From garden to plate: veggies galore at St Dominic’s Mayfield

On Wednesday 5 April, Years 7 to 10 from St Dominic’s Centre, Mayfield, harvested their spectacular vegetable garden. 

Watching the garden grow for 8 weeks, students were amazed how quickly seedlings can transform to sprouts to edible veggies on a plate.

As part of their Technology and Applied studies (TAS) and Agricultural studies subjects, students worked together with their teachers, Simon Watt and Aidan Bourke, to grow the vegetables for their ‘vegetable enterprise’ unit of work.

Learning the valuable skills about tool safety and maintenance, preparing the soil, planting the seedlings, weeding the garden, fertilizing the vegetables, marketing and harvesting, the students showed strong teamwork skills and commitment to their garden.

After researching a wide variety of vegetables, the students narrowed their decision down to one factor – the timeframe. Depending how long it takes for each veggie to grow was the deciding factor where students chose suitable varieties for the season and climate.

With a colourful selection of delicious vegetables on the table, students were proud to sell their cucumbers, lettuce, spinach, radishes and carrots to the St Dominic’s community where the money raised will go to Project Compassion. 

“St Dominic’s have always had a strong tradition of growing beautiful and practical gardens that students can engage with and learn from. It is important for the students to experience food production hands-on where they can place themselves in the famers shoes and get a taste of real life experiences.

“It is a special opportunity for the students to work together where they learn that hard work, nurturing and persistence can lead to great things in life”, said Teacher, Simon Watt.

School Principal, Veronica McLoughlin said, “Our students are given opportunities within our school structures to build their skills so that they are confident and comfortable as young people in our world.

“The importance of strong community links is integral for any educational setting however it is even more so in a specialised setting. The goal for graduates of St Dominic’s is to be able to valuably contribute to the wider community in a post-school world.

“Our team recognises the importance of these skills and are committed to continually improve outcomes for our students.”

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Gabrielle Sutherland is a Marketing & Communications Officer for the Catholic Schools Office and a regular contributor to and Aurora.