Bayswater Primary School to grow with community through new sustainability initiatives

Year 3 students Jack Mance (8), Benji Jones (8) and James Juniper (8). The Bayswater Primary School P and C Gardening Committee has developed a community grow cart where students can share excess produce with the community. Picture: David Baylis.
Year 3 students Jack Mance (8), Benji Jones (8) and James Juniper (8). The Bayswater Primary School P and C Gardening Committee has developed a community grow cart where students can share excess produce with the community. Picture: David Baylis.

BAYSWATER Primary School students will be taking further steps towards reducing waste through a community grow cart and recycling bins this term.

The P and C gardening committee and sustainability group have developed a grow cart where students can share excess produce with the community.

Yellow-top recycling bins have been provided by the City of Bayswater to assist in recycling waste as part of its recycling education program.

Other initiatives include soft plastic recycling, the P and C converting recycled intermediate bulk containers into wicking beds, installing a worm farm in an old fridge, holding planting events and sharing composting tips in newsletters.

Principal Steve Hovitch said the grow cart stemmed from the Year 3 students wanting to use the produce grown in the veggie garden.

“The current Year 3 teachers are firm believers that school gardens are an amazing classroom tool with endless benefits for students that extend beyond the classroom,” he said.

“The garden has evolved and at the beginning of Term 1, together with the parents, the students and teachers transformed old boxes, planter boxes and pallets into vegetable gardens.

“It was decided to then invite others to contribute to the grow cart given that people often grow more produce in their own gardens than they can consume.”