Berwick Fields Primary School

Ms GRALEY (Narre Warren South) — My adjournment matter is for the Minister for Education, who is in the house, and concerns Berwick Fields Primary School. The action I seek is that the minister visit Berwick Fields Primary School to discuss the Andrews Labor government’s commitment to build an Eco Cubby.

This is an outstanding local school, which prides itself on its commitment to caring for our environment and promoting sustainability. In fact, learning about the environment was identified as a key priority during the school’s establishment and remains an important part of what it does each and every day. Each week students take part in environment education classes or get cooking in their amazing Stephanie Alexander kitchen garden. They always have delicious meals on offer. Students can also take part in the animal carers and enviro squad programs. Put simply, this is a school that cares about the environment and teaches our young people about the importance of caring for our planet.

The school community was thrilled when I had the pleasure of announcing that an Andrews Labor government would provide $100 000 to build an Eco Cubby. This is a fantastic concept that will highlight sustainable building design and provide an innovative and exciting place for students to learn about the environment. The school has already undertaken significant and detailed planning and design work on this unique learning space. Students even had the chance to get involved and help design their newest and most exciting learning space. I have seen some of the proposed designs, and they look spectacular. The construction of the Eco Cubby will be based on sustainable environmental practices, and recycled materials will be used.

The school is also planning on working with students and staff at Chisholm Institute of TAFE’s Berwick Technical Education Centre. This ongoing and very successful partnership helped to deliver their wonderful Stephanie Alexander kitchen garden.

I know that the school community, especially the students, are very excited to finally see their Eco Cubby built. The principal and staff would greatly appreciate the opportunity to discuss getting this exciting project up and running as soon as possible. It is a fantastic project, one of the many great projects that will ensure that Victoria grows to become the education state. I know the minister will have a great time if he comes to Berwick Fields Primary School. We will get the students cooking for him. I am sure they will have some muffins ready, so I hope he takes some time out of his very busy schedule and meets with the extraordinary team of teachers, staff and parents at Berwick Fields Primary School.