Students transforming at Swanny

Students transforming at Swanny

Swan Reach Primary School is gradually transforming its grounds.

Parent helper, Kim Sceney, is working tirelessly to create sensory, functional spaces throughout the school.

To coincide with the Stephanie Alexander program, Kim has been working with the senior students who have been learning about propagation and from this have successfully seen everything from succulents to herbs and capsicum to fruit tree groves growing successfully throughout.

Kim’s work is gaining momentum through her passion, which is infectious.

Tony Nasrallah, of Bunnings Bairnsdale, has been on board and has supplied Kim with plastic for the ‘hothouse’, planter boxes (complete with the school’s name etched into them), trees, plants and invaluable knowledge and skills.

All of the school benefits, however the education the senior students are receiving is rich. Not only are they learning about propagating, composting, transplanting and harvesting, they are learning about sustainability and economics through the market stall they host at the school to help fund any needs for the garden.

In addition, the kids cook each Thursday, with parent helpers and staff member, Cheryl Lieuwen, using the produce that they have grown from seed.

All round it’s a fabulous program that demonstrates how a community works together to create positive future outcomes.

These programs are possible because of people like Kim, Tony and other parents who are lucky enough to have the time and inclination to be involved in their children’s school community.

PICTURED: Swan Reach Primary School students, staff and parent helpers have been busy creating sensory spaces at the school, including growing herbs, fruit and vegetables.