25 November, 2022
School wins big garden competition
MOUNT Molloy State School students will get a special visit from Kitchen Garden Foundation founder Stephanie Alexander this Friday after they won an anniversary video com-petition highlighting their school’s involvement in the program.
The Kitchen Garden Foundation was established with the aim of helping children develop a lifelong appreciation for fresh, seasonal food.
Mount Molloy State School has been involved with the program for 10 years and was given the chance to participate in the foundation’s 20th anniversary video competition.
The local school was chosen as the winner and will now get a visit from the foundation founder this Friday.
School principal Zarah-Rae Budgen is eagerly anticipating Ms Alexander’s visit.
“Our entire school community is looking forward to Stephanie's visit very much,” she said.
“We were over the moon when we heard that we had won the prize and our team has been on a high ever since.
“It is a wonderful opportunity to celebrate all that our school has achieved through this program and gain her expert advice in planning for future success.
“It also ties in perfectly with our 10th year anniversary celebration – we can’t wait to celebrate this amazing achievement with Stephanie and our school community.”
The 90 second video the school sent in highlighted students working hard in the garden, harvesting veggies to be made into fresh, seasonal, delicious food.
It showcased how the program has been incorporated into other core subjects, students learn maths and science through measuring plant growth and weighing their harvest, while language and communication skills are nurtured by descriptive prompts aimed at expanding their flavour vocabulary.
The school’s onsite café provides hospitality experience, while students learn marketing skills selling jam and preserves at a local market and financial literacy running a DIY pizza stall.