Nestle Blacktown and Conservation Volunteers Australia (CVA) joined forces in 2016 to run the Nestle Nature’s Classrooms Program. The program was designed to connect the Blacktown facility in Sydney to its local community through supporting local schools in establishing green learning spaces.
With the support of Nestle, CVA has assisted schools in delivering projects that have long been on their wish list but for which they haven’t had the resources or expertise to complete. This project has engaged Nestle employees along with community volunteers in support of Blacktown North Public School and Blacktown West Public School with students and teachers also enjoying the opportunity to create something significant for their school community.
Blacktown North Public School is a diverse school community with 180 students representing 20 nations and 35 different languages. The school had begun work on a community garden but was having difficulty completing the project due to limited budget for materials and works. With the support of the Nestle Nature’s Classrooms Program, 25 volunteers delivered six garden beds filled with soil and plants, created a fun painted herb tyre garden, weeded and mulched the existing fruit grove, planted trees, repainted the fence and established two garden beds with native plantings. The project received overwhelmingly positive feedback and the school now enjoys a meaningful space for students to learn about sustainability and the natural environment.
“A job well done… it’s such a wonderful project.” – Carmen Cefai, Principal
Blacktown West Public School educates over 430 students from diverse cultural backgrounds. The main languages spoken are Samoan, Hindi, Arabic, Mandarin and Cantonese. The school had an interest in establishing a vegetable garden which could be used to engage students in learning about food, healthy living and sustainability. Volunteers joined students and teachers in establishing just that, clearing the existing area and establishing garden beds fitted with lattice and arches, a sprinkler system, plants and mulch with a pine park pathway to complete the area. Students prepared food from different cultures for lunch on the final day to thank volunteers and celebrate project completion.
“Very worthwhile and the kids loved it!” – Alex Ayoub, Support Teacher
If your organisation would like to explore opportunities to partner with Conservation Volunteers Australia, please contact our partnership team.