Monday, December 17, 2012

Happy Christmas to All!

Celebrate the Christmas season with beauty and simplicity and spend time sharing stories with family and friends!

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Crunch & Sip!

Fruit and Vegetables to Feed the School at St. Patrick’s, Primary Blacktown

The school was generously given a small grant from the Department of Health through Crunch & Sip, to further increase the healthy food choices at break time. It was  decided to plant extra fruit and vegetables in the Kitchen Garden. Lots of of snow peas, lettuce, strawberries, cucumbers and carrots were planted for the students at St. Patrick’s to enjoy for fruit break!
After  a couple of months and many successful harvests, every student at St.Patrick’s has been given the opportunity to enjoy the produce from the garden during their fruit break time. All the students have enjoyed eating fresh and organically grown produce!



Friday, December 7, 2012

Catholic Out of School Hours Care!

The students from St Michael's Primary Blacktown South COSHC have had great success with the one garden bed which they have carefully nurtured at Nano Cottage Kitchen Garden, in recent weeks ... well done to all involved, the results speak for themselves!

January 2013 and the tomatoes are ready to harvest!

Monday, November 26, 2012

Before and After!

Remember X Marks the Spot? ... well take a look at that spot now!  Well done to all at St Joseph's Primary Schofields, where the garden has become a whole school endeavour!  Congratulations!


Friday, November 16, 2012

50 things children must do before they are 10!

This list could be adapted to suit any place where children abide and it is infinite - Learning by Doing!

