Gar­den group blos­soms

North Coast Times - - NEWS -

STU­DENTS are tak­ing the lead on en­vi­ron­men­tal is­sues at Alki­mos Pri­mary School.

A group of five Year 3 stu­dents ini­ti­ated a club that meets ev­ery lunchtime to work on the school veg­etable gar­den and worm farm.

Teacher Jemma Bryan said about 15 stu­dents reg­u­larly at­tended the club, which is mon­i­tored by staff, but run by Shayana Tor­ney, Si­enna Doig, Lily-May Holly, Katie Cot­tam and Ay­isha Crane.

“Some days, they can get up to 30 kids come along,” she said.

“It was ex­cit­ing be­cause we en­cour­age stu­dents to look af­ter the en­vi­ron­ment, but for them to ac­tu­ally ini­ti­ate that and want to help oth­ers was great.”

The girls teach fel­low stu­dents how to tend to the gar­den and worm farm, and also help by pick­ing up rub­bish and col­lect­ing food scraps.

“I think it gives them a sense of be­long­ing… it’s en­cour­ag­ing to see.”

Pic­ture: Martin Ken­nealey d473121

Stu­dents Shayana Tor­ney, Si­enna Doig, Lily-May Holly, Katie Cot­tam and Ay­isha Crane run the lunchtime club.

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