John Paul Academy School Garden
Our School Garden is a raised bed area, formerly filled with old neglected bushes. We have recently transformed this by clearing the area, filling it with soil and planting fruit, vegetables and flowers. Our main goal is to sustain our garden as it gives all pupils at the school the opportunity to develop their knowledge and skills in this area. The garden provides us with many benefits. The pupils take great pride in it and it is more aesthetically pleasing to locals. It will deter vandalism and give the pupils and locals a sense of community.We intend that pupils working in the garden will improve their gardening knowledge and skills and learn more about the environment and biodiversity, as well as providing a social space for them to use. We hope that the Departments in the school will also make use of the garden. The Technical Department have already made planters for the area around it and the Home Economics Department have made use of the garden vegetables. In the next term we intend for other departments to use it: Art to stimulate creativity, Biology for the study of plants. In addition to this the garden will provide our young people with work experience. This will help many of them gain employment or the offer of a college place and perhaps even encourage some of them into horticulture as a trade. We have also established a gardening club which meets after school once a week, parents also participate in this working with the children, creating a bond between generations with knowledge and skills being imparted.
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