- Grape vines
- Olive grove
- Animals: Chickens, Sheep, Goats etc …
- A dam
- Vegetable garden
Some of the challenges faced include:
- Designing prototypes
- Organising materials
- Budgeting based on costs and materials
- Foxes and birds,
- Watering: drought, drainage and testing different solutions
- Preparing the soil, maintaining the soil
- Weeds and blackberries.
- Animal life cycles
- Snakes and living with nature
Focus of the outdoor education is on engaging with living science exploring the volcanic heritage of the area, technology to understand the soil composition, inquiry into growing produce, purposeful writing to support the learning, and capabilities associated with working collaborative. One of the keys to all this is integrating units of work with what is happening at the time. The question they continually come back to is, what in our environment allows us to engage further? An example is the increase in blackberries or the loss of a grape harvest to birds.
Community and Industry Partnerships
Another element to all this is the engagement with the community. This has come in the form of parents helping out, as well as with organisations such as Western Water, PowerCorp and Cobram Estate with community engagement.
In the end, this has worked because it is not an activity that you pack up and put away.