Saturday, March 31, 2012
Saturday, March 24, 2012
Saturday, March 17, 2012
In 1699 a Sicilian monk called Franciscus Cupani sent seeds of the local wild sweet pea to his friend, English schoolmaster Dr Robert Uvedale. This was the beginning of a love affair between gardeners and sweet peas that continues to this day.
St Patrick’s Day, March 17, is the traditional date for sowing sweet peas in many parts of Australia, but this date should be regarded as a guide, not a law.Hence students at two Parramatta schools, planted their sweet peas one day early, just in time for the rain!
Meanwhile, en route to Nano Cottage Kitchen Garden, the students noticed the new garden nearing completion at Nagle College farm ... the word is roses and olive trees are soon to be planted by the Nagle College agricultural students!
Thursday, March 15, 2012
Sunday, March 11, 2012
PLCs are widely used in the Parramatta diocese and have proven to be highly effective in improving student learning outcomes by improving teacher practice. They generally refer to a group of teachers, leaders and professionals who come together to work collaboratively around a specific learning or teaching focus - in this case the environment and sustainability - to share information and learning opportunities.
|PLC members were impressed with the students' engagment with the program|
|Students led a tour of their garden. Pictured here with Catholic Earthcare's, Luke Edwards|
As part of the meeting, St Finbar’s students from the Mountain Devils kitchen garden group led the PLC members on a tour of their school grounds, discussing their plants and herb gardens along the way.
Itinerant communication teacher, Clare Maloney, from Catholic Education is very involved in the PLC and Kitchen Gardens in Schools program with a focus on how students can develop oral language skills in a naturalistic and social setting. She said the student led tour is a great example of social and oral language development.
‘The program provides benefits to all students, particularly those with specific oral language needs,’ said Clare. ‘I had members of the group marveling at the students’ knowledge, interest and ability to communicate what they were doing.'
‘Kitchen gardens provide an opportunity for hands on learning and when students can use all their senses – touch, feel, smell, see, hear – they are more engaged in their learning,’ she said.
Those present at the meeting included principals, teachers and coordinators from several Catholic schools across the diocese, as well as Zhan Patterson from Western Sydney Regional Organisaton of Council’s (WSROC) Water in the Landscape Project; Damien Feneley from Department of Education and Workplace Training (DET); Jennifer Plaskett, Western Sydney and Nepean Blue Mountains Local Health Districts; Luke Edwards, acting national director from Catholic Earthcare; and head of environmental education at Abbotsleigh Anglican School, Helen Watkins who all spoke to the group about programs, initiatives and learning tools that can be implemented in their teaching.
The next meeting of the Parramatta Learning Community for Sustainability will be held 13 June at St John’s Primary, Riverstone 2-4pm. Interested schools, educators, business and community leaders should contact Clare Maloney via email: Clare.Maloney@parra.catholic.edu.au
More information about Kitchen Garden in Schools via: http://kitchengardensinschools.blogspot.com
|Several members from various educational and government organisations are members of the PLC for Sustainability|
|Catholic Education's, Clare Maloney says students need to use all their senses to balance indoor learning with outdoor learning|
Monday, March 5, 2012
At last the students from St Patrick's Primary, Blacktown can savour the delights of the kitchen garden, starting with a pumpkin harvest! It was discovered that pumpkins can be roasted, baked, fried, mashed, used as an ingredient for scones and best of all, soup can be made from them! That activity will happen later, but already students have made layered corn cracker sandwiches and willingly assisted with the wiping up ... so stayed tuned for more photos ... meanwhile, great activities are planned for the rest of the term and these should present the students and teachers with many more exciting challenges!
Kitchen Garden Activities-Term 1
· Introducing the students to the Kitchen Garden area.
· Harvesting of the present crops.
· Weeding and preparing the garden beds for new seedlings.
· Watering and maintaining the present tomato and marigold plants.
6 - 9
Begin new rotations. One rotation per group each week over the next 4 weeks.
1. Rose Cottage-Kitchen Garden sight word/Literacy activities (Nancy)
2. Tiling group (Robin)
3.Watering, planting, harvesting, composting, no-dig garden and general garden maintenance (Maria)
4. Cooking activity/recipes/working in the kitchen (Sue)
· Garden Maintenance
· Easter Egg Hunt
Early Finishers Activity
If groups finish their activity early, they can join the Garden Maintenance group & assist with watering, weeding, etc.
Wet Weather Activity