One of our curriculum innovations this year was to introduce Gardening - it has been so successful, we are introducing it as a short course on the official curriculum for next year. Students, parents and staff have joined forces to start getting the very best from the location of the school - lots of plans for flower gardens and herbs and lots of good work going on around the school in gardening classes every Thursday.
Horticulture will be an optional short course subject next year, practical in nature with an emphasis on the out-of-school environment as an important learning resource that will give students a range of practical skills for everyday life. The skills will range from learning where food comes from to growing various ingredients for meals. This course can motivate students to eat nutritious, healthy food. Lots of great life skills can be developed through cultivating plants, garden design, planning, budgeting and working to a timeline. Some may be inspired to choose an outdoor career or find a lifelong hobby.