At St. Michael's primary school, we are serious about preparing each child for life’s journeys. Environmental education, the natural world and a child’s wellbeing, play a major role in this preparation.
Our school is set in wonderful grounds, with a large outside space which is used for play and sports, both of which are important parts of a child’s development. In 2019, part of the grounds were redeveloped to provide more play space, which included space for growing pollinator friendly plants. We also have an existing and well established conservation area which includes a large pond.
Our project is to redevelop our grounds further and extend our school community garden to include covered, outdoor teaching spaces and secluded well-being areas.
This space would provide access for all children to experience growing their own food, learn about where different food comes from and the opportunity to harvest, cook and eat the produce through sustainable and organic practices:
An outdoor teaching space to promote wellbeing and use plants and the natural world to promote the benefits of self-care:
Provide access to a garden for those children who don’t have one
Be able to be open to the wider community, including other education facilities, to create better and deeper connections between the school and the local area.
Promote sustainability and the need to look after our natural world
Use the garden to teach about: