Katandra is fortunate to have a fantastic garden area established by passionate staff and school community throughout the years. It is fully equipped with raised garden beds, fruit trees, composting area and a secure shed. Students from all age groups are able to participate in a variety of hands on learning programs that build lifelong passion and skills in horticulture.
Students through this program learn the elements of safety involved in working around the garden. Some areas are identifying and properly using tools, selecting safety clothing and being sun smart, recognizing friendly and unfriendly garden creatures and treating them appropriately, and proper handling of different types of plants. These skills are practised on a daily basis, teaching valuable skills that can be used beyond the school.
Students learn first-hand the entire life cycle of plants and learn as seeds planted in the classroom spout into seedlings, then are transferred into the school garden beds where they can thrive and be harvested for use in the food technology program. On rainy days students build their knowledge in the classroom planting seeds in small trays, and work outdoors in the garden area digging, sifting, watering, pruning and weeding when the weather is fine.
The students comment it is fun getting out in our garden and working with partners and small teams to complete the task. We do our best not to get dirty or wet, but it is all worth it when we see our vegetables ready for harvest.