Xavier College students dressed to dig in


XAVIER College students are digging deep to help out locals in need – literally.

Students from the college will be getting together this year to help local residents revamp or set up a garden as part of their schooling.

The initiative follows last year’s gardening success, where students worked to design and set up a garden for a Habitat for Humanity house in Smithfield Plains.

Careers transition and flexible learning co-ordinator Jim Roberts said the initiative was about giving back to the community.

“It was good for the students, the students learned lots, they helped people out and they got some course work in as well,” he said.

“Social justice is a key plank for a school such as this.”

Last week students were outfitted with hi-visibility work uniforms, including pants, jacket, boots and gloves, courtesy of the Energy Education Australia Board, which they can wear on assignment.

Students will be able to don the new uniforms when they help a local mum with an autistic child manage her garden later this year.

“What we’re doing is we’re looking for future projects where we can help out,” Mr Roberts said.

Year 11 student Ryan Haldenby was among the eight students taking part in the Habitat for Humanity project last year.

He said he enjoyed the experience and hoped to be selected for this year’s gardening projects.

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