Costa Georgiadis pictured at The Star Casino for the 61st Tv Week Logie Awards, Gold Coast, 30th of June 2019.  Costa won the Most Popular Presenter and Gardening Australia won Most Popular Lifestyle Program.  (AAP Image/Josh Woning)
Costa Georgiadis pictured at The Star Casino for the 61st Tv Week Logie Awards, Gold Coast, 30th of June 2019. Costa won the Most Popular Presenter and Gardening Australia won Most Popular Lifestyle Program. (AAP Image/Josh Woning) AAP - Josh Woning

Costa Georgiadis visits Biloela

STUDENTS at Biloela's Redeemer Lutheran College are partnering with the ABC's Costa Georgiadis, host of Gardening Australia and a 2019 Gold Logie nominee, to present an evening titled 'Let us Serve You' on August 2.

The Year 7, 8 and 9 students have been taking part in an entrepreneurial, project-based learning subject, investigating the notion of what service means in our local community.

Leah Brosnan teaches the subject, now in its second year.

CONSTRUCTING COMMUNITY: Redeemer Lutheran College students map out the community garden.
CONSTRUCTING COMMUNITY: Redeemer Lutheran College students map out the community garden. Contributed

She said students began by constructing a community garden at the college.

The concept then branched out to include "what is service and who serves and what does that really mean?”.

Mrs Brosnan said students had begun volunteering at various clubs and organisations, including the local men's shed, PCYC, Wahroonga Retirement Village, St Vincent de Paul, the rugby union club, and with the show society - to help them understand the significance of 'service' in a community.

Costa - a landscape architect with a passion for plants and people - believes in embracing mother nature's cycles and seasons and his holistic approach is about "gardening the soil and the soul”.

"The students specifically sought Costa out due to his engaging personality and like-minded passion for sustainable practices that build community,” Mrs Brosnan said.

"Costa will partner with the students to showcase their learnings and deliver the keynote message.”

She said that by helping out at local clubs and service organisations, students had learned how they could contribute to their community and how connections could be built.

"The kids and the clubs have all got something out of it. And it's inspiring them to want to initiate their own projects as well.”

Mrs Brosnan said students were motivated to think about how to create community connections moving forward into the future.

"Some kids want to go to sporting home games now, regardless of whether they're a member of the club, and some are building their skills as referees knowing that more referees are needed.

"Other people are learning about how wasteful we are as a society. They're working out what are the needs in our society are - it could be about offering our time, or offering fresh vegetables from our garden.”

The 'Let us Serve You' exhibition night, from 5pm-9pm on August 2, will include a three-course meal, entertainment and Costa Georgiadis as guest speaker.

Tickets are $45 and are available from https://www .trybooking.com/BDMNB


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