Our new ‘Outdoor Common Room’ garden has been planted! Monday 10th December 2018

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Posted by Mrs McCrum | Posted in Art work, Award, community event, Donations, Environment, Furniture, Garden, Grants, Parents, recycling, Students, Timber | Posted on December 14, 2018

What a wonderful afternoon we had planting the $2000 worth of plants that Warner’s Nursery have very kindly given to our school when we received the Victorian Schools Garden Award Grant earlier in the year.  We were thrilled to see such a beautiful variety of ground covers, shrubs and some established trees.  Our 90 grade 5 students all had the opportunity to plant a plant each within the new Outdoor Common Room garden space.  With the assistance of Ian, Andrew and Bonnie from Warner’s, the plants were placed and the planting began.  Thank you to Warner’s for supplying us with such beautiful plants!  They look amazing within the garden.  Thank you to Andy, Nicole and Ruby Coupar for assisting with planting.  Thank you to the parents, teachers and staff who also assisted the students to plant the garden.  It looks amazing!  We can’t wait until all the other items are installed including: giant marble run, Jenga, dominoes, blackboard, tee pees, mindfulness spaces and seats.  It is going to be a wonderful transformation of what was a very plain area.

Outdoor Common Room pallet seating and marble run!

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Posted by Mrs McCrum | Posted in Art work, Donations, Furniture, Garden, Parents, recycling, Students, Timber | Posted on December 14, 2018

Thank you to Matt and Jarrod McCrum for building two recycled pallet seats for our students to use within the new garden space.  Thank you to Andy Coupar for building a giant marble run which has been constructed with PVC plumbers pipe.  Thank you to Nicole and Ruby Coupar and some of the Art club students for painting both the pallet seats and marble run. We also now have outdoor naughts and crosses for the students to enjoy!

They are going to be wonderful within the garden!

Berwick Lodge Primary School receives a Regional Garden Award 2018

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Posted by Mrs McCrum | Posted in Art work, Award, community event, Environment, Garden | Posted on October 18, 2018

This week we received wonderful news that our school is the winner of a regional award from the Victorian School Garden Awards.  We entered two award categories for the Sensory Garden – “Most Engaging Garden for Play” and “Most Engaging Student Garden for Learning”.  This is a fantastic recognition for our beautiful Sensory Garden and our school.  Thanks must be extended to Andy Coupar, a dad at our school for all his hard work in building the garden, Mr. Kelly who assisted myself with a submission for the award and to our community who have supported the project in many different ways to create the beautiful space. We look forward to the awards ceremony which will be held in the Royal Botanical Gardens, Melbourne in November.

Berwick Lodge Primary School Sensory Garden looks amazing!

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Posted by Mrs McCrum | Posted in Art work, Environment, Garden, Grants, Indiginous Plants, recycling, Students, Timber | Posted on September 18, 2018

Our beautiful Sensory Garden is certainly a wonderful space to explore and enjoy.  All our plants are growing and we have a fantastic area to learn, play and discover with nature.  Can you remember what it looked like as the garden was built?

 

Berwick Lodge Primary School Sensory Garden – Merry Christmas from Elf on the shelf 2017!

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Posted by Mrs McCrum | Posted in Art work, community event, Environment | Posted on December 19, 2017

Did you see Elf on the shelf visiting the Sensory Garden?  If you missed out, here are some pictures for you to enjoy! Merry Christmas from everyone at Berwick Lodge Primary School!

Berwick Lodge Primary School – Opening of new Sensory Garden 15th December 2017.

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Posted by Mrs McCrum | Posted in Art work, Award, community event, Donations, Environment, Garden, Helmeted Honeyeater, Indiginous Plants, Parents, recycling, Students, Uncategorized | Posted on December 19, 2017

   

 

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!

Berwick Lodge Primary School Sensory Garden February 2017

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Posted by Mrs McCrum | Posted in Art work, community event, Donations, Furniture, Garden, Grants, Parents, recycling, Students, Timber, Uncategorized, Working Bee | Posted on February 27, 2017

Welcome back to the 2017 school year.  Our new Sensory Garden is taking shape with the  layout almost completed.  We look forward to the students being able to explore the garden in the coming weeks.  The Sensory Garden is built from many recycled materials and all students had the opportunity to ‘adopt a plant’ which they planted within the garden towards the end of 2016.  The Sensory Garden will have plants and materials within the environment which engage the 5 senses including: seeing different plants, colours and movement, hearing different sounds as leaves rustle, plants move and musical instruments chime, touching different textures in the built area which range from smooth to rough, prickly to soft, smelling different scents given off by plants, leaves, soil and water and eventually tasting different native plants.  The garden has been generously supported by the RACV, City of Casey, Coates Hire and the Berwick Lodge Primary School community. Andy Coupar from Eskape Landscapes has designed the layout and constructed the garden utilising the natural fall to create a dry creek bed, jetty, arbour, checker board,  seating and outdoor classroom space. We look forward to seeing the garden evolve as artworks are installed and the students make items to be included in the garden.  Thank you to the fantastic staff who have assisted at working bees and to parents who have donated items and supported the project.

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 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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School Community Garden Scarecrow competition – Friday 11th December 2015

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Posted by Mrs McCrum | Posted in Art work, community event, Environment, Garden, Parents, recycling, Scarecrows, Students | Posted on December 16, 2015

What a wonderful evening we had for our Family Christmas Twilight Picnic.  Each grade made a fantastic recycled scarecrow which are now in the garden.  David Westlake, the Sustainability and Education officer from the City of Casey was our guest judge.  The winning grades were 2S and 3K.  The People’s Choice Award voted by families who attended the evening was 3M’s scarecrow.  The scarecrows all look fantastic in the garden! Thanks to Bunnings Fountain Gate for generously donating each child in the winning grades a native seedling which they can plant at home.

Grade 6G

Grade 6G

Grade Prep T

Grade Prep T

Grade 1F/S

Grade 1F/S

Grade 5K

Grade 5K

Grade 5C

Grade 5C

Grade 3M - People's Choice Award

Grade 3M – People’s Choice Award

Grade 5R

Grade 5R

Grade 6N

Grade 6N

Grade 1C

Grade 1C

Grade Prep M

Grade Prep M

Grade 4K

Grade 4K

Grade 3K

Grade 3K

Grade 2C

Grade 2C

Grade 2C/R

Grade 2C/R

Grade 3S

Grade 3S

Grade 4WP

Grade 4WP

Grade 4T

Grade 4T

Grade Prep Q

Grade Prep Q

Grade 1L

Grade 1L

Grade 2S

Grade 2S

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