We have been successful in receiving a federal government stimulus package grant from the “Building the Education Revolution”- National School’s Pride program.
This will assist us to build our new children and community kitchen for our kitchen garden program. This money will be used on the building and the money we have raised through donations from the school and broader community will go towards fitting the building out.
The kitchen which is 8.5 m x 21 m will be built beside the kitchen garden above the GP room towards the road. It will also have a 3 m wide verandah area which can be used by the garden classes. The kitchen will be available for community use.
Over the past two years we have tried many ways to get our new kitchen including buying kit sheds, old school portable buildings, relocating parts of closed schools and extending our current canteen/kitchen. We have applied for community grants without success before deciding to build as far as we could with community donations. Thanks to the many parents who have made donations towards this project and are making this possible. Any donation over $2 made to the school building fund are tax deductable.
We are very appreciative of local architects, Belgraphik Building Design, who have drawn all the plans in conjunction with the structural engineer and building permit company. The plans also include all internal layouts and colour schemes. Belgraphik donated their time and skills to us to support a local community project. This is truely appreciated.
We are now finalising quotes with builders and are keen to “turn the first sod”.
Last fortnight saw the first full rotation of kitchen sessions.
The kids are very enthusiastic about the sessions, and those who have done classes last year, are very capable chefs. Their knife skills are really impressive. The menu seemed to work well. We had a tomato focus, making Bruschetta, a garden salad, ham, tomato and spinach frittata, and rhubarb and apple muffins. We used many different herbs from the garden, as well as lots of tomatoes, lettuce and rhubarb. Thanks to our parent volunteers, Kate, Nicole, Clare, Brodwyn, Rachel, Sharon and Kim, and our Community volunteer, Sheila Rice, who made the sessions possible. We still need one more volunteer for the 5/6 class and the 3/4 class, which are both on this Thursday if you are able to help out, or maybe you can offer your services as an emergency helper.
Big thanks to Fred and the team at Kallista Biodynamic Market for supplying us with many vegetables. Your generousity is wonderful.
If you have any excess produce at home (lemons, apples etc), please bring it in to school. We will definitely find a use for it.
Home Economics Victoria are running a competition where students are required to create a healthy recipe using fruit and vegetables that can be used as a topping, sauce or filling to be served with pancakes. Children who are in kitchen sessions will have a chance to make their creations in kitchen classes, and thereby submit their entry in the competition. For years 3-6 entry forms will be handed out in class. For budding chefs in Years Prep – 2, entry forms may be collected from the office, and entries can be made at home. The recipe and a photo of the creation need to be submitted with the entry form. If you have many queries about the competition please see me.
Happy cooking …. Simone Hall