Grow to Know
Established in 1945, Hazelbrook Public School is situated in a world heritage area of the Greater Blue Mountains, 93 kilometres west of Sydney. It caters for kindergarten up until Year 6 where enrolment is currently 348 students.
The school delivers dynamic learning opportunities for each and every student in an inclusive environment where dedicated art programs, positive behaviour for learning, sport, band, choir, chess, coding, STEAM, debating and dance enrich and extend physical, creative and critical thinking and wellbeing. The school motto is “Grow to Know” where high achievement and engagement in learning is promoted and students are encouraged to be ‘respectful, responsible learners’.
Not every school can claim they have their own greenhouse…
Hazelbrook Public School’s greenhouse was made entirely possible through funds raised by previous Garden Festivals organised through the school’s P&C Committee. It was built with the purpose of propagating plants as a way to meet the ongoing fundraising needs of the school.
Plants propagated here are done entirely by volunteers – parents, grandparents, members of the local community who just want to lend a green thumb. Plant stalls are held at various times of the year to coincide with events on the school calendar but are primarily sold at the annual Garden Festival.
The Festival’s fundraising efforts have made a number of P&C Committee initiatives possible. They include the school’s main playground Bunmarra, the multi-purpose sports courts, the ‘Sharing Knowledge’ circle and garden that connects students to our Indigenous history, as well as classroom environment improvements like air conditioning and block out blinds.
This year, funds raised will go towards a nature playground that further develops existing outdoor areas to harness student creativity, health and well-being as well as instilling responsibility, love and respect for our natural environment through play.