Stephanie Alexander Kitchen Garden

From little things...
Over the past several years WWPS has developed a strong involvement with learning living skills. We  began by creating a small produce patch and hosting  the Hospitality on Wheels van enabling all students from P-6 to have cooking lessons and for our MYOS students to conduct successful themed (Italian, Asian and Hawaiian) restaurant nights, serving 3 course meals to 140 people on each evening. 

Big things grow...
In July 2009 our Stephanie Alexander Kitchen Garden program was fully operational.  Students in Year 3-6 have fortnightly classes in the garden (45 mins) with a garden specialist and 1.5 hours in the Kitchen with a Kitchen Specialist.  This program embodies the vision of Australia's renown chef and author Stephanie Alexander “to develop life-long healthier and happier eating habits in a new generation of  Australians by engaging them in growing, harvesting, preparing and sharing delicious and healthy food at primary school”.
Our garden is now huge, feeding 200 students each fortnight, and incorporates garden beds, orchard, shaded outdoor area, water tanks and composting facilities.  It is continually evolving.

We have refurbished a double classroom into a modern kitchen with preparation and eating areas, pantry, laundry and staff office. More information on the SAKG program can be accessed at: http://www.kitchengardenfoundation.org.au/

Volunteers
This program is heavily reliant on volunteers and we have developed a successful Volunteer Induction Program as we highly value our community and parent volunteers who support our students in their learning.

This program with its emphasis on lifelong learning, Literacy and Numeracy skills has become embedded in our curriculum and we have been recognised by DEECD's Hume Region as a Numeracy Excellence School.
 

Community Wood Fired Oven
Our Community Wood Fired Oven built in conjunction with Wodonga Council was launched in May 2009. This facility complements our Kitchen Garden project as it can be used for breads, pizzas, baked potatoes and roasts.

Behind the oven we have built a Parterre Garden which will be planted with seasonal vegies and herbs for the community to utilise when they visit our school to see the oven in action. Our MYOS students have completed the area with colourful murals along adjoining fences and a classroom. A bird bath, a preparation bench, sink and garden seats have been installed to make this a functional and focal part of our school. 

 

Visit our BLOG on the website to read about more of the weekly events in this program.