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Free Teachers' Professional Development: Sustainable Gardens and Outdoor Learning Spaces

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Come along for a tour of St James Catholic Parish Primary School’s new Heritage Garden and outdoor learning space. Dave Ferrier, a school parent and arborist, turned to his creative skills during the 2020 lockdown to design, lead and construct this showcase of sustainability.

Topic: Sustainable Gardens and Outdoor Learning Spaces

Date: Wednesday, May 19
Cost: FREE
Time: 4pm - 5.30pm
Location: St James Catholic Parish Primary School, 6 St James Close, Brighton

Through the hard work of parents and friends, old artificial surfaces have been replaced with a natural wonderland. After learning at home, students were welcomed back to school in 2021 to a new sensory garden, made from natural materials like wood, fallen tree branches and river stones. Play spaces to feed imagination were linked by an ‘adventure trail’ through a dry creek bed hiding a crocodile and other friends. And for teachers, a new outdoor classroom around a ‘campfire’. 

The herb garden and first stage of the Urban Food Forest soon followed, with herbs, tomatoes and peppers planted to thrive over summer. Plans are being made for the next stage of the project – a new ‘bush tucker’ garden developed with guidance and education from the Boon Wurrung community.

Come along and hear from leadership, parents and students about how this initiative took off, the value it’s providing to the school community and how the outdoor space is being integrated into student learning.

19th May 2021 4.00 PM   through   5.30 PM
St James Catholic Parish Primary School
6 St James Close
Brighton VIC 3186

Boon Wurrung Foundation Logo The EcoCentre acknowledges the Kulin Nations, including the Yalukut Weelam clan of the Boon Wurrung language group, traditional owners of the land on which we are located. We pay respects to their Elders past and present, and extend that respect to other Aboriginal and Elder members of our multicultural community.