STEPHANIE ALEXANDER KITCHEN GARDEN PROGRAM (SAKGP)
Viewbank Primary School is proud to have been part of the Stephanie Alexander Kitchen Program since 2015.
The SAKGP aims to teach Australian children positive food habits through fun, hands-on learning as they grow, harvest, prepare and share delicious and healthy food. This program is an integral part of our school as it allows for parents, volunteers, students and teachers to work together in order to create a more sustainable future in the form of pleasurable, food education.
Viewbank Primary School delivers regular kitchen and garden classes to Year 3 and 4 students. These students spend structured time in a productive veggie garden and home-style kitchen as part of their everyday school experience. Our Kitchen and Garden Specialists deliver lessons in which children work in small groups with adult supervision. During this time, they learn skills that will last them a lifetime and discover just how much fun it is to grow and cook their own seasonal vegetables and fruits.
The program is scheduled on Tuesdays and Wednesdays. Of course, volunteers are essential to the success of the program, so we are always looking for anybody willing to work with a small group, in the kitchen or garden. You do not need to be a ‘masterchef’ or have a green thumb! Enthusiasm is the only requirement. If you are interested in volunteering, please complete the Volunteer Information form and return it to the school office. Once you have completed the form please book in to volunteer via one of the program staff.
* A free ‘Working with Children’ Check is required for all volunteers and this can be organized through your local post office or online at workingwithchildren.vic.gov.au
Donations are needed for garden decorations. Items such as wooden spoons, plastic plates, forks spoons, items for scarecrow building (stakes, hay, socks, buttons, stakes), black plastic etc.
Volunteers are also needed to help tend to our chickens. Please contact Dani our garden specialist to join the chicken roster.
Chris Andreou – Kitchen Specialist
Dani King – Garden Specialist
Paige Deery – Program Coordinator (Year 3)
Meredith Collins – Program Coordinator (Year 4)
Year 3 & 4 Classroom Teachers
If you would like more information about the program please visit Kitchen Garden Foundation or contact your class teacher..