Sensory garden officially opened at Gundagai South

Cutting the ribbon to open the sensory garden at Gundagai South Public School is Steph Cooke MP with school leaders Maia Jones, Mackena Hourn and Hayden Crossley and principal Pip McAlister.

Gundagai South Public School has an amazing new space to play, learn or just quietly reflect, with the opening of the school’s sensory garden on the last day of the school year last Thursday.

Principal Pip McAlister thanked Member for Cootamundra Steph Cooke for facilitating a $60,000 grant through the Stronger Country Communities Fund to establish the garden.

“This project has probably been inside my head for about five years. The initial ideas flow very easily, but it’s actually getting the implementation and the in-practice happening, that’s the harder part,” Mrs McAlister said.

“I think that it is a beautiful space. Of course, it’s not finished, I don’t think we’ll ever be finished working on the space. There’s still plenty do that we are planning.”

Ms Cooke said from her initial viewing of the drawings that Mrs McAlister had produced of her image of the garden, she knew the garden would be something special. 

“Straight away I was hooked, I knew we had to do this,” Ms Cooke said.

“I can’t wait to see more of the garden develop over time. There’s no rush because we all know a garden is never finished, it’s always in a state of flux, and I can’t wait to come back and see what develops.

“I have been to 80 schools and there’s no garden like this, so what you have here is really special and I hope you enjoy it for a long time to come.”

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