Thursday, October 28, 2010

Parramatta Learning Community for Sustainability meeting - 2

On a sparkling spring day on 8 September representatives from thirteen schools met in the new school hall, at St Francis of Assisi Primary Glendenning for the second LCfS meeting. Cheryl Boyle (Learning Support Teacher) invited the visitors to see the Kitchen Garden and told the story of how, “From Little Things Big Things Grow”
A delicious morning tea was prepared by the students with the help of the Learning Support team. “Schoolmade” lemonade with mint leaf ice blocks, strawberries dipped in chocolate, mini quiches with parsley and pumpkin soup, were among the specialties on offer. These were labeled with the core ingredients which students had used from the Kitchen Garden.
Guest speakers were Jacqueline Remond, National Director of Catholic Earthcare Australia and Zhan Patterson, Sustainable Resources Engagement Officer - Blacktown City Council. Jacqui began formation work for ASSISI (A Strategic Systems based Integrated Sustainability Initiative) by presenting Module 1: Awakening, which asks the question: “What is your relationship with God’s Creation?”
Zhan presented a brief overview of Sustainability Education and posed the question: “What does this mean for educators?” Each school was given the opportunity to share what is happening at their school and topics ranged from Kitchen Gardens (focusing on a Naturalistic Approach to Language) to Waste Free Wednesdays, to plans for Wetlands and Olive Groves!
Resources, helpful websites and photos provided inspiration for how to start when making an “All Things Green” school.
The next meeting will be held at St Bernadette’s Primary Lalor Park on Wednesday 24 November, with morning tea being served at 11am, followed by the meeting, 11.30 – 1.30pm …… all welcome! Jacqui and Zhan will again be presenting …. for more information please contact Clare Maloney – Itinerant Teacher: Communication, on 0410 220 245 or email


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