The Year 9 Skills 21 class have worked tirelessly all year on planning, designing and now building a Living Classroom and Permaculture Garden.
This will be a resource that can be used by the whole school and it will create an awesome platform for project-based learning tasks. In addition it will promote principles of sustainability, health, nutrition and be a beautiful space to learn and commune.
This year, the students have accomplished a vast amount. This has included: selecting possible locations, surveying staff, acquiring feedback and input, conducting fundraising events, designing the living classroom and now commencing the building of the site.
Before this was done, the blessing of the site by local Aboriginal elders was sought, in which a traditional "Smoking Ceremony" and soil turning ceremony was conducted. This was an amazing spiritual event to be involved in and on behalf of the staff and students of the school we would like to thank Uncle Gerald and the Men's group, the women's group and Warrigal employment for their support of this project.
The site now has a spiritual foundation that will yield an abundance of positive outcomes for the students of this school and the Albion Park community as a whole.
We also have created a you tube channel where we upload weekly VLOGS of what we have been up to with the living classroom. If you'd like to check it out click this link below:
Skills 21 youtube channel - link
Previously in 2017 ...
We commenced a composting program, designed decks and mosaics and looked after calves in the Ag Plot as part of the "Cows Create Careers" program. This is all done in addition to our normal learning experiences in class.
Last Friday, Skills 21 students ran a Nacho Day fundraiser from the Canteen. A huge thankyou to the head of the canteen Shona Smylie and the other parent volunteers who helped and supported this awesome day! The nachos were delicious!
Albion Park RSL has given a generous donation of $20,000 to the Skills 21 living classroom program!
A huge thank you!
We greatly appreciate it and it will be used for starting the earthworks, purchasing plants, soil, mulch and much more. The earthworks phase is scheduled to commence week 1 of term 4.