Hothouse to help grow kids’ interest in veggies

GROWING TOGETHER: Wangaratta District Specialist School students Brandon Johnson, Ben Frewen, and Mark Pirret are rapt with their new hothouse.

A HOTHOUSE is the latest addition to Wangaratta District Specialist School’s expanding campus.

WDSS teacher, Jack McNeilly, said the hothouse would provide for extended curriculum opportunities.

He said students had already learnt about recycling projects and had strengthened their teamwork through making a scarecrow.

“We can use the hothouse for maths, measuring stuff and teaching them about the environment,” Mr McNeilly said.

“We’ve already taught the kids about what you can compost and what you can’t.”

Mr McNeilly said the students had grown beans and pumpkins from seeds in the hothouse before transferring them to garden beds outside the structure.

“Now we’ve got tomatoes, basil, spring onions and carrots,” he said.

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