Garden starts to take shape
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