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!
A very BIG thank you to the wonderful families and students who assisted at the first working bee for the year. It was a very hot afternoon, but with a fantastic turn out of people, we achieved a great deal in just over an hour. Many hands do make light work!! We weeded, pruned, raked and cleaned up over 1/2 the space. Look at all our enthusiastic helpers! Thanks to Narelle, Laura, Sheema, Leila, Zayne, Lisa, Reece, Sophie, Scarlett, Blake, Hayden, Martin, Lauretta, Andreea, Isa, Rachael, Hannah, Gemma, Mel, Georgina, Laura, Fiona, Ryan, Angela, Louis, Johanna, Jessica, Ashley, Madison, Alisha, Jemma and anyone else who assisted. It was great to see some new faces and enjoy working within the garden. We look forward to planting Autumn vegetables in the very near future!
Our New Sensory Garden has been built over 18 months and was landscaped by Andy Coupar from Eskape landscapes who is also a Dad at our school. Our New Sensory Garden was officially opened on Friday 15th December by councillor Wayne Smith, representing the City of Casey. The evening featured performances and Christmas songs from each grade level and families enjoyed a picnic on the oval. The garden provides a natural environment with indigenous plants, a bridge, jetty, water feature, musical instruments including xylophone, chimes and drums, chess board, archway, Helmeted Honeyeater garden, outdoor classroom and a windmill. Each grade made a “Pot Creation” to place into the garden and these were judged my Mandy Munro from the City of Casey. The pot creations were amazing and bring an array of colour and interest to the garden. Prizes for the winning pots were donated by Bunnings, Fountain Gate. The garden is a beautiful addition to our school grounds and a wonderful space for all to enjoy. Thank you to all our families and community who have assisted and donated items. We look forward to enjoying the garden for many years to come!
Our Helmeted Honeyeater ambassadors (Max, Chelsea, Malaika and Lachlan) have had a wonderful year planting plants at Yellingbo, learning about the critically endangered species and assisting with educating our community about the impact we have on the environment. The final activity for the year was a visit to Healesville sanctuary to learn about the breeding program and go behind the scenes to see the Helmeted Honeyeater up close. The ambassadors watched via closed circuit TV as the Helmeted Honeyeater cared for their young and sat on the nest. Cecilia, the education officer from Yellingbo visited our school to be interviewed for our school radio program. We have had a very excting year and look forward to continuing the ambassador program in 2018.
We had a beautiful sunny day to plant over 100 native plants in the Sensory Garden. Some of the garden club students planted our new plants with assistance from Pat from Toyota Berwick. Toyota Berwick sponsored the day and provided T shirts, gloves and the plants. Bunnings Fountain Gate provided seeds, seedlings and soil for all grades to plant into a paper recycled pot. We thank Bunnings and Fountain Gate for their generosity and assistance on the day. We had a wonderful day and enjoyed being in the outdoors!
Our second ambassador day was spent at the Yellingbo nursery. The students learnt about the different species of plants, how to plant seeds, seedlings and propogate plants. The ambassadors enjoyed working with a horticulturalist and with Cecilia. They viewed the hot houses and the different types of seeds and how they are harvested.