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The Kitchen Garden program promotes healthy lifestyle choices and teaches primary students from Years Prep-6 to grow, harvest and prepare their own seasonal produce. Our beautiful garden was designed and built by members of our school community. It also acts as an ‘outdoor classroom’ for additional learning opportunities. At DDCS we are serious about students being connected to nature and the outdoors. Agriculture is a compulsory trimester subject in both Year 7 & 8 and offered as an elective in Years 9 & 10. As well we have expanded the HPE program in Years 9 & 10 to be compulsory and include a service project, outdoor education (including orienteering and two camps each year that challenge students in bushwalking, canoeing and campcraft) and healthy cookery. We call it HOPE – Health, Outdoor and Physical Education.
We continue the outdoor theme into the senior years with a weekly SPIRE class (Spiritual, Physical, Intellectual, Relational, Emotional) that covers a range of challenges indoors and out. As well, senior students are offered opportunities to travel to Central Queensland and overseas on service projects. All our school values underpin the greatest ideals of love and service (1 Corinthians 13). Annual camps for each grade are also robustly outdoorsy and electronics-free.