Joel Kiley, Dan Kiley, Mikhaela Webb, Reilly King, Maddy Creed, Nicole Rush and Liam Byrnes.
Joel Kiley, Dan Kiley, Mikhaela Webb, Reilly King, Maddy Creed, Nicole Rush and Liam Byrnes. Georja Ryan

Sweet taste of success

WARWICK State High School special education students have pulled out their green thumbs this year, and are the proud owners of a new garden - the best part it's edible.

Students have spent the past two terms building and planting a raised vegetable garden and now they are reaping the rewards.

Acting head of special education services Anne Walker said the vegetable garden was good for the students' development.

"They get so much out of it, the students planted it, water it and look after it and then get to cook the produce," Ms Walker said.

"They chose to grow spinach and last week we cooked spinach frittatas.

"They get to see it from go to woe," she said.

The garden was made possible with a Queensland Health grant and Warwick Hospital program manager for Healthy Lifestyle Nick Whittle said the initiative was to get the kids outdoors and enjoying nature. "It gets them to be active and has the benefits of eating their produce," Mr Whittle said.

Student and veggie-enthusiast Liam Byrnes said he enjoyed the new garden, especially the eating part.

"(I like) the veggies and eating them," Liam said.

The special education students are also looking forward to their school camp in March, which was also made possible by the Warwick community.

"We had a lot of community organisations, private individuals and businesses donate money and we want to thank them for their help," Ms Walker said.

"It afforded them an opportunity to do something they wouldn't have been able to do and the camp will give them a degree of independence, being away from Mum and Dad and that home environment."

So far 30 students have signed up for the three-day camp at Camp Warrawee in Brisbane.

Here, they will practice team-building activities, go fishing, swimming, Tenpin bowling and even put on their dancing shoes at a disco.

One camp attendee, Mikhaela Webb, said she could not wait to go on camp.

They get so much out of it, the students planted it, water it and look after it.


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