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The Stephanie Alexander Kitchen Garden consists of "no dig" organic garden plots. Fresh fruit, vegetables and herbs are planted, tended and harvested for the canteen lunches and cooking classes in the Stephanie Alexander Kitchen Garden Program under supervision of the garden and kitchen teachers and groundsman. Meaningful actions, real learning and deep understandings are developed. The Yabby Pond and Trout Tank provides an opportunity for students to study the growth and development of yabbies and Rainbow Trout. At present the school garden boasts a magnificent crop of seasonal vegetables and fruit including tamarillos, pumpkins and leeks. Olive trees are espaliered across an old iron-framed gate and ornamental pond. A decorative Spiral Herb Garden built by Grade 3 and 4 children provides parsley, sage, thyme and other herbs for the kitchen and canteen. The Tipi in the garden eclipses all that surrounds it. Standing at 10 metres, it is the centrepiece of a carefully crafted learning environment that links several elements of the curriculum: the arts, history, respect for other cultures with environmental education, health and nutrition. It is used for weekly garden classes and at other times as an inspirational outdoor learning centre. A magnificent mural depicting part of the history of our school site inspired by an old photograph in the book titled Moorabbin - A Pictorial History 1862 - 1994 by John Cribbin, created by artists Colleen Cassar and Juan Sanz is an eye catching feature in our organic gardens. The Learning Precinct has been created by the combination of many learnscapes. At Southmoor Primary a learnscape is a landscape designed for learning. Student-focused, the concept has involved the whole school in creating environments to learn in, about and through. The notion of school grounds as "learnscapes" is based on the integration of grounds development with curriculum development. After many years of consultation, research and planning we developed a Master Plan which details many innovative concepts for the development of individual Learnscapes within our school grounds, in order to take learning beyond the four walls of the traditional classroom. Our core values and vision for sustaining the educational innovation at Southmoor, grounded firmly within our mission as a school, allows for flexible use and interchange of these plans as the future unfolds. Our potential to provide a focus for public education has been recognised by many quarters. For 2017 Grade 6 students are being afforded a great opportunity to shine this year in the Stephanie Alexander Kitchen Garden Program. The Grade 6’s have been timetabled to assist Kitchen Teacher, Mrs Selena Francis to “run the kitchen” for the Grade 3/4 sessions. This will allow our senior students to utilise all their skills developed over three years of participation in the kitchen garden program for the benefit of their younger buddies. The Grade 6 students will have the opportunity to harvest, prepare and share with the Grade 3 and 4's as they too develop these important life skills and social skills that are intrinsic to Stephanie Alexander’s pleasurable food education. Southmoor's inspiring environmental initiatives are more often planned, created and maintained by our children demonstrated by:

Access to an exciting variety of complementary habitats within our grounds

 A safe and secure environment

 A recognition that learning occurs in different ways and in different places

 The development of natural intelligence