Pupils’ creative side on show

PROUD: Emily, year 2, at the Ballarat Christian College Garden Show holding a clay pot she decorated. The show included morning tea with loved ones. Picture: Kate Healy
PROUD: Emily, year 2, at the Ballarat Christian College Garden Show holding a clay pot she decorated. The show included morning tea with loved ones. Picture: Kate Healy

Decorated cakes, recycled birdhouses, scarecrows, vegetable sculptures, miniature gardens, handmade vases and flower hats were all on display at Ballarat Christian College on Thursday. 

The annual Garden Show, which is combined with Grandparents’ Day, is one of the main events on the school calendar.

Year 3 teacher Georgie Stevens said one of the key aspects of the day was giving pupils the opportunity to share their works with family members and friends.

“It is about showing them what they do at school now,” she said. “But we’ve also spoken about how it was when their grandparents went to school… there is such a huge change since those days.”

The pupils worked on the projects at school, but were also often set creative homework.

“It is just great excitement from the kids, I’ve even had some students say they’ve started in the school holidays,” Ms Stevens said. “They look forward to this day and it brings out their creativity, so it is something very special.”

Elijah, year 1, at Ballarat Christian College Garden Show. Picture: Kate Healy

Elijah, year 1, at Ballarat Christian College Garden Show. Picture: Kate Healy

Ms Stevens said pupils learnt about the importance of recycling and the environment while working on their projects.

“It is important for God’s environment to continue on for the next generation, but it is also about showcasing the kids and their families.”