Mt Gravatt State School Receives Grant For New Greenhouse

Mt Gravatt State School recently received funds to convert unused cricket nets into a Shade House.

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This new greenhouse will serve as the newest addition to the student gardens in the school, which also has a Bush Tucker Garden and a Gardening Club.

On 5 June 2021, in time for World Environment Day, Federal Member for Bonner Ross Vasta MP personally came to congratulate the students, hoping that the funding from the Stronger Communities Program would help in teaching them practical habits to better take care of the environment. 

“Thanks to the Morrison Government’s Stronger Communities Program, we have delivered an incredible $8,058 to Mt Gravatt State School to aid their valuable work in educating students on gardening and how to leave a green mark on our environment,” Mr Vasta said.

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From left to right: Federal Member for Bonner Ross Vasta, Head of Curriculum Bill Hazlewood, Master Teacher Mrs Kelly Reynolds and Principal Jenny Watson
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Ms Jenny Watson, school principal at Mt Gravatt State School shared that they have been able to convert the old cricket nets into a wonderful shade house where the kids can get really involved in gardening. 

“Through the help of our grounds person we’ve been able to get the kids involved planting, which has really helped our school community,” Ms Watson said.

New Senior Playground on the Way for Wishart State School

Wishart State School will soon have its own all-inclusive playground for years 4, 5, and 6 after the re-elected Morrison Government announced earlier this month that it will provide $350,000 for the project.

The playground will feature bushfood, trees, climbing and balancing equipment and it will incorporate the natural landscape and build on the already established playground.

This all-abilities playground, which will also be the first senior playground in the school,  will come up with specialty equipments for the students with special needs.

Federal Member for Bonner Ross Vasta said the rapidly growing school is in need of another playground on site and this funding will enable them to build its very first senior playground.

“In the past few years the enrolment numbers have increased by more than 200 students and this playground is desperately needed to cope with the additional intake and the growing senior years,” Mr Vasta said.

Mr Vasta said delivering this playground for the school and its community is a key priority for the LNP because of the significant benefits that it will provide to the school community and local community and sporting groups.

In their 2017 annual report, Wishart State School noted that  their nature-based playground for the Junior School is a combined effort of the Parents and Citizens Association and the school. Wishart OSHC also helped in refurbishing the Junior Playground.