Volume 21, Issue 3, August 2011, of The Literature Base is worth a look! Half the journal is given over to Gardens & Gardening - a unit of work by Kevin Steinberger.
Gardens as Setting, Gardens in Fantasy, The Science of Gardens, Gardens in Other Cultures and Cross-Curriculum Activities. There is a selection of Gardening-Themed Books and a Reference list of books and websites. The Learning Exchange has a copy of this issue and some schools already subscribe to the journal.
Friday, November 26, 2010
Thursday, November 25, 2010
Anna and the Sheep
On an extremely cold windy day in October 2008, Anna who was in Kindergarten, chose to leave the warmth of Nano Cottage where the Language Group students were working and ventured out to see the sheep, in the adjoining paddock at Nagle College farm.The sheep usually run off when the students come near but this one particular, recently shorn sheep, was drawn to Anna's gentle and kind manner. Anna was oblivious to being filmed and it seemed a shame to interrupt the special moment, but as it was freezing cold, she was encouraged inside, much to the disappointment of Anna and the sheep!
Friday, November 19, 2010
Planting 200 trees and shrubs at St Michael’s Primary Blacktown South with Greening Australia
David Warren – Technical Specialist – Seed from Greening Australia visited St Michael’s on 25 August to complete Part 2 of a project which began on 21 July with a visit and barbeque to Ropes Creek Nursery at Oxley Park. St Michael’s was one of five schools chosen to participate in the opportunity and receive the 200 plus plants.
Students from the Nano Cottage Language Groups along with 3G – Miss Charlotte Gourlie’s class and some Year 6 volunteers, enthusiastically found the holes which David had dug with the auger, planted trees and shrubs, placed cardboard protection at the base of the plants and placed guards around them.
Now the fun part of watering them regularly has begun, using watering cans and a very long hose! This project enables students to improve their practical language skills, through following instructions and problem solving. Oral language skills which enhance memory and vocabulary are also developed in a natural setting and all the while the school is being beautified! As Opia expressed, “I love helping to save the environment!”
Charlotte Goulie – 3G & Clare Maloney: Itinerant Teacher – Communication
Thursday, November 18, 2010
Wednesday, November 17, 2010
PH.D., senior fellow,science and religion, Woodstock Theological Center
Tuesday, November 16, 2010
Sunday, November 14, 2010
Carrot Pasta and Jack-O-Lanterns with the help of volunteers. Students followed the 7 steps necessary to create the lanterns and read the ingredients and method needed to make the pasta. A party like atmosphere ensured as students enjoyed the food and the lights were turned out as the lanterns were lit!
Thursday, November 11, 2010
Six new garden beds have been constructed at the rear of the new hall at St Francis of Assisi Primary Glendenning. Students have helped to spread composted soil in the beds, a result of collecting scraps from "Fruit Break", which happens each day at 10am. Worm farms are also producing juice which is being used to nourish the original Kitchen Garden!
Nano’s Nature Nurturers
Meeting held at Nano Cottage - St Michael’s Primary Blacktown South
1 November 2010
Present: Charlotte Gourlie, Sandra Russo, Gai Clark, Michael Siciliano: St Michael’s
Carol Hawkes: St Patrick’s Primary Blacktown
Zhan Patterson: Sustainable Resources Engagement Officer - BCC
Clare Maloney: Itinerant Teacher: Communication – CEO
Peter Blanch: Science Teacher: Oakhill College, Castle Hill
Apologies: John Laffan, Paula Murphy: St Michael’s
Reflection The Daffodils – William Wordsworth
- Planting of trees and grasses was successfully carried out on 25 August. Students recently observed the progress of the plantings and at least 85% are doing well!
- Charlotte reported that potato bags (see instructions); netting and packets of seeds were received as a result of the McCain’s Veggie Patch promotion. Gloves from the Telegraph give away, will also be used by NCKG students … well done Charlotte!
- Sandra continues to encourage all students to have name labels on hats and jackets to minimise wastage of students’ uniforms and to save money for parents … Keep up the challenge Sandra!
- “Green Zone” has become a regular in the school newsletter … Thank you Sandra and best wishes! A new contributer will be needed to replace Sandra in 2011?
- Waste Free Wednesday was again discussed … suggestions that it commence with primary students only and all other students encouraged to bring their lunch in “Nudie” containers or something similar, which makes cling wrap unnecessary. A “No Rubbish Day” was also discussed …. On this day all bins would be removed from the playground and all rubbish taken home. Parents would need to be informed in advance.
- Zhan is able to give session on Waste Management, to nominated grades, in December …. Charlotte to organise dates. Thank you Zhan!
- Charlotte will represent St Michael’s at the Parramatta Learning Community for Sustainability meeting, to be held at St Bernadette’s Lalor Park on Wednesday 24 November. Kevin Mills (principal) will represent St Patrick’s Blacktown and Clare will represent CEO.
- Charlotte and Clare are preparing an application for a Student Sustainability Leadership grant, on offer from Westpac Junior Landcare. This will involve Years Five and Six students and needs to be completed by 10 December 2010. John is supporting this project and Zhan hopes to be able to endorse it. A “One World Garden” concept has been floated which would involve all families contributing a brick, to build a garden bed in the vicinity of the new Learning Centre. Planting may include native/edible species, from diverse cultural backgrounds …. Watch this space!
- Zhan shared the following names as reference for “Deep Ecology”. Google: John Seed, Joanna Macy and Arne Naess – known as the father of Deep Ecology. Worth a look … thank you Zhan!
- Peter’s talk about Oakhill College was both informative and inspiring. He spoke of the steps taken to declare the college, Carbon Neutral and the ongoing challenge to reach Carbon Sustainability! Small steps include:
☼ turning off lights and computer monitors
☼ recycling paper and anything with a recycling symbol
☼ researching the story of rubbish
☼ joining the Sustainable Schools Network (Charlotte will revisit)
☼ encouraging the school leadership team, students and parents to come on board
☼ embedding a “Care for the Environment” into four levels of school life: Faith, Service Sport and Academia
☼ introducing all staff to“On Holy Ground” see www.catholicearthcare.org.au
☼ keeping “All things Green” on the agenda, e.g. Green Awards at assemblies, posters around the school, mention at staff meetings, etc.
Peter may be available to speak at staff meetings in 2011, if requested!
Next Meeting: 3.15pm Thursday 3 March -Term 1 at NCKG
Old Indian saying: “Better to know one mountain, than climbed many”
NNN meeting 1/11/10