The rice fields of Teven Tintenbar

Teven Tintenbar School children (l to r) Evelyn Johnston, Jessica Haunstein and Nathan Williams at the schools rice paddy, which was visited yesterday by an international education expert.

Teven Tintenbar Schools rice growing project has attracted international attention.

Visiting education expert Professor Janet McVittie from the University of Saskatchewan, Canada, visited the school yesterday, Wednesday, to study the project.

Teven Tintenbar School has been growing rice since 1996 and has received numerous awards for innovative teaching techniques over the years.

Professor McVittie has put together a number of curriculum resources for teachers who want to introduce ecology and environmental awareness in the classroom. She has a particular interest in Learnscapes an environment created for learning.

Each year Teven Tintenbar students gain hands on experience growing rice. Last month the students flooded the site and then prepared it by squelching their feet in the mud to create a smooth muddy mixture ready for planting.

Today the paddy is filled with rice plants and each day the students check the water level and chart the plants growth in preparation for harvest day.

School Principal, Keith Scott said it gave children an understanding of where food comes from and what is involved in growing it.

The students compare rice growing in Indonesia, Australia and Teven Tintenbar to understand how the technique for growing the same crop varies depending on where it is grown.

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