Rosebud Meditation Garden Opened

After a year of planning and preparation, the Padua Meditation Garden was opened Tuesday 20 November at the Rosebud Campus.  The College Head of Learning and Teaching, Mrs Kelly McGurn and Head of Campus Mr Wayne Smith cut the ribbon. The Garden was a project undertaken by the Year 10 Applied Learning Religious Education class. Planning for the project began way back in February, with construction beginning in September of this year.

The key feature of the Garden is a Labyrinth. Developing the concept and design of the Labyrinth took up most of the hard work for the team. The students had to barrow in about eight cubic metres of crushed rock and topping. They also had to design and build the path. This was made out of donated pavers and some very special handmade blocks.

Thank you also to the Year 9 students who assisted with landscaping around the Labyrinth. This was done during the Aspire9 Focus weeks.

At Tuesday’s opening each of the students shared details about the journey. They spoke with enthusiasm and pride in their accomplishment. As Mr Smith said, “this garden will be a lasting legacy to their achievement.” He urged the students to return to the campus before they complete Year 12 and then after their years at Padua to walk the Labyrinth as a reminder of what they achieved and what they have given to the community.

As their teacher, words cannot express the pride I felt journeying with the students culminating in their speeches at the opening. These students have created something very special and it has been my privilege to share this pilgrimage with them.

Peter O'Halloran
Rosebud Faith Coordinator