Moss­man State High School

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - NEWS -

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.

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