P&C's garden celebrates Tacking Point Public School's 20th anniversary

Looking good: Work on the Tacking Point Public School P&C Association's sensory garden and outdoor classroom is currently underway.
Looking good: Work on the Tacking Point Public School P&C Association's sensory garden and outdoor classroom is currently underway.

A sensory garden and outdoor classroom will add to the learning capabilities of students at Tacking Point Public School.

Work on the garden is currently underway.

P&C Association president, Glenys Rhodes, said the garden celebrates the school’s 20th anniversary.

”The P & C recommended a Paver Fundraiser to sell pavers to the families of the school both past and present to be included in a sensory garden as a living gift to all students past, present and future,” Ms Rhodes said.

“The P & C through various fundraising efforts has been able to provide further financial assistance to enable the hardscaping of the Garden to be undertaken. We are ever grateful to BNJ Landscaping who successfully tendered for the project and is currently undertaking hardscaping works.

“The sensory garden and outdoor classroom project aims to meet the needs of our school for 21st Century Learning, to be a sustainable resource and to use the physical site and available resources to their fullest.

“It aims to offer a place that enriches the teaching efforts of our school with powerful hands-on experiences that make learning come alive – connecting students to nature, life-long skills, achievement and behaviours.”

The project is a tangible project that we can shape over time – we look forward to achieving our vision and the result will be a garden and learning resource that keeps giving over time.

Gleynys Rhodes

The garden will include, A sensory trail constructed from various materials that is part of the larger pathway system with no dead ends and wide enough to accommodate wheelchair access; Outdoor seating and 20th Anniversary Paved area for our Outdoor Classroom – the area does not include tables as this would inhibit the creativity and flow of the garden; Outdoor musical instruments; Plants and elements that reflect, excite and develop the five senses, and Artwork and sculpture.

“In addition, we will be including spiral raised garden beds, dry creek bed using natural drainage on-site, weather stations and magnifying elements to see micro environments not to mention peepholes and insect hotels,” the P&C president said.

“The project is a tangible project that we can shape over time – we look forward to achieving our vision and the result will be a garden and learning resource that keeps giving over time.

“The sensory garden and outdoor classroom project has generated great support from local businesses recognising the value for outdoor learning opportunities. We greatly appreciate the support of Fast Plast Building Supplies and Tradelink Port Macquarie.”

Ms Rhodes said the works are a great opportunity for the community to be part of a truly unique partnership.

Anyone wanting to assist with donations or otherwise wanting to be involved with the garden is asked to contact the P & C via fundraising@tackingpointpandc.org.au, through the P & C’s Facebook page - Tacking Point Public School P & C or by visiting the website www.tackingpointpandc.org.au.

The Tacking Point Public School P & C Association is a Not-for-Profit organisation focussing on the needs of the children of Tacking Point Public School.