The Charlestown East Public School outdoor learning space and vegetable gardens are sure to ignite the senses.
Our space includes:
eleven flourishing vegetable patches,
native sensory garden and
a fabulous outdoor classroom with bush rock seating.
The space was created using recycled and donated products and a successful grant application through Lake Macquarie City Council.
The gardens are looked after by the students and the garden committee. Planting days are held multiple times throughout the year where students get to participate in planting seeds and seedlings, creating nature art, participating in scavenger games and more. Students learn about sustainability and get to connect with the great outdoors.
Produce from the vege gardens are used in the classroom, the school canteen and even sold by the students at the monthly CEPS mini markets.
The Australian Curriculum states ‘the outdoor learning connection provides a framework for students to experience guided, integrated learning across the curriculum in natural environments. Students have the opportunity to gain unique and specific benefits from outdoor learning. They develop skills and understandings while valuing a positive relationship with natural environments and promoting the sustainable use of these environments.’