Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Planting Seeds for the Future!

Over 250 students from St Bernadette’s Primary, Lalor Park celebrated Schools Tree Day on Friday 29 July with a variety of activities organised by Bunnings at Seven Hills, designed to teach the students about the environment and contribute to the school’s sustainability endeavours.
With National Tree Day on Sunday 31 July, Schools Tree Day is the nominated day for students to participate in Australia’s largest community tree planting event.
Throughout the day, students from all year groups took part in activities that included planting, construction of gardens and lessons about the environment. Students also learnt about sustainable practices within their community and how they can use their new skills at school and home.
Bunnings’ visit to the school on Schools Tree Day coincided with the school’s plan to rejuvenate and extend the vegetable patch as well as the development of an ANZAC garden to acknowledge and remember those who have served their country. The Seven Hills RSL will visit St Bernadette’s in August to place a commemorative plaque in the garden.

Saturday, August 27, 2011

Growing Vocabulary at St Patrick's!

Students in the Kitchen Garden Language Groups at St Patrick's Primary, Blacktown are increasing their vocabulary as they go about their garden chores! A generous donation of leather gardening gloves from Patrician Brothers College Blacktown, meant a lesson in right and left (learning how to put on gloves correctly is no easy task) additions of a mirror and a sink, generated discussions on reflection and kitchen items! The blossoming of sweet peas meant a lesson in comparsion, between flowering and edible peas!


Friday, August 12, 2011

Our Lady of Lourdes Garden Plots!

Year One students at Our Lady of Lourdes Primary Seven Hills, are enjoying the spoils of their Garden Plots and Sensory Garden! Odd shaped carrots and curly parsley have been harvested and students are able to appreciate the aromas from plants which smell good and some are edible too!

Saturday, August 6, 2011

Kitchen Garden Bus Tour!

The 'Garden Buds' from St John's Primary Riverstone, boarded the Nagle College Blacktown South bus, on 1 August (Horses' Birthday and Wattle Day) for a Kitchen Garden tour of four schools in the local area. General consensus was that it was 'one of the best days ever' and the students hope the tour becomes a regular event!

First stop St Francis of Assisi Primary Glendenning where students were served warm mini pizzas by the cooking group and mingled with the Language Group students!

At St Andrew's Primary Marayong the students wandered through the herb garden, the strawberry patch and met two attractive scarecrows! Using old filing cabinets as garden beds, was put on the 'Creative Ideas' list!

Garden gnomes, mirrors, no-dig gardens, and Rose Cottage were added to the list of good ideas, at St Patrick's Primary Blacktown and students were each given a packet of seeds for their school or home garden!

Last stop was Nano Cottage Kitchen Garden at St Michael's Primary Blacktown South, where students enjoyed their lunch, helped to water the garden, stir the compost and spent time getting to know Butterscotch and Nugget, the Nagle Farm calves!

Time to return to school with some nasturtiums to plant and stories to tell!

A real live Mountain Devil!

St Finbar's Primary Glenbrook have a Mountain Devil shrub growing just outside their Grade Four Learning Space! What a great living symbol for their school garden!