DENMAN Public School (DPS) is thrilled to be the recipient of the 2019 Bengalla Apprenticeship Community Project.
Captains Jarryd Moore and Charli Bates met with the mining company's apprentices, Chris Scriven, Mitchell Locke and Cashlin Murray-Mell, for the announcement on Tuesday.
Every 12 months, the Bengalla third year trainees manage and undertake a community project within the Upper Hunter.
The purpose is to be involved in the community with programs for groups that can have a task on their premises or that will help build the future of the local area.
The other is to give the Bengalla apprentices the exposure of managing a project.
The DPS assignment will be completed on November 22 with employees from first to fourth year all involved to complete the mammoth undertaking.
After consultation with Denman Public School, third year apprentices Scriven, Locke and Murray-Mell began planning the project and resourcing materials under the guidance of members of the Bengalla Mine Maintenance team.
"It's fantastic to work collaboratively with Bengalla employees to ensure the project is a wonderful addition to our school," principal Megan Druitt said.
"We are passionate about creating an area in the school playground for our students to learn about sustainability, food production and environmental education.
"There is overwhelming evidence indicating the positive impact of school ecological areas on student health, education and awareness of the physical environment.
"The promotion of physical activity for all students, development of skills and abilities, active engagement of pupils in learning, a deeper understanding of healthy food choices, increased willingness to try new foods as well the enjoyment and pleasure that gardening brings are all benefits that the youngsters and staff of Denman Public School look forward to enjoying.
"Thank you to the generosity of the Bengalla Mining Company."