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.

Outdoor Common Room pallet seating and marble run!


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 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 Receive a Junior Landcare Biodiversity Grant!


Posted by Mrs McCrum | Posted in Donations, Environment, Grants | Posted on September 19, 2018

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!

Junior Landcare Biodiversity Grant 2018

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 are the recipients of Garden Grants for 2018


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

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:

Sensory Garden Stage 3 before development.

Sensory Garden

Grade 5 classroom – Outdoor space before development


Grade 5 outdoor common room space before development

Planet Ark National Tree Day – Friday 27th July 2018.


Posted by Mrs McCrum | Posted in community event, Donations, Environment, Garden, Indiginous Plants, Parents, recycling, Students | Posted on August 2, 2018

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.


Berwick Lodge Primary School Community Garden Working Bee 16th March 2018


Posted by Mrs McCrum | Posted in community event, Donations, Environment, Garden, Parents, Working Bee | Posted on March 21, 2018

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!

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!

Planet Ark National Tree Day 2017


Posted by Mrs McCrum | Posted in community event, Donations, Environment, Garden, Students, Uncategorized | Posted on August 23, 2017

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!

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