Gar­den starts to take shape

The Cobram Courier - - NEWS - By Pa­trick Tansey

Af­ter work started at the be­gin­ning of the school year, Co­bram Sec­ondary Col­lege’s learn­ing gar­den space — The Gar­den Party — is start­ing to take shape.

And it will go from strength to strength af­ter one lo­cal com­mu­nity group gen­er­ously do­nated $10 000 to the am­bi­tious project.

Rob Morey from Co­bram Youth Group, which do­nated the money, said it was fan­tas­tic to see an ini­tia­tive which had the power to fully en­gage stu­dents who en­joy hands-on, out­door learn­ing.

‘‘Co­bram Youth Group is ab­so­lutely thrilled to be able to gift this money to the learn­ing gar­den,’’ Mr Morey said.

‘‘Not all stu­dents are en­dowed with the abil­ity to ex­cel and en­joy the aca­demic side of school, in fact I was one of those chil­dren grow­ing up, so this project of­fers those kids a great op­por­tu­nity to learn prac­ti­cal skills that will help them in the fu­ture when look­ing at po­ten­tial ca­reers,’’ he said.

Since the start of the year, col­lege VCAL stu­dents have been get­ting their hands dirty, set­ting up

❝My vi­sion for the fu­ture is that this space will be­come a com­mu­nity re­source, not just a school re­source, and once we have gates, the whole com­mu­nity will be able to use it.❞

the gar­den beds ready for plant­ing.

Year 11 stu­dent Josh Fran­cis said the project had been a lot of fun and ex­tremely re­ward­ing so far.

‘‘It makes the learn­ing real. It’s such an ex­cit­ing time for the school and a great thing to be a part of,’’ he said.

Col­lege prin­ci­pal Kim­ber­ley Tem­pest said the gar­den had been some­thing of a whirl­wind ex­pe­ri­ence for ev­ery­body in­volved.

‘‘The school only came to me last year when I was act­ing prin­ci­pal and said they wanted to do it. It cer­tainly isn’t go­ing to hap­pen overnight though, it’s a five-year plan,’’ he said.

Be­cause it’s a com­mu­nity-funded gar­den, the process is te­dious and costly, but Mrs Tem­pest said the next phase of de­vel­op­ment away.

‘‘We are hop­ing the ir­ri­ga­tion is done by the end of Novem­ber, which will be a big job,’’ she said.

‘‘Af­ter that we can start putting some plants in the gar­den beds which will be great.

‘‘I think long term, each year level will have their own lit­tle sec­tion to look af­ter.

‘‘My vi­sion for the fu­ture is that this space will be­come a com­mu­nity re­source, not just a school re­source, and once we have gates, the whole com­mu­nity will be able to use it.’’

Stage one is the gar­den beds, while stage two in­volves con­struct­ing an out­door kitchen and class­room space, all de­pen­dent on the money. was not far

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