The veggie challenge is ON at Good Shepherd College!
Year 7 students at Good Shepherd College are busy nurturing their patches this term as they vie for the title of champion of the second Veggie Patch Challenge.
The Veggie Patch challenge idea came about late in 2019, with last year’s year 7 cohort participating in the first ever challenge running throughout term 4. Students form groups and are delegated space in a garden bed to plant and care for their crops throughout the term before the best vegetables are judged and sold at a mini Vegetable Show and market stall at the end of term.
There are two year 7 classes at Good Shepherd, so one class does the Challenge in term 1 and the other does it in term 4. Co-ordinator Emma Weatherly says the students both last term and this term have been very engaged in the challenge, ‘students are very engaged in the competition’, she says, ‘They love the outdoor action learning, and good prizes from generous local businesses such as the Ladybug Nursery have been a great incentive.”. It’s not only students that are keen on seeing their seedlings grow to the greatest of heights, families are also on board with the challenge, ‘We have had parents delivering bags of sheep poo to school and students bringing in extra seeds from home to try and give their vegie patch an edge over other teams’, Emma said.
Good Shepherd have added the vegetable show and market stall to the end of the challenge period this year to celebrate the student’s efforts and crown challenge winners.
The team at Good Shepherd warmly welcomes any donations of prizes for the challenge from local businesses keen to support the students in building their knowledge and teamwork skills. If you can help, get in touch with Emma at [email protected] or contact the school on 5571 2595