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!

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

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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.

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 Outdoor Common Room Garden Project – 2018

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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

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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.

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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 – 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.

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