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Students relish school-grown produce

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June 04, 2018

St George's Primary School students Travis Owens, Haidrah Aldulaimy, Rihaana Sadiq and Chloe Clancy collecting the eggs from the schools chook pen.

Grade three students Chloe Clancy and Rihaana Sadiq enjoying the aroma of the fresh lavender.

St George's Primary School students Haidrah Aldulaimy and Travis Owens picking from the schools mandarin tree.

The freshly laid eggs being collected by the grade three students to be taken to the school canteen.

The children at St Georges Rd Primary School are enjoying the benefits of their self-grown produce.

Librarian and grounds maintenance officer Margaret Stothart said the primary school created a space in the yard dedicated to growing various types of produce.

She said the small area included six chickens with a number of different vegetables, fruits and herbs growing.

Ms Stothart said the area provided the Year 3 students each year with the opportunity to plant new plants during the spring and enjoy a day of making pizzas using the herbs from the garden.

She said the produce was also used for cooking in the school canteen and for children to be able to share in their classrooms.

Ms Stothart said the area was open for all students to enjoy and assist in maintaining.

She said it was a pleasant distraction for children who sometimes struggled in the classroom and helped them to regain focus and work productively.

‘‘It’s a quiet space for whatever’s needed,’’ Ms Stothart said.

 - Laura Briggs

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