Curriculum - Kitchen Garden News

What’s been happening in our Kitchen and Garden?                                                      

The full Stephanie Alexander Kitchen Garden program is run at Surfside, based around the key program concepts of Growing, Harvesting, Preparing and Sharing. The program aims to teach lifelong positive food habits through pleasurable food education, as well as linking with the school curriculum and providing an engaging alternative learning environment.

The award-winning productive kitchen garden at Surfside is spacious and well established, including chickens, many fruit trees, a hothouse and shade house, extensive raised garden beds, and an outdoor classroom space. The garden is irrigated by rainwater from tanks, and has various composting systems in place. In the garden, students in Years 3-6 learn to grow a variety of fresh fruit and vegetables using organic gardening techniques.

The “Kingston Kitchen” is our large, purpose-built kitchen classroom. Students in Years 3-6 harvest fresh garden produce, and then cook seasonal recipes in small groups, before sitting down together to share and discuss the meal.

Years 4 and 6 participate in the Kitchen and Garden program during terms 1 and 2 each year, and Years 3 and 5 participate in the program during terms 3 and 4. The program is structured so that kitchen sessions and garden sessions alternate each week.

 

Volunteers are essential for the program to run smoothly! Parents, grandparents and community members are all welcome and invited to volunteer, for the Kitchen, Garden, or both. A valid Working With Children’s Check is required. For further information, please contact Camille Mewett (Kitchen and Garden Specialist) via the school office. 

 The Surfside Kitchen Garden program is proudly sponsored by: Driftwood Cafe in Ocean Grove, Kingston Estate and Wallington Rural.