FRUITY: Ballandean students were dressed to impress as they took part in the Apple and Grape Festival Grand Parade.
FRUITY: Ballandean students were dressed to impress as they took part in the Apple and Grape Festival Grand Parade. Shane Andersen

Students learn new skills in time for festival fun

THERE has been a lot happening this term at Ballandean State School.

Not only is there a new principal and new students, but also new gardens, new chooks and a float.

This year we welcomed Susan Evans as our new permanent principal.

Susan is an active member of the Granite Belt community and brings with her a passion, an enthusiasm and an enjoyment of teaching and learning and ensuring all kids achieve their potential.

The Apple and Grape Harvest Festival provided our students with a fantastic opportunity to develop their design and technology skills.

All of our students were involved in the planning, designing and making for our entry in the grand parade.

Students worked together in teams to create concept designs, and make costumes and decorations for our float.

Everyone worked hard, had lots of fun and learnt a lot of new skills.

This term we have also designed and planted an edible garden to link with our science work.

We cleared an ornamental garden at the school entrance and planned an edible vegetable garden using information about which vegetables grow in which seasons.

We then learnt about companion planting and selected plants that grow well together.

A decorative rusty windmill also added impact to our school's front entrance.