Learning – Curriculum
OCEAN GROVE PRIMARY SCHOOL
Stephanie Alexander Kitchen Garden Program
In 2014 OGPS began the Stephanie Alexander Kitchen Garden Program. Since then our garden has flourished with many children across the school planting seeds and fruit trees in our very own orchard!
Each week students in Year 5 & 6 learn essential life skills in both the garden and kitchen. This includes planting seeds and learning how to care for plants, harvesting fresh produce they have grown themselves and understanding the importance of sustainable living. In the kitchen they learn knife handling skills, hygiene practises and basic cooking skills. This includes the importance of preparing, cooking and eating fresh food (including handmade pasta and bread) culminating in a shared meal together. The Year 4 students have started a gardening club each week and designed their own scarecrow which then went on to win the Van Loon’s Scarecrow Competition. The program is a huge success, largely due to the parent volunteers who assist each week. We are excited to see this program grow in the future!