Alkimos PS students spending lunchtimes in the garden


Year 3 students Shayana Torney, Sienna Doig, Lily-May Holly, Katie Cottam and Ayisha Crane. Picture: Martine Kennealey d473121
Year 3 students Shayana Torney, Sienna Doig, Lily-May Holly, Katie Cottam and Ayisha Crane. Picture: Martine Kennealey d473121

STUDENTS are taking the lead on environmental issues at Alkimos Primary School.

A group of five Year 3 students initiated a club that meets every lunchtime to work on the school vegetable garden and worm farm.

Teacher Jemma Bryan said about 15 students regularly attended the club, which is monitored by staff but run by Shayana Torney, Sienna Doig, Lily-May Holly, Katie Cottam and Ayisha Crane.

“Some days they can get up to 30 kids come along,” she said.

“It was exciting because we encourage students to look after the environment but for them to actually initiate that and want to help others was great.”

The girls teach fellow students how to tend to the garden and worm farm, and also help by picking up rubbish and collecting food scraps.

“They definitely develop teamwork skills, communication skills and further develop their leadership skills,” Ms Bryan said.

“I think it gives them a sense of belonging…it’s encouraging to see.”

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