2021 Prep students and their families. With spaces at Transition Sessions limited this year due to COVID restrictions, it’s been a new-look program but the students have been thoroughly enjoying themselves and loving getting involved in ‘big school’.