New skills learned

February 16, 2018

Digging in: Jayden Edgar puts in the hard yards.

Kimberley Carpenter from Bunnings Warehouse, Yarrawonga, was on hand to help out the kids with the planting process.

Stoked: Jade Opray and Isla Higgins get their hands dirty as part of St Jospeh's Primary School's new gardening program.

Teamwork: Eryn Bennie, Mrs Hodgson, Luke Kalz and Ella Hindson proudly display their plants.

Hard at work: there was no downing tools at St Joseph's Primary.

New beginnings: Cooper Mynard and Beau Trenerry seize up how to approach this planting business.

A lot of work to be done: a group of St Joseph's students standing over there empty garden bed.

Listen to me kids: Gardening program organiser Mrs O'Dwyer gives out some expert tips.

Fun in the sun: the students made the most of a change of scenery.

Away we go: the students get busy digging holes for their plants.

St Joseph’s Primary School students have been busy sprucing up their gardening skills in an effort to broaden their horizons outside of the classroom and engage in outdoor activity.

Kimberley Carpenter and Janine Foot from Bunnings Warehouse, Yarrawonga — which donated the plants as part of its community focus programs, along with Mitre 10, Cobram — were there to lend the kids a helping hand with the planting process, which was foreign to most of the enthusiastic youngsters.

Carmel O’Dwyer, who organised the activity, said the gardening concept was part of a wider program recently initiated by the school that aimed to help the students develop a breadth of different skills away from the traditional learning that occurs in the classroom. They will also do some cooking throughout the year.

‘‘The whole idea is just to get the kids involved in doing something outdoors and something that puts them in touch with the environment,’’ Mrs O’Dwyer said.

The Years 3 and 4 students will participate in different activities once per week as part of the program. The pupils will continue to look after their respective garden beds, with seven or eight students allocated to each bed.

Teachers will be hoping to see growth in the students’ development as well as the plants, as the year progresses.

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