Sustainability in principal’s sight
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.