Winners! - School Garden to Plate competition

This spring I invited primary school students in the Dobell electorate to tell me “how to make eating fruit and veg more fun” to win prizes from programs by celebrity chefs Jamie Oliver and Stephanie Alexander for their schools.

Following the success of the inaugural Dobell “Kitchen Garden Classroom” competition in 2017, this year I held the “From School Garden to Plate” competition, encouraging students to learn about preparing the food they have grown.

Last year’s competition was to promote school gardens as an educational tool for children to learn about gardening and growing food, and this year the focus was more on what to do with that fresh food you have grown.

Congratulations to the 83 students from nine primary schools who entered – the quality of entries was outstanding. The tough job of judging was shared with Errol Grace, President of the Wyong District Garden Competition and Maddie Race from The Good Foundation.

I’m pleased to officially announce the winners of “From School Garden to Plate” 2018


Equal First prize: Ishika Jane Dass and Mikena Denham, of Toukley Public School. Who have won a “Jamie Oliver Learn Your Fruit and Veg” session, conducted by The Good Foundation for their class. In this lesson Toukley students will “get their hands messy and fingers sticky” as they learn about fresh, seasonal ingredients and prepare a meal.


Ishika Dass - 1st Prize


Mikena Denham - 1st Prize


Second prize:  Mervyn Preston of Gorokan Public School, has won a Stephanie Alexander Kitchen Garden Classroom Educator Pack for their school.

Mervyn Preston - 2nd Prize


Third prize: Mya McKissock of Warnervale Public School has won a Stephanie Alexander Getting Started Guide; both designed to help schools develop gardens and lessons around fresh food.

Mya McKissock - 3rd Prize


Due to popular demand a People’s Choice Award has been introduced this year and after tallying the 430 votes, the winner is Chelsea, Hannah, Saphyre and Will, of St Cecilia’s Primary School, Wyong.