Congratulations Berwick Lodge for receiving a Junior Landcare Biodiversity Grant! This will assist with completing the final part of the Sensory Garden including the dinosaur dig and interpretive signage to educate our students and community. Without the grants, we wouldn’t have the fantastic garden spaces we have today! Thankyou to Junior Landcare for supporting our project!
On the 24th August our four Helmeted Honeyeater ambassadors – Nathan, Leyla, Ruby and Tyler enjoyed visiting the Yellingbo community nursery to work with Cecilia the education officer and Michele, the horticulturalist. They planted seeds, seedlings and learnt about the native habitat that the critically endangered species lives within. It was a wonderful day for everyone!
This week many grades have enjoyed planting in the Community Garden. We have been weeding grade boxes and planting a variety of vegetables and herbs. Kasandra from Bunnings Fountain Gate assisted our Prep students to plant. 2E and other grades enjoyed planting lots of vegetables and learning about worms. We have enjoyed exploring the garden and investigating what is growing.
Our grade 5 students have been very busy planning, drawing and designing our new outdoor common room garden space which will be built between the grade 5 classrooms and the new grade 4 double portable. The students have some amazing ideas including seating, mindfulness areas, reading corners, games, chalkboard, marble run, vertical gardens and working spaces for learning. We wish to thank Warner’s nursery for their garden grant which will assist us with the required plants for the new space. Warner’s are currently working with Mrs. McCrum to finalise the project design and then it will begin! Warner’s are a wholesale nursery but plants can be purchased from retail outlets. Please view Warner’s web address for further information: https://warners.com.au/index.html
The students will be involved in planting and building different parts of the new space. These are some of the fantastic designs for the new space!
We were thrilled to have received two garden grants so far this year. We have received a City of Casey environmental grant and also the Victorian School Garden Awards grant from Warner’s nursery. The City of Casey grant will assist with completing the final stage of the Sensory Garden and the Warner’s nursery grant will enable us to build a common room/outdoor classroom space near the grade 5/6 building. The final stage of the Sensory garden will include a dinosaur discovery area and has recently been planted with plants on Planet Ark Day. The grade 5 students have been designing the outdoor common room space and have some amazing ideas. These are the two before photos for the spaces to be developed:
On Friday 27th July we had a lovely sunny day for our Planet Ark National Tree Day. We enjoyed many planting activities including working with Kasandra from Bunnings Fountain Gate and Jordan from Berwick Toyota. We wish to thank both Bunnings and Toyota for generously donating plants for us to plant on the day. We planted seeds, seedlings and small plants into the Community garden and then planted 100 indigenous plants into the new area of the Sensory garden. The garden club enjoyed working in this new space which will include a dinosaur discovery area.
On Thursday the 7th of June we went to Yellingbo Nature Reserve with Mrs. McCrum to learn about the Helmeted Honeyeater. The abbreviation for Helmeted Honeyeater is HEHO. We walked through the forest and saw 6 to 8 Helmeted Honeyeaters. They were very fast at flying and even though they have yellow feathers they were hard to see as they were camouflaged in the bush. We saw lots of different trees, habitat and different types of bushes they eat. In Yellingbo nature reserve there are approximately 200 birds in the wild. The HEHO is a critically endangered species of bird.The Helmeted honeyeater has a yellow helmet of feathers on his head. The bristles on its tongue help it suck up nectar from the flowers and tree sap. Their babies eat little grubs for protein and vitamins. They use metal coloured bands around their legs to tell which bird is which and also which family they come from. Binoculars helped us to identify the bird by looking for the coloured leg bands. Cecilia, the educator from the ‘Friends of the Helmeted Honeyeater’ taught us about the feeding station. We were very lucky and got to walk down to the creek and see the feeding stations. The HEHO gets fed wombaroo by volunteers. Wombaroo is a nectar the birds eat. They clean the feeding station with vinegar as this is a natural cleaning solution. Bleach and other cleaning products are poisonous for the wildlife. The green army are volunteers who plant lots of trees and bushes for the bird. The Friends of the Helmeted Honeyeater are always looking for more volunteers. If you want to volunteer, please contact the ‘Friends of the Helmeted Honeyeater’. We had a great day! Written by Leyla, Nathan and Ruby – 2018 ambassadors. (Tyler was away today).
On the evening of Friday 1st June Lachlan B and Malaika G, two of our 2017 Helmeted Honeyeater ambassadors were invited to speak at the World Environment Day civic reception held by the City of Casey. They were fantastic ambassadors and spoke about their involvement with the ‘Friends of the Helmeted Honey eater’ and what they had learnt during their visits to Yellingbo nature reserve last year. They talked about the critically endangered species and how we can educate the community about planting more trees and creating a natural environment for these birds. It was a wonderful evening for everyone involved. Well done Lachlan and Malaika, we were all very proud of you!
We had our second successful working bee on Friday 16th March. We had 27 very enthusiastic and keen parents, students and teachers assist with weeding and tidying the garden. It looks fantastic, well done to Rachael, Gemma, Hannah, Carla, Sarah, Rob, Eloise, Laura, Martin, Lauretta, Hayden, Ally, Chen, Scarlett, Christine, Andreea, Isa, Mrs Rawlings, Riley, chloe, Jenny, Hannah, Elijah, Esther, Zach and Mr Pryor for all assisting. We have almost accomplished weeding the majority of the garden. The students will now work with Mrs. McCrum to mulch the main garden beds and dig in compost. A BIG Thank you to everyone for the wonderful assistance!