• A re-elected Napthine Government has committed $145,000 to develop St Kilda Primary School’s Green Zone.
• The Green Zone is the centrepiece of the school’s master plan for development that maximizes open space.
• Central to the new development will be a farm providing opportunities for students to learn about sustainability and develop practical skills in agriculture.
• New sporting facilities will include an undercover basketball stadium and tennis wall to increase student access and physical activity
To better educate youth with practical life skills through using the environment sustainably, a re-elected Napthine Government has committed $145,000 to assist St Kilda Primary School creating a ‘Green Zone’.
David Southwick MP, Member for Caulfield and former-Chair of the Parliamentary Education and Training Committee who inquired into agricultural education and training in Victoria, said he was really excited to create a new way of learning for students by developing a farm at the school.
“It’s a privilege to represent such a diverse range of schools in Caulfield, and St Kilda Primary is a great example of innovative teaching and giving students the best education opportunities,” Mr Southwick said.
“The Napthine government believes a first-class education is the best way to ensure all young Victorians have the skills they need for the future.”
The new facilities will be used by the school’s 500 students, a community that is expected to grow to more than 600 students in coming years.
St Kilda Primary’s basketball courts are currently used by the school’s 19 basketball teams and 7 netball teams.
“Additional sporting facilities are particularly vital, which is why a re-elected Napthine government will build a ¾ size basketball court with a roof and a tennis wall to promote an active and healthy lifestyle,” Mr Southwick said.
With the addition of the school farm, students will be maintaining plants, composting, looking after chickens and growing and cooking fresh produce.
“It’s really important that children develop an understanding and appreciation of how we grow and cook food, and this is a great way to involve them in the process and provide a practical education,” Mr Southwick added.
“The local community will be really awarded through this investment with plans to donate the produce and cooked food to the homeless at the St Kilda Drop-In Centre.”