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School gardens get a facelift thanks to leaders

ACG Sunderland’s student leadership team have kicked off this year’s ‘Sunderland on Service’ project with a fundraiser to refresh the primary school gardens.

The aim of the project is to aesthetically improve the primary school’s patio area and engage the whole school in the project.

The new gardens will be looked after and maintained by the primary school.

Events are getting underway with a vege-themed Mufti Day on 10 March to fundraise for the garden expenses. Seniors students (years 11-13) will then spend a week clearing out the current garden patches and on 30 March, the whole school will put soil into the garden boxes and plant seeds after school.

The leaders have organized other activities to get everyone involved, including making yoghurt-pot-plants with the extra soil and sack races to get everyone involved.

Student leader Veronica Melody Semau said students will be able to walk away from the service knowing that they have done something good and beneficial for the school.

“We expect to have two great-looking gardens and for the entire student body to feel pleased and proud of their efforts. And we aim to make the day as fun and enjoyable as possible!”

Every year ACG Sunderland organises two service and two charity events. In 2016, the school washed police vehicles, had a fun day with the police force and made Starship letters as a way of giving back to our community.

Principal Nathan Villlars said he was excited about the development of the new gardens – and about what the school would gain from the project. “Service is one of the cornerstone characteristics of an ACG Sunderland student,” he said. “Our leaders from the Primary and College are always motivated to get the whole school working toward meaningful projects.”