If you’re one of the many educators in the ACT, it’s your turn to become the student, except this time, there’s a glass or two of wine involved.
Make sure you mark Friday, 9 August in your diary for a Teachers’ Wine Night at Pialligo Estate Garden Pavilions from 4 pm, part of the program run by The Possum Patch.
The Possum Patch launched a school holiday program in July where kids aged 4-12 years could learn about farm produce through a facilitated program run by their educators. Now, The Possum Patch is expanding its services and offering school excursions.
The programs link with the Australian Curriculum and Early Years Learning Framework in areas of science, sustainability, literacy, numeracy and health education.
Claire Northfield coordinates The Possum Patch tours and says it was an obvious choice to offer an experience for teachers as well as students.
“The idea of our Teachers’ Wine Night is that teachers can come straight from work, enjoy a glass of sparkling on arrival, be treated to a sunset farm tour at approximately 4:45 pm, and then spend the rest of the evening at our Garden Pavilions networking and socialising with other educators. There will be a grazing table to share too.
“The wine night for ACT educators is a great way to network with like-minded professionals and to enjoy Pialligo Estate for yourselves.”
The school excursions are a unique way to offer school classes a holistic view of food production, including farm tours on golf buggies to visit the market garden and orchard, as well as the opportunity to pick fresh produce and learn how to use it in cooking.
There are also opportunities to ‘meet and greet’ with professionals such as market gardeners, horticulturalists, Estate chefs, the Smokehouse manager and more.
The programs are developed by The Possum Patch and teachers after initial discussions. Teachers can send an enquiry via The Possum Patch website, outlining their questions or what they would like children to get from the excursion. A member of the team will then discuss the needs of the group attending and design an educational program to meet these needs.
“We take into account the classes’ current units and interests to develop an individualised program for that group,” says Claire.
All excursions align with the National Curriculum and the Early Years Learning Framework so teachers and parents can be assured that the learning is relevant and consistent with school-based education.
Excursions can be booked at any time of the year, ranging in price from $10-$25 per child depending on what is included in the final program. The Possum Patch offers programs for Long Day Care Services, Family Day Care, Vacation Care services as well as Primary Schools.
A highlight of the day is the farm tour where children are taken on farm buggies to pick their own produce and ask questions of the Estate’s market gardener, Peter Anderson.
The teachers’ wine night is a free event, though you will need to register your interest in advance by sending an email with your full name and company/school name to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Possum Patch is a further addition to Pialligo Estate’s suite of family programs and is situated on Beltana Road, Pialligo. Bookings are currently being taken through the website. Get in quickly to secure your booking via www.thepossumpatch.com.au.