Sensory garden unveiled at Ntsikana Primary in Daveyton

Owner of Plantcentric in Benoni Calvin Becker (right) tells Grade Seven learners at Ntsikana Primary School in Daveyton, Ayanda Mabandla (left,13) and Ntokozo Mbaleni (13) more about the plants in the “touch bed” in the school’s sensory garden. (Photo: Yolanda van der Stoep)

Peermont Community Benefit Trust (PCBT), a CSI initiative of Emperors Palace, recently created a sensory garden at Ntsikana Primary School in Daveyton.

Peermont Community Benefit Trust (PCBT), a CSI initiative of Emperors Palace, recently created a sensory garden at Ntsikana Primary School in Daveyton. Seen here is the Ntsikana Primary School deputy principal Noyangaphi Maqhina (left), Boniswa Nhlangothi (principal) and Peermont Community Benefit Trust (PCBT) manager Jenny Findlay cutting the ribbon to unveil the sensory garden. (Photo:Yolanda van der Stoep)

PCBT manager Jenny Findlay said while the garden has added to the greening of the school, the idea is that it can be used as a fun, educational tool.

“The garden is divided into four sections, namely taste, smell, touch and sound, which will allow learners to explore through their senses and learn about nature,” said Findlay.

Ntsikana Primary School Grade R learners Buhle Batman (left, 5) and Zintle Majola (5) are seen with their teacher Angeline Sicina at the sensory garden. (Photo: Yolanda van der Stoep)

“The garden creates a safe and developmentally appropriate outdoor learning environment with curriculum benefits, especially with regards to subjects like life sciences.”

The garden is suitable for all the learners from Grade R through to Grade Seven and has tables and benches where educators can conduct outdoor classes.

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Calvin Becker, owner of Plantcentric in Benoni, said they planted easy to grow plants that have interesting textures, striking colours, stimulating aromas, tasty leaves and flowers, with some also creating intriguing sounds.

Grade Seven learners of Ntsikana Primary School in Daveyton Ayanda Mabandla (left, 13) and Ntokozo Mbaleni (13) are seen with Calvin Becker, owner of Plantcentric in Benoni.

“The plants are also hardy and can withstand the children’s constant touch and other challenges experienced in keeping a primary school garden thriving,” said Becker.

Ntsikana Primary School is the second school where the PCBT have planted a sensory garden.

Findlay said more of these gardens will be established at selected schools in the local area.

“One of the main goals of the trust is to educate and empower learners, and these gardens are a fun, outdoor way to impart knowledge to children of all ages,” she said.

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