The Stephanie Alexander Kitchen Garden Foundation provides the inspiration, information, professional development, and support for educators to deliver pleasurable food education to children and young people in Australia.
All classes engage with our Learning Garden in some way throughout the year and it is our Upper Primary class that undertake the full Stephanie Alexander Kitchen Garden Program. Students engage in a 45-minute lesson each week planting, harvesting, and maintaining our vegetable garden. Students then have a 90-minute lesson once a fortnight learning how to cook and create amazing Stephanie Alexander recipes using produce from the garden and other seasonal vegetables and coming together around a table to enjoy the food and conversation. It has been a real success and elements of the program are expanding into other grade levels within the College.
The use of technology is being progressively integrated across most subject areas. Coding is also taught from Grades P-6 as part of our Life Skills program.
Students engage in programs about cybersafety and students are reminded of the College Internet usage protocols at the beginning of each year. Grades 2-6 students and their parents also sign an Internet Usage Agreement at the start of each year.
Where relevant and practical, there will be aspects of curriculum content and processes that are integrated across a range of Key Learning Areas and other aspects of school life and community. Real contexts for learning are used strategically to make learning more meaningful for students, with outdoor experiences, camps, excursions and incursions being an important part of our curriculum.
Grade P/1 students: Stay late at school in Term 4
Grade 2 students: Sleepover at school in Term 4
Grade 3/4 students:
Two-night camp at Billabong Ranch in Echuca (Year A)
Two-night camp at PGL Adventure Camp at Kyneton (Year B)
Grade 5/6 students:
Four-night camp to Canberra (Year A)
Two-night camp at Sovereign Hill in Ballarat, which includes the costumed school and Aura Light and Sound Show (Year B)