School gets cookin’ on kitchen classroom

Nicolette BarbasHarvey-Waroona Reporter
Year 6 students Lewis Brace, Matthew Fry, Harry Do and Harlem Staub with River Valley Primary School principal Vanessa Rodda on the cleared land that will soon be transformed into an outdoor garden.
Camera IconYear 6 students Lewis Brace, Matthew Fry, Harry Do and Harlem Staub with River Valley Primary School principal Vanessa Rodda on the cleared land that will soon be transformed into an outdoor garden. Credit: Nicolette Barbas

The River Valley Primary School is re-inventing its outdoor kitchen classroom and is calling for design submissions from students and the community.

As part of the school’s vision to raise community-minded citizens, the project aims to encourage children to give something back.

Principal Vanessa Rodda said the outdoor area was part of the school’s identity.

“A lot of the parents of the children here also attended this school and to them the outdoor area brings back nostalgia, so there are a lot of people who are really excited to see this move forward,” Ms Rodda said.

“We’re an urban school with a country setting so part of our identity as a school is to have a thriving outdoor classroom which involves a lot of greenery and a focus on outdoor play.”

Ms Rodda said re-building the outdoor kitchen classroom began with the school wanting to create a sustainable long term project that involved the students.

“The goal is to improve, enhance and re-invigorate the space while renewing the confidence of the community. We want kids to be involved in the design process because if they are invested in the project they are more likely to look after it and care for it.”

The school has extended the submission date until the end of term and are asking the community to contribute any ideas or designs.

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