Beaumaris Primary School's Native Sensory Garden
Winners of a Yates & Junior Landcare Creative Garden Grant!
Native Sensory Garden and Outdoor Learning Area was created and designed by the students at Beaumaris Primary School in Victoria
Students, teachers and the wider school community assisted in developing the Native Sensory Garden and the Outdoor Learning Area, places where children and staff can now undertake outdoor learning activities.
During lunchtimes, the students worked hard in the preparation of the garden: digging, mulching, removing weeds, watering and planting. Additionally, students and staff undertook planning for the working bees that took place last year.
The first working bee took place in October 2016 and the whole school community was invited. The participants implemented a walking path and garden beds in the Native Sensory Garden. During the second working bee, the seating areas were completed, mulch was laid, concrete posts for sensory posts were set, bollards to mark each entrance were set in place, and tree stumps were placed for extra seating.
Throughout the progress of the project, the passing general public and neighbours have often stopped to enquire about the garden and remark on how fantastic they thought it was and how they enjoyed watching the progress.
“Lunchtime and recess sessions in the new garden have been very popular, with digging and watering being the favourite activities or simply asking questions about what happens next.”
Vanessa Fitzgerald, Garden Club Coordinator
Learning opportunities in the garden
- Mathematics (e.g. measurement and counting)
- Performing arts (natural amphitheatres for small group work)
- Creative writing (e.g. about a design element)
- Science (e.g. seed germination/plant and insect life)