Richard Thomas Environmental Centre
In the 1990’s, members of the school community noticed that many of the Hoop Pines, in the “Forestry Plot” were dying. Several attempts were made to identify the problem, and save the trees. These were not successful, and the decision was made to harvest the remaining healthy trees, and reconsider how this area would be used.
After considerable community debate, it was decided to regenerate the area. Since 2002, over 5000 trees have been planted, the area has been reshaped to include a learning circle, and a natural water course, and extensive areas of weed and lantana have been cleared. The dam is stocked with fingerlings, in the ongoing development of this beautiful area of the school.
Designed with the intention as ongoing project for prep / year 1 and year 5 /6 buddies, this environment has developed into a secluded garden perfect for imaginative play. The contributions of the Mount Mee Garden Club and the Woodford Mens Shed have helped to enhance this little garden.
Herb and vegetable gardens
Forming an important part of our environmental sustainability education is our herb and vegetable gardens. This gardens were purpose built in 2011 and have seen a cycle of 9 very successful crops. The crops from these gardens are used for cooking in the classes.
Playgrounds and ovals
The school has a range of natural and constructed play areas for students to enjoy. Within the prep and year 1 area of the school, students can enjoy a putting green, playground, natural play area with many trees to explore, cubby house, sandpit, swings and woodwork construction. The year 2 to year 6 students also have the benefit of their own playground, sandpit and swing sets. The entire school has access to a marked out soccer oval, multi-purpose court, cricket nets and cricket oval.
Each of the four teaching classes are located in their own building providing classroom teachers the room to create effective learning environments. Each room is wirelessly connected and operates electronic whiteboards and a range of ICT devices.