In February 2017, our Kardinia Grove Year 5 Campus was officially opened by our Board Chair, Mr Yoshihisa Katsumata. This purpose-built campus sits on approximately 30 acres of farm land just minutes from our main campus at Bell Post Hill.
The Kardinia Grove experience gives our students a unique opportunity to develop self by engaging in authentic, place-based learning experiences that are both sustainable and community-minded. We believe that this campus is an exceptional setting for personal, environmental and community growth. We believe that our learners are making a change to create change.
With permaculture as an underlying principal of this farm-type environment, students inquire into environmental issues that are authentic and relevant to them both now and in the future.
With a focus on developing self, students grow in character and gain a deeper understanding of the importance of being community minded and working towards common goals.
Students have the ability to learn from their surroundings in many ways. The building itself has the capacity to log a range of data, such as electricity and water usage, that can be monitored by the students. Recycled water is used to irrigate an orchard, with solar panels and a wind turbine providing green energy to the site. Students are responsible for making decisions about, and caring for various animals, some of which include chickens, sheep, cows and goats.
Watch the Kardinia Grove launch video.