Mossman State High School
MOSSMAN State High School is getting a facelift courtesy of the Lend Lease Springboard program.
Work taking place at the school includes new covered seating area for students with a mural and the vegetable garden is being extended for students interested in gaining a horticulture certificate.
Mossman High students, under the supervision of Lend Lease’s Elliot Dittes from Melbourne, have been working on the construction of three tables and artwork for the area.
Project leader Simon Johnston, from London, said the group identified the project as a priority after speaking to the students and working with them for several weeks to finalise the concept.
“It’s a really good opportunity for the students and they get a lot out of it,” he said.
“It has been challenging for the students, they have to make the calls to the hardware store for timber and sourcing paint.”
The tables will be placed between art room blocks and student Kody Savy said a shade cloth will be mounted between the two blocks and artwork will be on the walls.
“When it’s finished all the art drawings will be hanging on the wall and on the rest of the wall there’ll be another art mural and there will be two tables and one small round table in the middle,” he said.
The second project at the school is the extension of the garden, which was established last year with the previous Springboard program.
Neil Kinnairds from Sydney said the Lend Lease team were working with students to extend the garden by making the five-rows into one big garden bed, utilising the available space.
“It’s more efficient with one large plot to cultivate and manage fruit and vegetables,” he said.
Students plan to give the school’s home economics department produce they grow in the garden and also sell it to local cafes and restaurants, which will also utilise their marketing skills.