Stu­dents dream­ing of gi­ant beanstalks

Whitsunday Times - - LOCAL NEWS - By Inge Hansen

YEAR 1 stu­dents from Whitsunday Chris­tian Col­lege spent a day with na­ture when they vis­ited Plants Whitsunday last week.

Head of pri­mary Melissa Wales said the ex­cur­sion was in­cor­po­rated into the grade’s science unit, where the stu­dents learned about gar­den­ing, how to plant, plants’ needs and the dif­fer­ent kinds of plants.

The lessons the stu­dents learned from the day were taken back and put into action at school, where they ob­served their own plants.

“The stu­dents got to plant their own bean seeds in pots and brought them back to school so they can ob­serve them over the term,” Ms Wales said.

“They’re so ex­cited to take them home once the term is over.”

It seems the stu­dents had high ex­pec­ta­tions for the beans they were grow­ing.

“They think they might grow into a beanstalk like from Jack and the Beanstalk!” Ms Wales said. “You never know.” Ms Wales said the stu­dents were taught vi­tal in­for­ma­tion about ecosys­tems.

“They were taught about con­ser­va­tion, how to make sure we are tak­ing care of our gar­dens, and the im­por­tance of plants and what they give us,” she said.

This year is the sec­ond year the school has vis­ited Plants Whitsunday and Ms Wales said it was very pop­u­lar among the stu­dents.

“They had a great time,” she said.

“I think it’ll en­cour­age them to start grow­ing plants at home.”

Plants Whitsunday is open seven days a week and is lo­cated on Shute Har­bour Rd in Can­non Val­ley.

EX­CITED: Whitsunday Chris­tian Col­lege stu­dents got to plant their own bean seed. Photo: Con­trib­uted

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