The Rotary Club Heerlen in the course of their 60th anniversary supported our school with a nice cheque, providing us with a budget to buy ourselves tools, seeds and plants we need for our school garden. Mr. Jos Eussen from the RCE Rhine-Meuse made sure the Rotary Board noticed and visited our school; well, for us as students and our teachers the task to show what we are capable of!
Our Vegetable Garden
By: Shalina Snijders en Mariska Brouns
At Sint Paulus from the 1st class on, age 4, we enjoy environmental education, in all aspects, from bees to all that lives in our soil, from germination on covering the whole cycle of the live of plants. We all believe that in order to understand the world we live in and secure its sustainability, we have to start out with understanding the world we live in.
Already in 2013 we started out with the construction of our own vegetable garden, by ways of special huge containers made of wood. We put those on our playground, each class having its own container in which the students bury the seeds. We learned a lot, quite a lot, learning to handle our gardens, take care of it, wonder about all the things that grew, astounded by the rich variety of vegetables and fruits we produced through our own work. We did this! So we now for example understand how much space each kind of plant needs to grow, that their water consumption varies and a lot more. It was now also more pleasure to understand what food actual is and how it works for our bodies.
When autumn came we covered the containers with a canvas in orde to prevent the soil would get too wet (we live in the Netherlands!). Things like this, doing something, we all found great - the whole work in our own gardens using our hands for many of us students is actually a relief from sitting in the classroom. Also being able now to see our vegetables, fruits and even flowers grow, is for most of us quite special for we don’t have a garden like this at our homes. What we otherwise just learn to read the words, we now we literally know what we are talking about. Actually no need to learn the names anymore, we simple know it for we touch and taste it. And we found that vegetables and much more too us then those things found on a plate of food we didn’t like.
"The students are enthusiast , they even produced soup, jam and chutney themselves. Like the strawberries and tomatos all was divided amongst them to eat during the breaks".