Posted by Ruth Bode / 6:48 PM /
Thanks heavens for the great rainfall we have had this year. Although some of our wonderful families have become part of the Garden Angel Watering Team for the holidays, I think they might just be visiting our school to enjoy a play in our gardens rather than having to water our plants. Thankyou once again to these families who are caring for our gardens through our long Summer holiday.
Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to all!
Posted by Ruth Bode / 11:22 PM /
Last year we grew some enormous and very beautiful sunflowers. This year we are particpating in the Yates Sunflower Challenge. We have planted many sunflower seeds around our school gardens, some of which are donated from Yates as part of the challenge to grow the biggest sunflowers.
We also had save some of our seeds from our sunflowers which we also planted.
As we had so many seeds, Level 1 and 2 students designed and created their own packet to contain some seeds to take home to plant. We talked about what information might need to be on their packet and what we would need to consider when planting our seeds.
Posted by Ruth Bode / 11:08 PM /
Today in the garden, we added sugar cane mulch in preparation for a hot Summer. We are hoping that our mulch will retain some moisture and slow down the weeds while we are on holidays.
Some of our school families have offered to water our plants during the holiday break. This is great news! Last year we returned to an amazing sight with our Mandala Vegetable Garden filled to the brim with gorgeous produce.
This year we have not planted quite as much (due to my long holiday in 3rd term!) but our orchard and other gardens will need water...unless we continue to have the rain we have experienced recently. How amazing for us to come out of an extensive drought....something some of our students haven't experienced. We still harvest and utilize our rainwater collected in our many tanks and our students remain aware of our water usuage.
Posted by Ruth Bode / 10:39 PM /
Yesterday our level 3 students used our harvested beetroots to make enough yummy beetroot dip for all of our students in the school to taste.
We had been working in our Mandala Vegetable Garden doing some planting and mulching and noticed that our beetroots were ready. As we are about to go on our long Summer holiday, we thought that we had better harvest and use these delicious veggies.
Everyone in the class took part in the preparation of the dip and all had a taste...most loving it and wanting the recipe to try at home.
All commented on the fabulous colour which contrasted beautifully with the mint garnish also from our garden.
Cooking and sharing food using produce from our gardens is great fun while showing how delicious fresh food can be.
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Posted by Ruth Bode / 10:09 PM /
Today one of our ex students shared her passion about her two interesting pets, Gonza, the turtle and Gregory, the very amazing Eastern Bearded Dragon.
Aleisha, now a year 9 student, spent part of today showing my students these amazing animals, answering many excellent questions about them and their care and sharing interesting facts about them.
In some of today's classes, students took the time to draw them. The results were wonderful as they had a chance to really examine what these creatures looked like, patterns, textures, shape, form etc.
Thankyou to Aleisha for her time and interest....we loved the experience!
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