Sus­tain­abil­ity in prin­ci­pal’s sight

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to help them de­velop and grow. “The kids ben­e­fit the most,” she said. The 32-year-old started at Woor­agee last term and has been busy get­ting to know the school fam­ily and com­mu­nity and build­ing re­la­tion­ships.

Ms Ode­wahn said her vi­sion for the 17-stu­dent school in­cluded ex­tend­ing the school’s sus­tain­abil­ity pro­grams – Landcare, school gar­den and its Stephanie Alexan­der Kitchen Gar­den Foun­da­tion par­tic­i­pa­tion for which the school is well-known.

Es­tab­lish­ing a na­ture play­ground in the creek re­serve is on the agenda.

“The school can in­cor­po­rate en­vi­ron­men­tal ed­u­ca­tion with the kitchen pro­gram, for ex­am­ple, to groups which come here from as far as Mel­bourne,” Ms Ode­wahn said.

“We have such beau­ti­ful fa­cil­i­ties to open up to the com­mu­nity.”

A short term project will in­volve stu­dents de­sign­ing a gar­den, too, around a dis­abled ac­cess area.

Ms Ode­wahn said she looked for­ward to work­ing with vol­un­teer gar­den­ers Owen Gem­mel and Eric Allerdice – the life-blood of the gar­den.

“It’s been ex­cit­ing, busy and a nice start al­though daunt­ing as I be­gan mid-year,” she said.

Ms Ode­wahn and her hus­band have bought a small prop­erty in Yackan­dan­dah where they live with their and their nine month-old son and are close to fam­ily.

EN­GAGE­MENT: Woor­agee Pri­mary School’s new prin­ci­pal Ali­cia Ode­wahn has a vi­sion for ex­tend­ing sus­tain­abil­ity pro­grams and fos­ter­ing school re­la­tion­ships with the wider com­mu­nity.

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