Berwick Lodge Family Twilight Christmas Picnic and Scarecrow competition Friday 16th December 2016.

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Posted by Mrs McCrum | Posted in Art work, Award, community event, Environment, Garden, Parents, recycling, Scarecrows, Students, Timber | Posted on December 19, 2016

On Friday 16th December we enjoyed a lovely evening celebration with our whole school.  The choir sang, grades performed, there was an art show with amazing works, games to play and the fantastic scarecrows in the Community Garden.  David Westlake from the City of Casey was our guest judge and was amazed at the range of scarecrows made from recycled materials.  At our Monday morning assembly, David Westlake announced the winners for 2016.  Grade 1P and 4K won the award this year and thanks to Bunnings Fountain Gate for generously donating plants for each child to take home and plant in their garden.  Have a look at the great creations!

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The winning scarecrow from 1P.

The winning scarecrow from 1P.

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The winning scarecrow from 4K.

The winning scarecrow from 4K.

Berwick Lodge Primary School Wins Victorian School Garden Award “Best Edible Garden” 2016

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Posted by Mrs McCrum | Posted in Award, community event, Environment, Garden, Students | Posted on December 8, 2016

On Tuesday 29th November three garden club grade 6 students: Aviva, Skye and Freyja attended the Victorian School Garden Awards with Mrs. McCrum.  We had been nominated as finalists in the Victorian School Garden Awards which were being held in the beautiful Royal Botanic Gardens – Melbourne.  We watched a smoking ceremony to welcome us to the gardens and then the awards began.  Our students were very excited when we won the “Best Edible Garden” award.  We also received a $1000 gift voucher from Maxicrop.  We were thrilled that our School Community Garden had achieved such an award.  The girls also enjoyed making flower crowns, wands and exploring the Children’s Garden.

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Berwick Lodge Primary School Working Bee 14th October 2016

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Posted by Mrs McCrum | Posted in community event, Environment, Garden, Parents, Students, Working Bee | Posted on December 8, 2016

Thank you to the parents, staff and students who assisted at our working bee in the Community Garden.  Thank you to Nicole, Andy, Rachael, Hannah, Gemma, Debbie, Macie, Daniel, Raelene, Sarah, Olivia, Laura, Despina, Taylah, Andrew, Robert, Jessica, Ameli, Caroline, Sarah, Natalie, Thomas and Annabelle who assisted at our working bee and helped weed, trim, prune and tidy the garden.  Many hands make light work!

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Students planting in the Sensory Garden 2016

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Posted by Mrs McCrum | Posted in Donations, Environment, Garden, Students | Posted on December 8, 2016

Students all had the opportunity to adopt a plant to plant into our Sensory Garden.  This was a wonderful activity and many children took up the opportunity to plant their own indigenous plant.  The idea is then that the children care for the plant and watch it grow over the years.  We have now planted over 700 indigenous plants into our new garden.

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Berwick Lodge Primary School – Our New Sensory Garden 2016

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Posted by Mrs McCrum | Posted in community event, Donations, Environment, Garden, Grants, Parents, recycling, Students, Working Bee | Posted on December 8, 2016

This year we have started building our new Sensory Garden.  This is a garden that will stimulate and calm the senses through seeing, touching, smelling, hearing and tasting.  We started the first stage of the garden after receiving a grant from the City of Casey and the RACV.  With volunteer help from staff and parents we began the first part of removing the soil to develop the layout.  Andy Coupar from Eskape landscapes designed the garden and Ryan Johnston from Coates hire generously donated the earth moving equipment to begin the garden.  The children all had the opportunity to adopt a plant and we have planted over 700 indigenous plants into the garden.  We look forward to seeing the next stage of the garden completed.

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Berwick Lodge Primary School Garden Club Excursion to Yellingbo Nature Reserve 13th October 2016

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Posted by Mrs McCrum | Posted in community event, Environment, Garden, Indiginous Plants, Parents, Students | Posted on December 8, 2016

On Thursday 13th October 2016, 52 very enthusiastic garden club students went to Yellingbo Nature Reserve to learn about the critically endangered Helmeted Honey Eater.  On the day the students planted over 600 indigenous plants, learnt about the habitat of the Helmeted Honey Eater including nests, food and predators.  It was a wonderful day and the children had some amazing questions they asked of the education officer James.  It was a great opportunity to learn more about our school logo and ways that we can work to help it survive in the wild.

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Berwick Lodge Garden Club Cooking 2016

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Posted by Mrs McCrum | Posted in Cooking, Garden, Harvesting, Herbs, Students | Posted on December 8, 2016

Throughout winter students from our Garden Club enjoyed the opportunity to cook produce harvested from the School Community Garden.  We cooked a range of foods including fried rice, zucchini soup, egg plant fritters and vegetable muffins.   We loved harvesting, chopping, grating, slicing and then tasting what we had cooked.  It was wonderful to see the students trying foods which they had never eaten before, especially egg plant fritters!

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Planet Ark Day 29th July 2016

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Posted by Mrs McCrum | Posted in community event, Donations, Environment, Garden, Indiginous Plants, Parents, Students | Posted on December 8, 2016

We had a whole school “Colour Day” in support of our Planet Ark Day on Friday 29th July 2016.  On this day we planted lots of seeds, seedlings and 100 indigenous plants.  Grades made recycled pots from newspaper and we began planting in the new Sensory garden.

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Berwick Lodge Primary School Memorial Garden

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Posted by Mrs McCrum | Posted in Art work, community event, Donations, Garden, Grants, Parents, Students | Posted on December 8, 2016

This year we have constructed a very special Memorial Garden which has been the focal point during both our ANZAC Day and Remembrance Day services.  The Memorial garden was constructed through the generosity of a few dads – Brett Fritzlaff, Luke MacKenzie who paved the area and we wish to also thank Phoenix stone for supporting the project.  Both Brett and Luke gave up quite a few weekends and time after school to complete the project.  Andy Coupar prepared the area, poured the slab and constructed the garden, seats and ANZAC feature.  Ryan Johnston provided the Dingo digger from Coates Hire. We thank them all for their assistance.  The project was completed with the assistance of an ANZAC Centenary Grant from the State Government.  The official opening of the garden was by Judith Graley MP and also attended by representatives from the Berwick RSL.  The RSL very generously supported the project by donating the conflict signs and also the sign to inform the community about the significance of the area as a soldier settlement after the war.  Other signage includes information about William Donovan Joynt who received the Victorian Cross and resided within Berwick.  The Memorial Garden is a beautiful space for all to reflect and remember those who have served.

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