Funds for Eastern Hills Senior High helps seeds to grow


Teacher Charlotte Edwards with Shire President David Lavell, school principal John Dunning and students are looking forward to seeing the seedlings sprout.
Teacher Charlotte Edwards with Shire President David Lavell, school principal John Dunning and students are looking forward to seeing the seedlings sprout.

STUDENTS are learning about sustainability through a horticultural program, with a helping hand from the Shire of Mundaring.

Eastern Hills Senior High School in Mt Helena recently secured a $2000 matching grant from the council.

The grants are for projects meeting community needs, with groups able to match shire funding dollar for dollar.

Shire President David Lavell said the school planned to purchase a water tank for reticulation and seed raising beds with the funding. “The Year 11 and 12 students take part in the sustainable horticulture program and complete a Certificate II in Horticulture,” he said.

“This is a great way to teach young people about the importance of being self-sufficient and understanding how food is grown.”

The seed raising beds will help the school grow its own seedlings, rather than purchasing them.

Shire funding will match funds raised by the school’s P&C.

“The beds will not only save money, but show the students the whole growing process, right through to using the fresh produce in home economic classes,” Cr Lavell said.