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.
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.