On Thursday the 13th of November, Shepherdson college hosted the third Edugrow School Garden Awards. It was an amazing day, starting with an Open Garden, with lots of community members and invited guests coming up to have a tour, led by the students. It was such a buzz to see the garden full of excited adults and children all sharing and learning together.
This was followed by an awards ceremony at which the five pictured students bravely made speeches about the importance of gardening in their lives.
Lastly, 4 classes came together to put on a Cafe Shep, celebrating the day and sharing yummy food with everyone.
Below are the speeches that we (Rachel, Anthia, Scotty, Peter and Faith) wrote and read out to everyone.
“Good Afternoon Everyone. We would like to tell you why we love our garden at Shepherdson College.
Firstly, our garden makes us feel happiness and we love working together outside in the fresh air.
Secondly, we get excited because we love to feed the chickens and seeing them play and run around is funny!
Thirdly, gardening teaches us things that will help us in real life, like growing food, cooking, sharing ideas in English and our own languages and caring for nature.
These are some of the reasons why we love our garden and all the kids in our school love our garden too. We hope we can keep gardening forever!!
Life’s a Garden……So dig it!!!”
By Scotty and Peter
Hello Everyone, we are happy to see so many visitors here at Shepherdson College today!
We would like to tell you about what we do in our garden and why we do it.
Our Garden is an organic garden. This means we don’t use any poisons on our plants and the food we grow is super healthy!
We use permaculture ideas to help us garden. Here are the three ethics we follow.
Earth care – we look after our soil and garden by making compost and mulching and recycling.
People Care – we share our produce and make healthy food and people devour it! That helps their body. To look after our minds, we work in teams, respecting and supporting each other.
Fair Share – everyone deserves to get a yield when they put in hard work, and everyone has useful skills to share.
We don’t just garden at school, we teach other people in the community how to garden too.
You might have seen the sunflower ninjas around town sharing seeds and gardening love!
Our community helps us too. ALPA saves the scraps for our chickens and our compost and also cardboard boxes to make mulch.
People in our community are also good customers who support us at the markets.
So as you can see…we don’t just play in our garden, it’s a fantastic place to learn useful skills for our future.
By Faith, Anthia and Rachel