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.