School stu­dents wip­ing out waste

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - Front Page -

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.­mu­ni­ d437205

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.

Pic­ture: David Baylis

Kens­ing­ton Pri­mary School stu­dents Matilda O'Cal­laghan (8) and Char­lie Groom (9) take part in the Waste Wise pro­gram.

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