School students wiping out waste
KENSINGTON KENSINGTON Primary School students used to think gardening was for old people and food scraps went in the bin, but not anymore.
The school received a $2000 grant from the WA Government as part of the Waste Wise program designed to educate young people about the benefits of reducing waste and turning it into food.
Year 5 teacher Rhonda Skinner says not everyone was enthusiastic at the start, but after just a few months and six garden beds full of plants and vegetables, the transformation in the youngsters has been amazing.
“When we started off at the beginning of the year some students did not want to get their hands dirty, but now the majority of students at the school are involved in the program,” Rhonda said.
“They could not see how it was going to happen but now the plants are growing they can see exactly what they are doing and why they are doing it,” she said.
The program aims to teach students that waste can turned into food and that water is a precious commodity.
“There are currently six garden beds which contain water wise practices such as wicking, which involves building a reservoir into the bottom of the gar- den or pot and then that water is recycled into the soil, so nothing is wasted” Rhonda said.
Year 4 student Summer Greenway is one of a growing number of enthusiastic gardeners at the school, so much so she has joined the beforeschool gardening club.
The nine-year-old says she not only enjoys the challenges of recycling waste, saving water and gardening at school but also practises it at home.
“We used to throw our food scraps away, but now all of our scraps go to the guinea pigs, they eat a lot,” Summer said.
Kensington Primary School students Matilda O'Callaghan (8) and Charlie Groom (9) take part in the Waste Wise program.