THE weather did not oblige but the community support was obvious when judges arrived yesterday to decide whether Woolsthorpe Primary School has the best school garden in the state.
Principal Simon Perry said about 50 members of the school’s community joined pupils to welcome the judges when they arrived by helicopter.
Mr Perry said it rained throughout the judges’ 40-minute visit but they still got to see the garden’s many facets.
They were particularly impressed with the school’s kitchen garden that grows produce to be cooked by pupils, and the extent of community involvement in the garden, he said.
The school hoped the judges’ taste buds would work in its favour when pupils served them mini-quiches they made with leeks grown in the kitchen garden.
Pupils escorted the judges around the garden, and spoke about its various areas that include native plants, a war memorial section and a pen for chickens and ducks.
The school was presented with its award for winning the Barwon South West section of the award during the judges’ visit and will send a delegation of pupils and teachers to Melbourne on November 29 to find out if it has won the overall state title.
Woolsthorpe is in the running with 12 other schools from throughout Victoria for the award.