Budding community garden opens
Junior School’s Community Garden was officially opened in July, with Garden Club members recognising the wonderful community partnerships and support received from staff, parent and grandparent volunteers, Bunnings stores and the School’s Parents & Friends’ Association. The garden was instigated by a committed group of parents and staff including Mrs Jackie Isenegger, Director of Development, who is also a parent at the School. “This exciting learning environment provides opportunities for leadership, creativity and initiative as children discover they can make a difference in their own way. The experience will help our students to learn responsibility and equip them with constructive life skills to take home to their own gardens,” said Mrs Isenegger.
Mr Rutherford, an Ecologist at Kimbriki, gave an educational and humorous speech at the opening. He shared that he was impressed by the amazing energy and creative use of the space and partnerships which had been created and discussed the innate need of children to get back to the earth.
The delight and exuberance of Garden Club members was evident at the Opening as was their pride in the garden they have created. Students have enjoyed working as a team and deepening friendships, sharing their handiwork with others, learning how to grow fruit and vegetables and harvesting the garden produce for the recent Fair. Charlotte Slade-Smith (Year 6) summarised: “This beautiful new garden is not only an exciting learning environment but a haven for many.”