Schools' Get Outside and Grow Photo Competition Winners
Author: Zo Zhou
We received almost 200 entries from schools across Australia showing us how they were getting their students to Get Outside and Grow! It was a tough call and a heartwarming experience seeing all the happy faces and wonderful gardens that are spreading!
Check out the winners, who have each won a vertical garden from Jamie Durie and $350 from Bunnings to create a living wall at school.
Preschool Winner: C&K Middlemount Community Preschool
"Our Middlemount kindy and pre-kindy children helped maintain our existing garden by mulching the garden beds and planting some new native trees and plants. With a huge round bale of hay, some wheelbarrows, some Mums and lots of little helpers we got our whole yard done. Keeping our garden growing beautiful plants, trees and flowers helps us attract precious native Australian wildlife. Some of our favourite visitors include 'Yellow Butterflies' (Kian, 3yo), 'Birds' (Cash, 4yo), 'What about the bugs with spots' (Tyler, 4yo), 'Ladybeetles' (Emily, 5yo). Kangaroos, possums, lorikeets and green frogs are other regular visitors to our yard and surroundings." Victoria Rathbone
Primary School Winner: Boyne Island State School
"This photo displays our school's very small, but quite efficient Green and Healthy team! They used their 'green thumbs' to grow some small seedlings to plant as part of this year's National Tree Day. They enjoyed watching the plants grow and develop over time, just like they have throughout the year! Time really does fly when you're having fun...and these girls have realised how we are all part of Mother Nature and grow and change at different rates! I am so proud of them all and enjoy every week we spend outside growing, changing and making our school and community a greener and healthier place for everyone!" Holly Clow
Secondary School Winner: Mindarie Senior College
"The Sustainability Mentor of MSC is a group of environmental ambassadors, and friends, who have a passion for spreading the message of ethical and sustainable practices. One venture of the sustainability mentor is our market garden, where we tend to seasonal vegetables in order to showcase sustainable living to the College community. The picture captures a moment of reflection: the ability to be self-sufficient is the ability to nurture and create life. Planting in a community garden gives students a sense of purpose and belonging, promotes sustainable behaviours that may be adopted by all in the College community." Tracey Smith
A special mention to the schools who went the extra mile to make videos and even a storybook in powerpoint!