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Wanniassa Hills Primary School

Garden tour

By Lucia Mayo

On Saturday 31 October 2015, the Woden local group organised a tour of the Wanniassa Hills Primary School garden.

The weather was fine.

Audrey, Sylvia and Luis, Phil and Lucia attended.

Phil brought the A–frames and Sylvia brought a table with the information pamphlets.

Two attendees came and we all listened with great interest as Deb Shaw took us round the school garden and showed us the classroom where cooking and other activities occur.

Two Communities at Work personnel turned up just as we were leaving. They are planning to include a garden/s as part of their program.

There is a propagation house created out of drink bottles with parental assistance. Deb informed us the idea for this came originally from the UK.

There are chooks in a roomy yard, vegetables including potatoes and garlic, and fruit trees.

The vegetables are growing both in raised aluminium beds and in the ground.

It is an organic garden with a compost heap for soil enrichment.

Sylvia was impressed by the educational displays in the classroom.

Parents assist with chook care and watering.

Deb the enthusiastic, dedicated gardener and teacher provides tuition and guidance 4 days a week to children from preschool to year 3.

Unfortunately Deb is retiring at the end of this year so we hope her replacement will carry on the good work.

The garden is certainly worth future visits.

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With thanks to our


  • ACT Government Environment and Planning
  • The Association of Independent Schools of the ACT (AISACT)
  • Catholic Education Office (Archdiocese of Canberra and Goulburn)
  • Education and Training Directorate
  • ACT Government