For many years the children have been immersed in programs to build skills and understandings to develop lifelong sustainable skills. In the beginning, a selection of environmental and cooking programs operated as lunch time activities for groups of interested students. The number of children wanting to participate and their enthusiasm for these activities often exceeded the scope of the lunchtime activity. With our great facilities, these experiences are further enhanced with classes dedicated to environmental studies and cooking within class time. Students are able to experience the full cycle of food cultivation and its preparation for healthy eating. All components of the Sustainable Schools program: Water, Waste, Energy and Biodiversity are covered in Environmental Studies and Cooking Program.
Up until 2020 we had a specialist teacher lead our cooking units but when COVID-19 restricted school operations we were forced to restructure and now class teachers take lessons in the Science and Cooking lab. It is so important to teach children a love of cooking as young as possible. teaching children how to care for themselves and how to form healthy habits are life skills. Making wonderful ‘munchin memories’ in primary school can be reflected upon as our students look back with fondness as they grow older.
The program Prep – year 6 focuses on different aspects for different year levels, but as a minimum it covers concepts such as: Hygiene and safety in the kitchen - Knife handling and chopping skills - Food and nutrition – the super powers of food - Culture and celebrations link each year level to inquiry topic where possible. Parents are invited to volunteer to assist and lend your time in the kitchen as it ensures all lessons run more efficiently. Touch base with the class teachers if you can make yourself available. I hope you come back to this page often to download the recipes that we will be loading, see the photos or leave us a comment on anything cooking.