05 Nov 2019
A different and relaxing space for students
Students performing at the official opening of the new Evatt Primary School garden and outdoor learning space last week.
The Evatt Primary School community is thrilled with their new Indigenous garden and outdoor learning space.
The focus of the Indigenous garden is a yarning circle, which was a cultural integrity priority for the school and completed as part of their Reconciliation Action Plan.
This space will be used to support the school’s Indigenous, social and emotional learning programs, providing a specially designed place for students to meet and talk together.
"It's something a bit different and a big improvement on the cement that was here before,” year six student Ajak Nyuon said. "I find it relaxing here, it's a good space to be."
Fellow year six student Jackson White agrees. "It's nice and relaxing here, it's great."
The space was also designed to include some Japanese elements, reflecting the school's Japanese language learning program.
It also includes a small amphitheatre and landscaped gardens. As the garden grows it will provide additional shade and temperature control to the school building.
Evatt Primary School principal Susan Skinner is excited to see students using this space for a range of learning opportunities - including the kindergarten and year six buddy program – as well as simply for taking classroom learning outdoors.
"This new learning space is a fantastic addition to our school,” Ms Skinner said.
“We are excited to grow into it and explore ways to incorporate it into our everyday curriculum and social programs."