Canterbury’s Years 5-6 Spark Program – GREEN THUMBS: GARDENING & PLANT PROPAGATION


Some simple facts:

  • Climate Change is here and plants are a key part of the solution.
  • Cost Of Living increases are here to stay.
  • Everyone wants to cook well using fresh ingredients.
  • Beautiful landscaping and the desire to fill our homes with plants is ‘on trend’.
  • Humans in the western world have finally embraced ‘mindfulness’.
  • A great place to learn and practise mindfulness is in the garden.

Students will learn gardening skills and plant propagation techniques, giving them a ‘green thumb’ and welcoming them to the leisurely productive world of self-sufficiency.

They will grow their own food and propagate their own plants, including those for a multi-plant pot they can take home!


Join us for the…

2023 Semester 2 Junior School Spark Learning Expo | 11:30am – 1:30pm, Wednesday 15 November | Canterbury Events Centre (CEC).

We invite you to explore the displays and presentations created by our upper Junior School students throughout Semester 2 this year in their Spark Classes.


What is SPARK?

SPARK is an elective-based ‘hands-on’ curriculum for Years 5 and 6 students that is unique to Canterbury.

Each semester our students choose a special subject to study.

Then students from both year levels are combined into the same classroom and taught by relevant staff.

SPARK is about building curiosity, encouraging students to try something new, and providing an exceptional opportunity for them to embark on their own learning journey, as part of their ‘World Ready’ Canterbury education.

When does SPARK occur?

SPARK happens once per week, with students encouraged to continue their learning beyond the classroom.

How does SPARK link to the curriculum?

SPARK focuses on the Australian Curriculum’s general capabilities, looking at critical and creative thinking, personal and social capability, ethical understanding and intercultural understanding.

How can I see my child’s learning?

The Junior School hosts a learning exhibition at the end of each semester, where all students will have something to exhibit based on their SPARK sessions.