Wyndham Christian College Garden Club
The installation for organic munch and crunch garden has long entered the state spotlight as an effective and purposeful way to connecting students to the natural world as well as promoting life-long healthy eating. WCC gardening club is looking to provide teachers with opportunities to enhance student education through hands-on, practical, inquiry-based learning. Goals of our school garden club include:
- Providing students with opportunities for experimentation and observation, inquiry-based learning. Science units like plant parts and their functions, minibeasts and their habitats, flowers and pollination are all accessible in the garden.
- Employing sustainable gardening practices and promoting the appreciation, accomplishment and value of growing and eating healthy food.
- Helping the students to discover the interdependence between humans and the natural environmental processes including water cycle and the ecosystem.
- Motivating students with the need to protect the genetic diversity of our plant foods for the future generations, as well as addressing environmental issues in school such as recycling waste through composting and being water wise.
- Supporting students in developing a sense of personal responsibility as stewards of the school environment and giving chances to demonstrate leadership.
- Supplying local produce to the students and the wider community to support community service learning.
Research has shown that involving students in gardening activities and natural settings through collaborative, cross-curriculum, student-centred learning can lead to:
- Improved attitudes towards healthy eating habits.
- Improved social and behavioural skills.
- Improved stewardship and care towards the natural environment.
- Positive impact on academic performances.
(KidsGrow Schools Gardening Resource) Source: here
The school garden club offers a place to enrich teaching and learning experiences, providing a holistic interdisciplinary learning at Wyndham Christian College.