STUDENTS at Christ the King School might have been surprised to hear clucking coming from the garden when they returned from the summer holidays.
Twelve chickens were just a small part of the new additions made to the school over the break, which also included a new adventure playground in the early learning centre and a new community garden equipped with a planter box that each class could use to get their hands dirty.
Christ the King assistant principal Brian Dobbie said it was an opportunity to extend the student’s learning in a number of different ways.
“It provides opportunities for children to experiment with math and science concepts, strengthen their physical skills, advance their social and emotional skills and enhance language development,” he said.
“We will continue to expand on community garden planting area and increase the size of the chicken run onto the oval.
“We hope they share in the experience, the benefit and pleasures of shared learning exploration and the students’ sense of being, belonging and becoming should be more explicit to them as they choose authentic, meaningful play experiences to further explore in the classroom.”