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 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?


Helmeted Honeyeater Ambassadors Second excursion to Yellingbo Nature Reserve.


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

On the 24th August our four Helmeted Honeyeater ambassadors – Nathan, Leyla, Ruby and Tyler enjoyed visiting the Yellingbo community nursery to work with Cecilia the education officer and Michele, the horticulturalist.  They planted seeds, seedlings and learnt about the native habitat that the critically endangered species lives within.  It was a wonderful day for everyone!

Ambassadors with Michele in the hot house.

Planting seedlings.

Ruby and Leyla had a great day!

Nathan and Tyler had a great day!

Looking at different seeds.

Collecting seeds.

Some seeds are very small!

Collecting seed pods from gum tree branches.

Leyla collecting seed pods from branches.

Sorting and collecting seeds.

Looking at different seeds with Cecilia. 

Spring Planting in Community Garden


Posted by Mrs McCrum | Posted in Environment, Garden, Herbs, Students | Posted on September 18, 2018

This week many grades have enjoyed planting in the Community Garden.  We have been weeding grade boxes and planting a variety of vegetables and herbs.  Kasandra from Bunnings Fountain Gate assisted our Prep students to plant.  2E and other grades enjoyed planting lots of vegetables and learning about worms. We have enjoyed exploring the garden and investigating what is growing.

Raking the garden path.

Watering our new plants.

Look at us all planting! What fun we had working in the garden!

Planting lots of vegetables.

Planting some vegetables.

Weeding all the boxes!

2E enjoyed planting their grade boxes.

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:

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.


Helmeted Honeyeater Ambassadors 2018 – First visit to Yellingbo Nature Reserve


Posted by Mrs McCrum | Posted in Environment, Helmeted Honeyeater, Indiginous Plants, Students | Posted on June 8, 2018

 On Thursday the 7th of June we went to Yellingbo Nature Reserve with Mrs. McCrum to learn about the Helmeted Honeyeater. The abbreviation for Helmeted Honeyeater is HEHO. We walked through the forest and saw 6 to 8 Helmeted Honeyeaters.  They were very fast at flying and even though they have yellow feathers they were hard to see as they were camouflaged in the bush. We saw lots of different trees, habitat and different types of bushes they eat.  In Yellingbo nature reserve there are approximately 200 birds in the wild. The HEHO is a critically endangered species of bird.The Helmeted honeyeater has a yellow helmet of feathers on his head.  The bristles on its tongue help it suck up nectar from the flowers and tree sap. Their babies eat little grubs for protein and vitamins. They use metal coloured bands around their legs to tell which bird is which and also which family they come from. Binoculars helped us to identify the bird by looking for the coloured leg bands. Cecilia, the educator from the ‘Friends of the Helmeted Honeyeater’ taught us about the feeding station.  We were very lucky and got to walk down to the creek and see the feeding stations. The HEHO gets fed wombaroo by volunteers.  Wombaroo is a nectar the birds eat. They clean the feeding station with vinegar as this is a natural cleaning solution. Bleach and other cleaning products are poisonous for the wildlife. The green army are volunteers who plant lots of trees and bushes for the bird. The Friends of the Helmeted Honeyeater are always looking for more volunteers.  If you want to volunteer, please contact the ‘Friends of the Helmeted Honeyeater’.  We had a great day! Written by Leyla, Nathan and Ruby – 2018 ambassadors. (Tyler was away today). 

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 Primary School Helmeted Honeyeater Ambassador Program 2017


Posted by Mrs McCrum | Posted in community event, Environment, Helmeted Honeyeater, Students | Posted on December 19, 2017

Our Helmeted Honeyeater ambassadors (Max, Chelsea, Malaika and Lachlan) have had a wonderful year planting plants at Yellingbo, learning about the critically endangered species and assisting with educating our community about the impact we have on the environment.  The final activity for the year was a visit to Healesville sanctuary to learn about the breeding program and go behind the scenes to see the Helmeted Honeyeater up close.  The ambassadors watched via closed circuit TV as the Helmeted Honeyeater cared for their  young and sat on the nest. Cecilia, the education officer from Yellingbo visited our school to be interviewed for our school radio program.  We have had a very excting year and look forward to continuing the ambassador program in 2018.

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