Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Start as you mean to go!

A new primary school at Westmead is starting on a positive note, with students talking about the best way to keep their environment beautiful ... 'Doing something beautiful for God' ... Mother Teresa of Calcutta would be pleased! Students are discussing how to have a 'litter free' lunch box and even having competitions to see who can come up with the best ideas!

The school is in tune with nature from a fish design as a welcoming feature, to the earthy colours through out the building ... the Kitchen Garden is next on the list and the students will have their say in this venture too!

Saturday, February 18, 2012

Many Hands ...!

Many gloved hands got to work at St Francis of Assisi Kitchen Garden to restore a garden bed to its former glory! This meant removing the weeds, saving the sunflower seeds and squishing the cherry tomatoes into the soil ... great fun and good discussion about how best to achieve the end result ... sometimes if hands are not enough, it seems you just have to also use your feet!

Sunday, February 12, 2012

Secret Gardens!

Post holiday gardens are like secret gardens, so many discoveries to make from cherry tomatoes, overgrown nasturtiums and out of control marigolds, to measuring 'near full' rain gauges and of course the inevitable weeds ... but in language terms, great conversation and problem solving opportunities and in practical terms, great seed saving opportunities!

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Happy 2012!

A new year often brings change and two Year Six students discovered quite a few changes at Nano Cottage on a visit in Week One, Term 1! An Early Learning Centre is nearing completion beside the Cottage which means that for the moment, the students can only view the Kitchen Garden through the fence! However, judging from the excess growth visible and the continuing rain, there will be plenty of jobs to carry out and produce to harvest ... watch this space!