photo-740The benefits to Seaforth Public School and the wider community are abundant…

For The Kids…

  • Learn life long positive behaviours and attitudes towards food and sustainability
  • Gain knowledge, confidence and skills in how to Grow, Harvest , Prepare & Share fresh seasonal produce in a sustainable manner
  • More opportunities to try new foods, flavours and textures
  • Benefit from ‘outside the classroom’ learning
  • Experience practical hands on learning in literacy and numeracy and other KLA’s
  • Enjoy learning outdoors and physical activity
  • Enhance social skills through cooperative learning
  • Experience different cultures and traditions
  • Build strong relationships with adult role models
  • Understand environmental sustainability
  • Appreciate and understand the relationship between garden and table

For The School…

  • Curriculum wide learning outcomes through innovative, hands-on education
  • Establishment of an outdoor “learnscape”
  • Working towards being an environmental sustainable school
  • Reduction in school waste to landfill through introduction of composting, wormfarming & recycling
  • Establish an alternative learning environment for ‘non-academic learners’ and kids with challenging behaviours
  • Become an active participant in education innovation
  • Establish a place to come together and build community pride
  • Foster closer ties with local communities
  • Build valuable facilities to be used by the wider community

See how the Program is incorporated at Seaforth Public School.

For Families

  • Enjoy a new avenue to foster lifelong healthy eating habits for the whole family
  • Opportunity to share new experiences by incorporating the enthusiasm and knowledge from the program into the home
  • Benefit from more meaningful connections with the school, community and environment
  • What’s learnt at school can transfer to home environment

For the Community

  • Build wider networks during the development and running of the program
  • Create greater connections with diverse people with common interests
  • Foster greater involvement with the school and local community
  • Encounter cross generational and cultural experiences

The proof is in the pudding…

Findings of a new Australian Government funded independent evaluation have the potential to change the way educators view the benefits of the Stephanie Alexander Kitchen Garden Program.

97% of teachers provided positive responses when asked how the Kitchen garden Program supported classroom learning: teachers also commented that the program “forms an intrinsic part of our student’s learning”.To read more about the study released in 2013, click here.

Between 2007 and 2009 a joint research team fromDeakinUniversity and theUniversity ofMelbourne conducted an evaluation of the Stephanie Alexander Kitchen Garden Program. The results demonstrate that the program is encouraging positive health behaviour change. The study also highlighted the transfer of benefits to the home and the broader community. To read more about this study click here.