Amaroo Primary School students and teachers grow green thumbs

Green thumbs: Amaroo Primary School's Year 3, Room 17 students have helped out with the edible garden over the past semester. Photo: Thomas Munday.
Green thumbs: Amaroo Primary School's Year 3, Room 17 students have helped out with the edible garden over the past semester. Photo: Thomas Munday.

Amaroo Primary School's Year 3, Room 17 class have dived into edible gardening solutions throughout semester one. 

The class has created and led a sustainable gardening project on school grounds, with teacher Eric Hayward and full-time gardener Jesse Oslington’s assistance. 

The group has planted broccoli, cauliflower, brussel sprouts, beans and snow peas. 

They have planned to invite students to sample vegetable tastings from the garden later this year. 

Mr Hayward said it was important for school students to understand the idea of plants growing from seeds and seedlings. 

“We want to teach kids about trying to increase vegetables in their diet and so the thing is to try to make it as real as we can so they actually get to see them grow and they have some ownership in that,” he said.

He said the children responded well to learning outside of the classroom. 

“When you get them engaged like that, then you can use that learning to link up with other areas.” 

The group recently received funding support from the school’s P and C board. 

The school has called upon the community’s assistance in donating seeds or planting into planter boxes.  

Mr Oslington said the class had planned to plant fruit trees, herbs, vegetables and ferns in the area. 

Mr Hayward said the school was planning on growing a wheel-barrow’s worth of fruit and vegetables to enter into a competition at the Perth Royal Show.