Mt Druitt - St Mary's Standard (East) - - NEWS - Danielle Jarvis

CHI­FLEY Col­lege Mt Druitt cam­pus is go­ing green af­ter em­bel­lish­ing the grounds with 40 new plants and cre­at­ing a new out­door learn­ing space.

Funded by a $3500 State Govern­ment Eco Schools grant, the space fea­tures a cir­cle of roughly hewed stone seats and a va­ri­ety of plants.

Black­town Coun­cil re­cently de­liv­ered the 40 plants, which the Year 9 agri­cul­tural stu­dents planted around the school grounds.

Deputy prin­ci­pal Amanda Meyer said the out­door learn­ing space will be the per­fect en­vi­ron­ment to teach Chi­fley Col­lege’s stu­dents about indige­nous plants through the eight Abo­rig­i­nal Ways of Learn­ing frame­work.

“The out­door learn­ing space will in­clude a learn­ing cir­cle and sen­sory garden,” Ms Meyer said.

“Some stu­dents will have the op­por­tu­nity to par­tic­i­pate in learn­ing ex­pe­ri­ence about plant life in the garden.

“They will also par­tic­i­pate in a re­search project to in­ves­ti­gate which plants were na­tive to the area, how they can be main­tained and which plants have which qual­i­ties to el­e­vate the senses.

”This will al­low them to ex­plore in­ter­ac­tions and con­nec­tions be­tween peo­ple, places and en­vi­ron­ments.”

Pic­ture: Justin San­son

Chi­fley Col­lege stu­dents (clock­wise from bot­tom left) De­nis Lu, Fuli Sailusi, CJ Hemmings and Jack McDuff.

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