Growing Together: Mandurah schools’ growth spurt supported


Students Kalli Chamos, Chad Tucker, Nehan Khan, Tollz Chamos, Dylan Lloyd, Tye Calyan and  Grego Gamier in their garden. Picture: Jon Hewson        www.communitypix.com.au   d459127
Students Kalli Chamos, Chad Tucker, Nehan Khan, Tollz Chamos, Dylan Lloyd, Tye Calyan and Grego Gamier in their garden. Picture: Jon Hewson        www.communitypix.com.au d459127

MORE than 10,000 people have so far taken part in the Growing Together initiative in which shoppers contribute tokens to the school of their choice at Mandurah Forum.

Mandurah, Greenfields and Meadow Springs primary schools and Living Waters Lutheran College are taking part in the initiative in an effort to win funds towards a school project.

Mandurah PS would spend the money on a new garden in which students could grow their own fruit and vegetables.

Students Services co-ordinator Patricia Murphy said the school had been developing a garden for three years and a plan for the future included fencing the garden beds, a soil enrichment program, expanding the cooking program and inviting a local artist to create a visual art work on the brick face wall.

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Greenfields PS would build a new nature (outside and equipment free) playground so the students can get back to playing outside.

Meadow Springs would develop a fitness track on the school perimeter, including some sensory play equipment.

Living Waters has already built raised garden beds, planted seedlings and installed a rainwater tank.

Their future aims are a mud kitchen and music garden and items such as wooden logs, ropes and tepees for a nature garden for kindy students.

Mandurah Forum manager Jacqueline McKenzie said the response had been amazing.

“We’ve had to empty some of the donation boxes twice because they were full,” she said.

She said the centre was proud of the role it played in the local community and thrilled the initiative would make a real difference to students and their projects.

“The Growing Together initiative has been a great success so far, and we are planning to continue the initiative next year and support other local primary schools and their school projects” she said.