AN outdoor classroom was set up at Bendigo Violet Street Primary School on Monday.
Sitting outside in the sun among the school’s sustainable garden, students took part in a Springtime Garden Celebrations morning session.
The session is part of a Victorian Schools Garden Awards (VSGA) series across the state with Bendigo Violet Street Primary School the first to be a part of the program.
The aim of the day was to highlight the joy and wonder of the garden according to VSGA project officer Basil Natoli.
“It’s about celebrating the wonder of growing plants, and the passion and enjoyment that children derive from being part of that process,” he said.
“Irrespective of where schools are at in terms of their gardening journey, and regardless of whether they have entered the Schools Garden Awards this year, this event is about coming together as a community and sharing their school garden achievements.”
Bendigo Violet Street Primary School principal John Scobie said students at the school enjoyed their edible gardening program.
“Growing the produce and then eating it is a really practical way to learn about healthy sustainable living,” he said.
Mr Scobie said having a sustainable garden was an important part of the school’s curriculum.
“We have had a garden for about six years and it has now morphed across the whole school,” he said.
“This year we have introduced cooking classes.
“Students get to cook healthy food and then eat it as part of our long lunches.
“It is a practical way for the kids to learn.”