I had the great opportunity to visit some inspirational schools on Friday the 4th of May with Brett and Deidre. We first visited Wendouree Primary school which has an amazing Stephanie Alexander kitchen garden. Including a fantastic pizza oven and greenhouse made out of plastic bottles! We were shown around their school by their kitchen garden student leaders and were treated to some amazing muffins and biscuits made in the kitchen. Richard Bellimo a garden planner and landscaper who works in schools, gave us some inspiration for our revegetation projects. His school gardens included use of native plants, areas for passive and active use and natural play using rocks, logs, tracks and nooks. He also includes wetlands and small streams.
We then visited Ballarat Special school farm. It was so impressive to see the students talking so knowledgably about their garden, orchard and animals (including sheep, goats, chickens and pigs). The school also runs a cafe which is open to the public and teaches the students skills and confidence with working with the wider community.
We finished off the day at the Ballarat Botanical gardens where we had a chance to make seed bombs and learnt how to make newspaper pots! We also talked about how time in nature is so important for kids.
Some key things to come out of the day were:
-Volunteers are key (parents and wider community members) and should be appreciated!
-Start with a mud map (conceptual plan) of what you want to achieve. This may be 5-10 years in to the future as well as short term goals.
-The importance of green spaces for children to play and ‘be kids’. Spending time in nature enchances educational outcomes, behaviour and love of learning.
It was such a fantastic day and very inspirational to meet other educators from other schools, share ideas and see some amazing schools in action.
Last year our very talented Grade 5 students took part in the Barwon Estuary Project. Led by their teachers and a fantastic bunch of local volunteers. Students completed activities in their chosen area focussing on the Barwon Estuary. The result is this fantastic diary which has been given to all students in the school. Thanks to everyone involved and Bendigo Bank for helping make this happen! I know our new Grade 5’s are looking forward to taking part in 2018!
Riding a bike is great fun! It’s good for you and it’s a great way to get to places without using your car. Write down some tips to keep yourself safe when riding your bike. What was your favourite activity? Post a comment!
On Wednesday Deidre and Margaret from Barwon Heads Sustainability Group gave up their time to help us pot some basil, capsicum and tomatoes for our own gardens. They gave us some great tips and taught us how to do it correctly! If you were explaining to someone how to pot a seedling, how would you explain it? Post a comment below!
Nude food Tuesdays is back at BHPS! Make sure you bring nude food everyday but especially on Tuesdays! The Eco Warriors will be coming around during lunch to give out house points to students with no plastic packaging!
Have a look at these animal videos from ABC splash. Record some facts and share some information that you’ve learned!
You’re job for reading activites this week is to have a look at ABC Splash’s curious kids. Find out the answers to why we cry and if worms have tongues. Post a comment about what you have learnt for the rest of the class.
Oskar Gustaffson in Grade 5 has started his own blog. Reviewing books that don’t get as much attention as others! Click on the link below and have a look at Oskar’s blog. If you could start your own blog what would it be about? Post a comment below!
On Sunday the 19th many teachers, parents and students came in to school for the working bee! Lots of jobs got done around the school. In the garden we were busy getting the worm farms ready, preparing the veggie boxes by adding mushoroom mulch and manure to give the plants good conditions to grow in. Once we did this we put down pea straw to keep in the moisture. Click on the link below. So many videos about gardens and schools that have amazing spaces! Watch some videos and write down some tips that will help our garden. I’d love to hear about chickens especially!
There is a new campaign called ‘Share our shores’ its all about our rights and responsibilities of using our beautiful beaches that we are lucky to have here on the Bellarine Peninsula.
🐥there is an event being held this Saturday from 2-4 pm and on Monday the 20th from 7-9pm at the pavilion 50 shell road ocean grove.
😎this event encourages dog owners and non dog owners to come along and discuss how we can use the beaches responsibly and in a respectful manner.
🐥you will be able to have a one on one time to talk to the organisation after they have made their presentations.
😎some organisations attending this event are
🐥Barwon coast who were the organisation that told us about this event, city of greater Geelong, Victoria police and cherished pets.
😎make sure if you want to come along RSVP to www.barwoncoast.com.au/shareourshores or call 5254 1118
There are posters around the school with more information if you would like to be involved.