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


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.

Berwick Lodge Primary School garden awards are in the local paper! 22nd November 2018.


Posted by Mrs McCrum | Posted in Award, community event, Garden, Students | Posted on November 22, 2018

We were thrilled to have an article about our achievements at the Victorian Schools Garden Awards in our local Berwick Star newspaper today on page 9.  If you missed the article, please see below, courtesy of the Berwick Star Newspaper.

Berwick Lodge PS garden impresses

Berwick Lodge Primary School wins top garden award! 15th November 2018


Posted by Mrs McCrum | Posted in Award, community event, Donations, Environment, Garden, Parents, Students | Posted on November 16, 2018

On Thursday 15th November Daisy and Joshua our school captains, Leyla, Ruby and Tyler our Helmeted Honeyeater ambassadors, Thiseni, Tess, Jensen and Felix our garden club members along with Mrs. McCrum and Nicole, a parent helper,  attended the Victorian Schools Garden Awards at the Royal Botanical Gardens Melbourne.  We enjoyed participating in a smoking ceremony welcoming us to the gardens and then the award presentations started.  Our school won a regional garden award which we were very excited about.  Towards the end of the ceremony, we were announced as a state award winner and had to stand out the front with two other schools.  They then announced the top winning school in Victoria.  WE WON the Kevin Heinze Perpetual Development award for our outstanding gardens.  We were thrilled to win this award from all of the government, independent and catholic schools across Victoria.  Our students were wonderful ambassadors for our school.  We received three award certificates and the perpetual plaque which we get to display proudly at our school for the next year. We received vouchers totaling $3350 to put towards future garden developments. What an amazing achievement!

Thank you to everyone who has assisted over the past 4 1/2 years with our garden projects.  We have amazing and beautiful garden spaces for our students and community to enjoy including our Sensory Garden, Community Garden, Memorial Garden and our new development – Our Outdoor Common Room!  We are all very proud for receiving such a prestigious award and thank you to the Victorian Schools Garden Awards, judges, sponsors, parents, teachers, students and our community for supporting our garden projects.

At the Victorian Schools Garden Awards.

The smoking ceremony to welcome us to the gardens.

Our school captains with two of our awards.

WE WON the top garden award – the Kevin Heinze Perpetual Development award!

Planting plants.

Look at our cool hats!

Enjoying the Children’s Garden.

Berwick Lodge Primary School receives a Regional Garden Award 2018


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 Outdoor Common Room Garden Project – 2018


Posted by Mrs McCrum | Posted in Award, Donations, Environment, Garden, Grants, recycling, Students | Posted on August 2, 2018

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!


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


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


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.


The winning scarecrow from 4K.

The winning scarecrow from 4K.

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


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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