1. Read Storm Boy before heading to the Coorong.

2. See the scoreboard tick over at Adelaide Oval and learn the Don's career batting average off-by-heart.

3. Eat a pie floater with lots and lots of sauce.

4. Go on a tour of Government House and learn about Dame Roma Mitchell (Hint: her statue is out the front).

5. Snorkel through a school of fish on Port Noarlunga reef.

6. Climb in and around a Moreton Bay fig in the Botanic Park.

7. Walk over the causeway and all the way around Granite Island - you're sure to see a penguin or maybe even a seal.

8. Go whale watching at Bashams Beach at Port Elliot.

9. Pick and eat your weight in strawberries at Beerenberg Farm, Hahndorf.

10. Find and swim in the rock pool at Stokes Bay on Kangaroo Island.

11. Catch a local tree frog tadpole in Brown Hill Creek.

12. Wave through the underwater windows at Burnside Swimming Centre's middle pool.

13. Get your parents to take you to a Dawn Service on Anzac Day.

14. Watch a Wanderer butterfly come out of its chrysalis. It's probably happening in your backyard right now.

15. Catch and keep a skink for a week and then let it go.

16. Relive The Hobbit on the Children's Storybook Trail at Carrick Hill.

17. Watch how they make a Haigh's giant chocolate frog at the Greenhill Rd, Parkside, factory and then eat one.

18. Make a drippy sand castle at Port Willunga, and then watch the waves wash it away.

19. Breathe air from the South Pole at the top of the Bluff at Encounter Bay.

20. Read all the plaques of the famous South Australians in the pavement on North Tce, city.

21. Eat a mint leaf to understand how Mint Patties got their name.

22. See the cow patty throwing at the Mt Compass show.

23. Fish for squid off the jetty at Second Valley.

24. Watch the Port River dolphins play.

25. Ride a paddle boat on the River Torrens.

26. Challenge your friends to a crab-raking competition at St Kilda

27. Get knocked over by a wave at Middleton and get back up.

28. Visit the Medlow Confectionery & FruChoc Showcase store in McLaren Vale.

29. Endure the wait to ride a miniature train at Millswood.

30. Pat a guinea pig at the Farm Barn in Handorf.

31. Dig for pipis on Goolwa beach.

32. Ride the Cockle train from Victor Harbour to Port Elliott.

33. Explore the tugboat Yelta at Port Adelaide

34. Smell the roses in the rose garden on South Tce, city.

35. Catch a yabby and cook it for dinner.

36. Ride the Popeye to the Zoo.

37. Cycle from the city to Henley Beach with your family along the Linear Park.

38. Play tennis at Belair National Park.

39. Win a round of mini golf at West Beach.

40. Ride the historic tram at St Kilda.

41. Enjoy an ice cream after paddling a boat at Rymil Park.

42. Watch the police greys in a parade.

43. Zip down the waterslides at Marion Aquatic Centre.

44. Get freaked out by the mummies at the South Australian museum.

45. Create a masterpiece at the START program at the Art Gallery.

46. Watch the wood-chopping at the Royal Show.

47. Take the tram to Glenelg for a day at the Beach House.

48. Ride the antique carousel at Semaphore.

49. Plant some bulbs in autumn - and watch them burst into flower in spring.

50. Fall on the ice at The Barton skating rink.

Thursday, November 15, 2012

Exhibition: Bringing Our Water Stories to Life Through Photography!

All the photos submitted for the Water in The Landscape photo competition 2012 will be on display at the Parramatta Library.

Come and visit! And see the amazing photos showcasing Western Sydney water stories.

Water in The Landscape photo exhibition, Monday 12 Nov to Sunday 9 Dec 2012
Parramatta City Library, 1A Civic Place Parramatta

Opening Times
Mon – Fri 9.30pm -8.00pm
Saturday 9.30pm - 4.00pm
Sunday 2.00pm -5.00pm
Phone: 02 9806-5159

More information on the water in The Landscape website:

First Prize Winning Photo!

 Third Prize Winning Photo! 
Year Six students accepting their prize money!

Saturday, November 10, 2012

Kindergarten Students Steal the Show!

Parramatta Learning Community for Sustainability’
Wednesday 31 October 2012
1.30pm – 3.30pm

The Kindergarten students at Our Lady of the Rosary Primary Kellyville, took great pride in showing visitors their emerging garden and outlining their plans to expand their crop, when educators gathered for the eleventh Parramatta Learning Community for Sustainability meeting recently!
Agenda for meeting

1.      Welcome to Our Lady of the Rosary: John Spradbrow – Principal         
2.      Acknowledgement of Country: Cheryl Boyle   LST - St Francis of Assisi Primary Glendenning     
3.      Introductions: What brought you to this meeting?
4.      Prayer Walk and Reflection: Jacqui Remond, National Director – Catholic Earthcare Australia
5.      Plans for the proposed school garden: Students of OLOR Primary   
6.      Kitchen Gardens in Schools:
Maria Marks – Learning Support Teacher, St Patrick’s Primary Blacktown  
Cheryl Boyle – Learning Support Teacher, St Francis of Assisi Primary Glendenning
7.      ASSISI Program: Jacqui Remond – National Director CEA
8.      An invitation to the future of Outdoor Environmental Education: Helen Watkins – Head of Environmental Education, Abbotsleigh (Anglican Pre K-12 School for Girls)
  Term One Meeting, 2013: St Bernadette’s   Primary,Castle Hill (date TBA)


Monday, October 29, 2012

Time to Reflect!

How appropriate that the prize money won by St Patrick's Primary Blacktown, in the 'Water in the Landscape' photo competition run by WSROC, has been used to purchase a water feature! Significantly, it will reside in the 'Rose Garden' which was the impetus for the current Kitchen Garden Program! With the rain gauge near by, it just needs the water to flow so that students and staff, will have a place of beauty in which to reflect!

Monday, October 15, 2012

You are Invited!

Our Lady of the Rosary Primary
8 Diana Avenue
Kellyville NSW 2155
Phone: 9629 2566                                                                                 

You are invited to attend:
‘Parramatta Learning Community for Sustainability’ meeting
Wednesday 31 October from 1.30-3.30pm 

Jacqui Remond, Director - Catholic Earthcare Australia, will speak about the ASSISI Program. Maria Marks, Learning Support Teacher - St Patrick’s Primary Blacktown and Cheryl Boyle, Learning Support Teacher - St Francis of Assisi Primary, Glendenning will give a presentation on Kitchen Gardens in Schools.
The students from Our Lady of the Rosary will discuss plans for their proposed garden and participants will be invited to share ways in which schools can involve staff and the wider community in the Sustainability/Kitchen Garden initiative.
 Afternoon Tea’ will be available and Kitchen Garden Resources will be on display
Please RSVP – Friday 24 October 2012 to