St Francis Xavier pupils enjoy school farm

PUPILS at St Francis Xavier Primary School are looking forward to their farm expanding, with the arrival of lambs and a goat this week. 

The school’s environmental program growth has been gradual. 

It acquired an eight-hectare property next to the school two years ago and slowly  developed it into a working farm. 

Environmental education co-ordinator and specialist teacher Sarah Page said the school had created a living forest, wetlands, permaculture kitchen garden and two paddocks across the property. 

The school has three chickens, two ponies, guinea pigs and a rabbit. It will receive the lambs and goat over the weekend and buy a calf later in the year. 

Ms Page said the pupils learnt about where food came from and how to work sustainably with land.

Later in the year they will take the lambs to market. 

St Francis Xavier Primary School grade five pupils Bella, Isabella and Maddi. PICTURE: LACHLAN BENCE

St Francis Xavier Primary School grade five pupils Bella, Isabella and Maddi. PICTURE: LACHLAN BENCE

Grade five pupils Isabella, Maddi and Bella go out to the gardens each break and care for the animals and the garden. 

“I like weeding and doing that with my friends and going out to see the animals, insects and bugs,” Maddi said.

Bella said she enjoyed seeing the chickens and collecting eggs.

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