Thursday, July 6, 2017

Haloumi and Tomato Salad!

Haloumi and Tomato Salad

  • 250g of halloumi, sliced thickly
  • 250g cherry/teardrop tomatoes - red and yellow
  • 1 large brown onion, sliced
  • 2 cloves garlic, crushed
  • 200g baby spinach leaves
  • ¼ cup finely chopped fresh parsley - from school garden
  • ¼ cup (60mls) lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil


1.       Heat half the oil in an electric fry pan; cook onion and garlic, until onion is brown.

2.       Add tomatoes; cook, stirring until just soft. Place in a bowl and cover to keep warm.

3.       Heat remaining oil in fry pan; cook cheese, in batches until browned on both sides.

4.       Drain on absorbent paper

5.       Gently toss cheese and tomato mixture in bowl with parsley, spinach, lemon juice

Monday, July 3, 2017

Worm Juice!

Once the ‘WORM JUICE’ has been watered down to the colour of weak tea, it is ready to give nourishment to the trees, shrubs and herbs in the garden and there are always plenty of helpers willing to do the job! Why not set up a Worm Farm at home … contact the local Council, purchase one at Bunnings, or go online and find an easy way to make your own! Natural nutrients will be on tap to give your plants a Winter boast!

Friday, April 28, 2017

Lest We Forget!

It is important for students to learn the significance which flowers such as Poppies, play in our Australian history and culture. Maybe it is something which could be done annually as a family, i.e. to research the appropriate time to plant some Poppy seeds, so that they bloom around Anzac Day, each year!


Monday, April 17, 2017

Greek Salad!


* 200g piece feta  
* 3 medium lebanese cucumbers, halved lengthwise, thickly sliced
* 4 medium Roma tomates, halved, cut into wedges
* 1 cup (160g) pitted kalamata olives
* 1 medium red onion,halved,thinly sliced

Vinegar dressing:
* 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
* 1 tablespoon white wine vinegar
* 1 garlic clove, crushed
* 1/2 teaspoon caster sugar
* 1/2 teaspoon chopped fresh oregano leaves 

Method:Step 1 - Cut feta. Place in a large bowl with cucumber, tomato, onions and  olives  
                    Step 2 - Make dressing. Place oil, vinegar, sugar and oregano in a screw-top jar. Secure lid. Shake to combine.
                      Step 3 - Add dressing to salad. Season with salt and pepper. Toss to combine. Serve

Saturday, March 18, 2017

Welcome to Our Garden!

‘Learning and Fun in Our Garden’

What’s that lurking in the bushes?” It’s a Hen, which took the ‘WELCOME TO OUR GARDEN’ sign, literally! Farmer Fox has a new hairstyle, Sweet Peas and Purple Carrots are planted between breaks in the rain and umbrellas are the order of the day! Indoor activities include Seed Saving from an enormous dead Sunflower … so all in all, an entertaining week at St Bernadette’s … “to be sure, to be sure!


Thursday, February 23, 2017

Environment Team 2017!

Term 1 is well and truly underway and the Garden was a hive of activity! The 2017 Environment Team comprising: George, Hane, Tracey, Dominic, James, Reiley, Jesse, Kon, Chok and Manoah, held their first meeting and many interesting ideas were discussed! Some Early Stage One students “took a turn in the garden” and were introduced to the Frog Pond and the Watering Cans!

Saturday, February 11, 2017

"The drumming of an army, the steady, soaking rain"

“The drumming of an army, the steady, soaking rain” these are the apt words of Dorothea Mackellar in her famous poem ‘My Country’and how welcome the rain was, as it poured down on the thirsty St Bernadette’s school garden! The rain gauge was full, 4 times over and as it normally holds 25mls, some clever students were able to calculate that 100mls had fallen in all! But wait … did all that rain fall in Week 3 or did some rain fall during the school holidays … a very good question to contemplate! Meanwhile, Philippa (Stage2) commented that a fungus “looks like a Ballerina” … good observation, Pippa!


Another puzzling question arose: “Why is one Crepe Myrtle thriving and the other one, not looking so well?” The school garden elicits many interesting questions and observations from students and is open each Tuesday and Wednesday at Recess and Lunchtime!

 Everyone is welcome!