Planting, nurturing and reaping the rewards are what most gardens are all about.
Things are no different at GS Kidd Memorial School who are reaping the rewards of hard work in their new sensory garden.
In 2013 the school was successful in obtaining a $20,000 grant from the final round of the $5 million Shenhua Watermark Community Fund to help fund the garden.
At the official opening of the sensory garden on Thursday, students, teachers and staff members gathered and welcomed Shenhua’s Chief Financial officer Lu Yang who said supporting the garden was a true honour.
“It is our honour to do something for the community, especially for the children,” Mr Yang said.
“Shenhua is proud to support a community project that can educate, inspire and encourage students to be actively involved in decision making processes, nurturing of living things, environment management as well as science and cooking programs.”
Mrs Kim Gibson, a teacher at the school said the garden provided endless possibilities for the students.
“This garden provides a friendly space for our students to learn and grow,” she said.
“The best part about it is, it’s across the board learning.
“You can learn about anything, maths, English, science, virtually anything in this garden and our students love it.”
Mrs Gibson said sustainability was going to be at the heart of the sensory garden.
“We will really be focusing on the full cycle of gardening,” she said.
“Every aspect of the garden will help the students better understand sustainability and where things come from and where things go.”
Mrs Gibson also said the role Shenhua has played in getting the garden going has been vital.
“We could not have done it without them,” she said.
“Were as so grateful to Shenhua for all the help they have given us so far, we can’t thank them and all of our supporters enough for the help the have given us.”