The life lessons that develop an understanding of issues such as global warming and obesity are best learnt from a young age, in a nurturing environment. Through the Kitchen Garden (for students in Kindergarten to Year 2), children are prepared for a future that will benefit both themselves and the world they live in.
In the Kitchen Garden, raised organic beds are provided for our youngest students to get in touch with nature by growing their own herbs and vegetables. Children then harvest and cook their fresh produce, exploring different and enjoyable avenues of learning that stimulate creative ability and environmental awareness while enhancing a love of good, wholesome and nutritious food.
Hens are an integral part of this fantastic experience. Students are introduced to the responsible care of animals and the collection of free-range eggs to be used in the kitchen. The Kitchen Garden provides a unique learning experience that allows children to get their hands dirty and have fun while they learn valuable lessons for the future.
In November 2015, the Prep class planted potatoes so the 2016 Prep class could enjoy digging up new potatoes early in the year. Last week our current Preps dug them up and were very excited to find 60 potatoes! The class has decided to steam them one afternoon and enjoy a ‘potato-feast’ in Prep. They will also invite the Year 1 girls to say ‘thank you’.
“I really loved digging up the potatoes,” said Keira.
“We’ll say a big ‘thank you’ to the Year 1 class for planting the potatoes for us last year,” said Sophia.
“We’ll say to the Year 1 class that they can come in and eat some of the potatoes with us when we cook them. We’ve got enough,” said Gabby.
“I can’t wait until we cook with them!” exclaimed Lizzy.
The kitchen garden provides an engaging context for discussions and learning experiences across many curriculum areas.
“Work in the garden beds is followed up with activities in the classroom. Our girls engage in activities that promote understanding of the environment, sustainability, nutrition, literacy and numeracy,” said Amanda Evans, Head of the Junior School.