Myrtleford Times - - Front Page - BY TATE SPI­TERI

Myrtle­ford P12 Col­lege stu­dents (left to right) De­clan Bren, Mar­cus McRae and Blake McPher­son are en­joy­ing get­ting their hands dirty help­ing lo­cal el­derly peo­ple with their gar­dens as part of one of the school’s VCAL ini­tia­tives. The stu­dents cur­rently have sev­eral gar­dens they reg­u­larly main­tain but are look­ing to have as many as 10 so that more stu­dents can get out and gain prac­ti­cal work­ing ex­pe­ri­ence.

MYRTLE­FORD P12 Col­lege Vic­to­rian Cer­tifi­cate of Ap­plied Learn­ing (VCAL) stu­dents are do­ing their bit to serve the com­mu­nity through a gar­den­ing pro­gram for el­derly peo­ple.

Teacher An­drew Mur­ray said the VCAL class saw an op­por­tu­nity to take on an ex­ist­ing com­mu­nity gar­dens pro­gram.

“It’s about help­ing out peo­ple who are in need or un­able to do the heavy work in their gar­den any­more, we get in and we weed, dig out, check acid­ity lev­els and that sort of thing,” he said.

“We just run it to give back to the com­mu­nity, the kids don’t mind at all get­ting out and meet­ing the el­derly in their com­mu­nity.”

Mr Mur­ray said gar­den­ing or sim­i­lar land­scap­ing trades were ca­reer op­tions for some of the stu­dents.

“There’s a few com­ing up that might look at do­ing some­thing like this as a ca­reer, oth­ers have just been out mow­ing lawns for par­ents or grand­par­ents,” he said.

“We will be do­ing a bit of a les­son on soils and test­ing soils, there’s a bit of science to it in see­ing what’s needed to get vegie patches up to scratch.”

The col­lege are also open to get­ting younger stu­dents in­volved through their My-Cal pro­gram should more gar­dens arise.

“We would love to get six to 10 gar­dens to do, we have some year eight and nine stu­dents that can get out and do their fair share,” Mr Mur­ray said.

VCAL stu­dents have also been cre­at­ing prod­ucts to sell in a mar­ket store at the end of year Twi­light Fair with all pro­ceeds go­ing to­wards lo­cal man Jordy Miller and his re­cov­ery from a brain tu­mour.

The stu­dents have man­u­fac­tured bird houses, fruit boxes and chop­ping boards as well as cre­at­ing tie dyed baby clothes and jewellery.

Mr Mur­ray said stu­dents had also built a pic­nic ta­ble that will be raf­fled off.

Any one that would like or knows of some­one that re­quires help in the gar­den can con­tact An­drew at Myrtle­ford P12 Col­lege on (03) 5752 1174.

PHOTO: Tate Spi­teri

PHOTO: Tate Spi­teri

ON THE JOB: VCAL stu­dents (left to right) Blake McPher­son, Ricky Arnold, Mar­cus McRae, De­clan Bren, Jack Quinn and Si­mon Zanin have been hon­ing their gar­den­ing skills.

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