Charleville Plus More’s Zac Fitzgerald caught up with Charleville State High School Principal Marcus Jones to find out about the Harmony Garden unveiled at CSHS during NAIDOC week.
Can you tell us about the Harmony Garden?
We had the opening of the Harmony Garden. It’s a program that’s been about 10 months in the making.
We were giving a grant from South West NRM to provide an indigenous community garden and our students have created that garden for us and the finished result was amazing.
Yesterday we got to open it as part of the Charleville NAIDOC celebrations, we had the community and local elders here and all of our students, it was a really nice touch for CSHS to celebrate NAIDOC.
Why do you think it’s important to have this harmony garden not only in CSHS but also the Charleville community?
The harmony garden tells a bit of a story about the Bidjara people, the local traditional owners. I think it’s important that our students understand the local culture.
It is also a place where the community can come and have conversation and get a taste of whats on offer.
We have plants from Mt. Tabor in this garden, there’s more plants to come but some of the plants that we have here are not found anywhere else but Mt. Tabor.
What plants have been brought down from Mt. Tabor?
I don’t know all the names, but we had Keelen Mailman down, but there is a couple I know of.
There’s a Gumby Gumby which is a traditional plant, a couple of tree ferns, a few wattles and native grasses.
We’re also in discussion to bring down some native ground cover as well to help with the garden.
Why was it important for the students to get behind this garden?
This is the students garden. They’ve created it all, they’ve done all the work. Every bit of work you see here has been done by the students and our certificate 1 construction class.
It also served as an opportunity for them to get some competencies & some real life hands on application & also some experience with working with other people in the community.