Saturday, February 26, 2011

Repairing summer damage in the garden and the arrival of twin lambs!

The students enjoyed doing the many jobs which needed to be attended to in the Nano Cottage Kitchen Garden, at St Michael's Primary Blacktown South, after the long hot summer holiday break. Watering, replanting peas, harvesting cherry tomatoes and stirring the compost were tasks which were carried out with great skill and enthusiasm! Casey decided that Jackie the scarecrow needed a makeover, so she brought along her old pink gumboots from home.

Jacqui the scarecrow, is now ready to frighten the black birds that live in the nearby tree!
Zena the sheep, lives at Nagle College Agriculture Farm, adjacent to NCKG and to the delight of the Language Group students, gave birth to twin lambs on 11 February. The Nagle students named the black one Gilbert and his sister, Sienna.

Friday, February 18, 2011

Sustainability resources on the Internet

Catholic Earthcare Australia's mission is to help promote understanding among people that Creation is sacred and endangered, and must be protected and sustained for present and future generations yet unborn. The website provides articles, resources, podcasts, spiritual reflections and more.

Sustainable Schools NSW is a government-funded program that helps schools integrate environmental learning and awareness into all aspects of their activities including the classroom, the canteen, school grounds, travel to and from school, the office, workshops and sports carnivals etc.

This website provides information, resources. Sustainability curriculum framework, professional development days and information on available grants.

Environment and Sustainable Development Policy Development in K–12 Schools in Manitoba and Canada An initial exploration
This paper was prepared as an initial look at environmental and sustainable development policy development in Manitoba and Canada. The paper includes numerous examples of school and district initiatives from Canada and other jurisdictions. As the document points out, this is still relatively new territory for kindergarten to Grade 12 schools.
Download the pdf of this document here.

Sunday, February 6, 2011

St Francis of Assisi Kitchen Garden & Nano Cottage Kitchen Garden - 2010

These are examples of photo books which can be used to record activities in the kitchen and the garden. These ones were made using however, there are other sites available which offer similar deals!