Inspired by Stephanie Alexander......

The kitchen Garden Classroom at St Mary of the Cross in Point Cook , was inspired by Stephanie Alexander. It encourages Australian children  to develop positive food habits,  using a hands on approach to growing, harvesting, preparing and sharing food.  We try to stimulate the senses, develop healthy habits and feed hungry minds.  To find out more about the foundation that started it all  go to

After preparing our meals we focus on enjoying them together at a shared table.

Made real at
St Mary Of  the Cross...

The school's contemporary approach to education explores how children learn best.
The Kitchen Garden classroom can be intergrated into the curriculum and provides opportunities to reinforce literacy, numeracy, science, cultural studies and many aspects of environmental sustainability.
The Kitchen Garden Classroom has been welcomed by the learning community. 

100% Fresh

 According to Stephanie Alexander, this program tries to change children's attitude towards fresh food. It helps them develop an understanding and willingness to expand their horizons. It also helps them "understand what goes on in the garden and how that food has got on their plate, those insights and understandings will be there for life."  
- Stephanie Alexander

Michael will work with the students, in the garden to grow and harvest fresh, seasonal vegetables that we can then prepare and share in the kitchen. 



The recipes we use are obtained from a number of different sources. Where possible we acknowledge the owners. However, some recipes have been passed onto us with no information of the original owner.

Cooking with


Cooking with

Basics and Breads



If you have a favourite recipe you think the students will enjoy, send it through. We would love to try it.

Much more



'How do you open a banana?"


"My apron is broken. It doesn't have two holes for the arms!"

"How do I put my dress on?"

"How do you open a banana?"

"Mint is hot!"

"Don't leave a banana in the oven. It will explode."

"What does celery look like?"

"I have good scraping luck." - Referring to the grater.

"Are they carrots?" - Pointing to the lentils.
How you can help.
Gina is crazy about cooking but can't do it all alone. The more adult hands and eyes we have to supervise in the kitchen,  the more adventerous we can get. Enchancing the learning experience for our children.

Michael is crazy about gardening but he could always use extra green thumbs.

So check your diaries and come and help the children.

Come join the fun!

Timetable Term 4

Don't forget, we NEED you to make this program work. Please volunteer and spend time in the kitchen with us.
About Gina
About Michael

I was insired by the program because it was real.
I am passionate about the opportunities it  can provide and the life long lessons it can teach the children.
Sharing a meal is the most rewarding experience.

My passion for gardening has developed over many years. I work in my son's gardening business on non teaching days. The school garden provides the opportunity for students to create the garden, begin the food cycle and nuture plants until they are ready for harvesting. 

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