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!

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 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.

Community Garden Twilight Open Night 28th November 2014 – Getting Ready!

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Posted by Mrs McCrum | Posted in community event, Donations, Fruit trees, Furniture, Garden, Grants, Herbs, Parents, recycling, Students, Timber, Working Bee | Posted on December 1, 2014

What a wonderful day we had getting ready for our big Twilight Garden Opening night celebration.  The morning started early with a delivery of granitic sand and rocks to top up our paths and dry creek bed.  Andy Coupar our landscaper and wife Nicole were very busy all morning getting things ready.  The excitement was building as we had a steady stream of grades coming to visit the garden and place their class scarecrow into the garden in anticipation of being chosen as the winner.  Trish Luke came down with a few helpers from her class to complete the drawings on the chalkboards and they looked magnificent!  We had a few parents stay and assist, thanks to Toni Sier and Sharon Smiley, your help was greatly appreciated.  Thank you to all of the parents who have helped in many ways within the garden. We weeded, tidied, swept, planted, placed scarecrows and by 2pm our garden was looking amazing. The excitement was building around school as the eager students couldn’t wait until the end of the day to have a look.  We had the official photographer come and take photos at 4pm and the light in the garden was beautiful.  From then on, it was a continuous stream of families turning up in readiness for our opening.  A big thank you to the wonderful staff at BLPS who helped in various ways from cooking sausages on the BBQ, collecting Scarecrows, Setting up Games, organising the choir and Chinese songs, organising the Art Show or assisting in many other ways we are truly lucky to have such dedicated staff who helped to create a wonderful atmosphere at our school.  At 5.45pm Mick Morland, the Mayor for the City of Casey, officially openend our garden with an unveiling of a plaque and cutting of a ribbon.  Our School Captains, Ruby and Kav spoke confidently and represented our school with pride.  The garden opening was a celebration of the achievements of a hard working staff, parents, students and members of our community who assisted in many ways throughout the year to see the project through.  Our school now has a wonderful outdoor learning space that provides different learning opportunities for our students.  Congratulations Berwick Lodge PS on a fantastic team effort!  Visit our BLOG again very soon to see more photos from the night!

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Nicole working hard!

Nicole working hard!

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JSC water feature plaque.

JSC water feature plaque.

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Anyone for a game?

Anyone for a game?

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George Clooney is in our garden!

George Clooney is in our garden!

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1K winning scare crow!

1K winning scare crow!

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6N winning scarecrow!

6N winning scarecrow!

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Andy working hard.

Andy working hard.

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Helping Ms. Luke with the drawings.

Helping Ms. Luke with the drawings.

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Trish Luke working her magic!

Trish Luke working her magic!

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Setting up for the opening.

Setting up for the opening.

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Fairy Garden.

Fairy Garden.

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Our compost bins.

Our compost bins.

Potting Benches.

Potting Benches.

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Mr Grossek - Principal and Sandra McCrum - Garden coordinator.

Mr Grossek – Principal and Sandra McCrum – Garden coordinator.

Our School Captains, Ruby, Kav and Yasmin.

Our School Captains, Ruby, Kav and Yasmin.

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Community Garden 1 sleep until opening! 27th November 2014

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Posted by Mrs McCrum | Posted in Donations, Furniture, Garden, Parents, recycling, Timber | Posted on November 27, 2014

Today we placed mulch in the boxes, planted plants and our first scare crow was placed into a grade box.  Thank you to Neil Davis, a Dad at BLPS who has made a beautiful seat from reclaimed redgum and installed this today.  Thanks to Ned Culibrk and Sharon Smiley for helping as well.  The seat is placed in the garden in memory of Jennie Tranter and offers a place to sit and reflect and enjoy the garden.  Thanks also to Bruce Cusack for fixing our opening plaques in place. Our whole school is excited about the opening and we are all looking forward to enjoying a picnic with our families, listening to the Choir, looking at beautiful art work, playing games, eating sausages and celebrating in the garden.

Bruce fixing the plaques in place.

IMG_2068IMG_2071 Bruce fixing the plaques in place.

 

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Community Garden Working Bee Friday 21st November 2014

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Posted by Mrs McCrum | Posted in community event, Donations, Garden, Parents, recycling, Students, Timber, Working Bee | Posted on November 22, 2014

A BIG THANK YOU to the following people for helping at our last working bee for the year: Bernadette Kelly, Tanya Craig, George Tranter (Dad of Jennie Tranter), Jenni and Damian Miller and their boys Ajay and Beau, Lia Whitelaw and her two children, Max Gay, Nicole and Andy Coupar and daughter Ruby, Sharyn King, Claire Collins, Emma Guthrie, Debbie and Bruce Cusack, Jenny, Georgia and Haddon Passt, Brett Lynn, Robert Kelly, Matthew and Sandra McCrum, and Sarah Tappy.

We had a very busy few hours moving and spreading mulch and granetic sand to finish off our paths and garden beds.  A special THANK YOU to Madeleine McCrum and Cassi Dorian who spent the whole day painting our donated, reclaimed garden shed.  Well done girls it is very colourful and looks fantastic! A BIG THANKYOU to Matthew McCrum who has built three compost bays and our potting benches.  THANK YOU to Damian Miller, Dad and plumber who completed the installation of our tanks. Our Junior School Council fundraised to purchase a special water feature for our garden. This is a windmill and will be driven by a solar pump. THANK YOU Andy Coupar our landscaper, for installing this. He also installed a large rock which will have our opening plaque placed on it. Our garden is looking fabulous and we are all getting very excited now about our Opening night next Friday, 28th November from 5-7pm. The Mayor, Mick Morland will officially open the garden at 5.45pm.

Compost Bays

Compost Bays

Potting Bench

Potting Bench

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Maddy and Casi painting shed

Maddy and Casi painting shed

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Sand delivered

Sand delivered

Grade 3SR planting seedlings

Grade 3SR planting seedlings

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Sharyn King painting blackboards onto the tanks.

Sharyn King painting blackboards onto the tanks.

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Damian the plumber finishing tank connections.

Damian the plumber finishing tank connections.

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Spreading sand for our paths.

Spreading sand for our paths.

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Andy installing the water feature.

Andy installing the water feature.

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Well done Maddy and Casi!

Well done Maddy and Casi!

Noughts and Crosses anyone?

Noughts and Crosses anyone?

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Our Rain Gauge!

Our Rain Gauge!

Taps connected to the tanks.

Taps connected to the tanks.

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Community Garden Sign

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Posted by Mrs McCrum | Posted in Donations, Furniture, Garden, Parents, recycling, Students, Timber, Uncategorized | Posted on November 3, 2014

Look at our fantastic sign for our Berwick Lodge Community Garden!  A big thank you to Ruby and Daisy for creating this for us.

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Community Garden – More timber seats!

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Posted by Mrs McCrum | Posted in Donations, Furniture, Garden, Parents, recycling, Students, Timber, Uncategorized | Posted on July 27, 2014

A big thank you to Chris Ward (Dad to Ally and Tiah) who has just delivered a double lift up seat which he has made for our garden. This will be a seat and also double as storage for tools and gloves.  He has also made us two more stools to be placed in the garden.  Look at Tiah sitting on the seat!  They look amazing!

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Thanks to Tiah’s dad Chris for making us some more seats from recycled pallets.

 

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