Collier PS’s kitchen garden helping school community make healthy choices


(back) Oliver Kerr, Christian Edwards, Scarlett Sharp and Harri Lowe with (front) Caitlin Vosnacos. Picture: Jon Hewson d469839
(back) Oliver Kerr, Christian Edwards, Scarlett Sharp and Harri Lowe with (front) Caitlin Vosnacos. Picture: Jon Hewson d469839

COLLIER Primary School is encouraging healthy choices after the school built a kitchen garden.

The garden was made possible by a $5000 grant from Royal Perth Golf Club, with school parents and community members providing the labour over three weekend busy bees.

The garden will allow children to grow and prepare fresh food, while also giving them life skills to promote healthier choices in the future.

The produce is also used in the school’s canteen, run by the P&C, providing a wider variety of healthy eating choices for the students and teachers.

The menu now has a weekly special that changes depending on what produce is in season and available from the garden.

The vegetable garden is also enjoyed by the on-site before- and after-school care facility Helping Hands, which also helps to care for the garden during vacation periods.

Year 1 teacher Nola Gulberti said the kitchen garden had been a fantastic initiative for the school.

“Year 1 students have loved the opportunity to grow vegetables as a part of their science program,” she said.

“They decided what healthy food they would like to cook, then grew the suitable vegetables.

“Recently they harvested some of their carrots to make carrot cupcakes.

“The garden is a great avenue to integrate across the curriculum and to address sustainability.”

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