Community Garden Working Bee 22nd March 2019


Posted by Mrs McCrum | Posted in community event, Environment, Garden, Parents, Students, Working Bee | Posted on March 26, 2019

On Friday 22nd March we held our first working bee of the year in the Community Garden.  We had a very warm afternoon to work in the garden and had a wonderful turn up of new and old faces.  A very BIG THANKYOU to Leila, Emily, Jamie, Diana, Kat, Leo, Martin, Jacob, Claire, Mary, Clifford, Ange, Louis, Kaye, Jen, Ava, Armp, Aiden, Leah, Craig, Sienna, Harley, Isabella, Alliya, Emily, Steph, Euan, Felix, Miss Reynolds, Monica, Evelyn, Rachael, Gemma, Emily, Christini and Noah all assisted with weeding and tidying the garden.  The children loved collecting lots of snails, discovering some plants growing and finding worms.  We achieved a lot in just over an hour.  Many hands do make light work! At the very end, we had more than 15 beautiful Rainbow Lorikeets visit the garden.  I look forward to working with everyone again later in the year!  Thanks everyone, Mrs. McCrum.

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 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.

New Garden – Outdoor Common Room has started! 10th November 2018.


Posted by Mrs McCrum | Posted in community event, Environment, Garden, Grants, Indiginous Plants, Parents, recycling, Students | Posted on November 16, 2018

Over the weekend, our new garden space between the grade 4 portables and grade 5/6 building was started.  This space will include pathways, seating, tee pees, marble run, Jenga, naughts and crosses, blackboard and beautiful plants supplied by Warner’s nursery.  We look forward to planting our new space in the near future.

Helmeted Honeyeater ambassadors visit Healesville Sanctuary – 8th November 2018


Posted by Mrs McCrum | Posted in Environment, Helmeted Honeyeater, Students | Posted on November 15, 2018

On Thursday 8th November we went to Healesville Sanctuary where we saw heaps of animals and a whole lot of birds. We went behind the scenes in a non-public area where we learnt how the HeHo (which is short for Helmeted Honeyeater) birds’ nests were made and about the breeding season which starts in August through to March which is 7 MONTHS! Did you know that the HEHO helpers supplied their nesting materials such as dingo fur, emu feathers,
twigs or sticks, and spider webs to stick it all together?

We also went to a bird show which was so much fun. The zookeeper’s showed all of us the Australian Birds and they flew over our heads which was pretty scary. Most of the birds were Owls, Parrots, Eagles and Cockatoos. Next we went to a dark enclosed area where we got to see a whole lot of Australian platypuses and big ugly, giant, fat fish and yabbies. We saw kangaroos, wallabies, wombats, possums, emus and lots of other Australian animals.  We saw the Helmeted Honeyeater up close and it has a long, sticky tongue which it can put inside flowers to eat the nectar. It is a very fast bird and hard to see when it is in the bush. There are a few predators including the brown goshawk, foxes, snakes, goannas and other birds including miner and bell birds. They compete for territory and food.

Our school is part of the fighting extinction program as we are helping to look after the environment in which the Helmeted Honeyeater lives.We have really enjoyed being Helmeted Honeyeater ambassadors this year and planting plants, harvesting seeds, learning about the habitat and how we can help with educating people about the critically endangered species. Thanks to Cecila and the friends of Yellingbo for allowing us to visit and learn about the bird. It has been a great experience. Your ambassadors: Leyla, Nathan, Ruby and Tyler

Ambassadors looking at the emu!

Sleepy koala.

Leyla hanging out in the kangaroo pouch.

Ruby hanging out in the kangaroo pouch.

Look at what the Helmeted Honeyeater nest is made from.

Can you see me?

Can you see its tongue?

Baby Helmeted Honeyeaters in their nest.

Berwick Lodge Gardens Working Bees 26th and 27th October 2018


Posted by Mrs McCrum | Posted in community event, Environment, Garden, Parents, Students, Working Bee | Posted on October 31, 2018

A very BIG THANKYOU to the families and students who assisted in our Community Garden on Friday afternoon and in our Sensory Garden on Saturday morning.  We had a great time and achieved a lot!  Thanks to Miss Reynolds, Emily F, Jamie F, Diana G, Mrs Weber, Mr. Weber, Ana D, Tilly G, Rhys V, Mannat K, Wil C, Kiara C, Alana S, Emily J, Ava D, Toonga D, Stephanie P, Jerry W, Ivy S, Blake S, Felix S, Rachel W, Miss Craig, Paul M, Lara M, Chad M, Christine M, Narelle R, Tess H, Georgie C, Leigh C, Tyler C, Laura C, Angela G, Louis L and Mr. Kelly.  Your help and assistance was wonderful and we achieved a great deal.  Please wander through the Community and Sensory Garden and have a look at how much things have grown.

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 Helmeted Honeyeater ambassador excursion 11th October 2018


Posted by Mrs McCrum | Posted in community event, Environment, Garden, Helmeted Honeyeater, Indiginous Plants, Students | Posted on October 18, 2018

On Thursday 11th October the Helmeted Honeyeater ambassadors – Leyla, Nathan, Ruby and Tyler went to Yellingbo nature reserve to plant plants with Cecilia the education officer.  We planted 600 plants near Sheep Station Creek Road. We were planting the plants to make more habitat for the Helmeted Honeyeater. We were planting right next to the creek in the bush. We were planting in an enclosed fenced off area.  The fence was taller than Nathan and it was built to protect the plants from deer, wallabies and kangaroos. If there was no fence, these animals would eat all the plants we planted.  Macclesfield and Chum Creek Primary School were planting with us.  We planted a range of trees, shrubs and grasses.  These plants will assist the Helmeted Honeyeater in the future by being food, shelter, areas to nest or protect them from predators.  There are approximately 200 Helmeted Honeyeaters in the Yellingbo area.  Cecilia, the education officer taught us about the habitat that the bird lives in and many interesting facts.  It is currently breeding season which lasts for about 7 to 8 months.  They have had 7 fledglings this year so far. Fledglings are baby birds.  Lead beater possums are also an endangered species which lives in similar habitat to the Helmeted Honeyeater. We had a fantastic day and learnt lots.  We look forward to visiting Healesville Sanctuary on our next excursion and seeing how they breed the Helmeted Honeyeater in captivity.

Your ambassadors – Leyla, Nathan, Ruby and Tyler.

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 Sensory Garden looks amazing!


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?


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