Veggie garden – our whole school’s project.

When we started school this year our poor veggie beds were all tired and dried up. Instead of having the parents prepare the garden beds for the students, we decided to give the children agency over their own veggie patch. Every student from every year level has been involved in this project- digging out the…

Rosemary sachets

Another thing we did for the Twilight Market was harvest and dry the abundant Rosemary from our garden in order to make Rosemary sachets. This project was done with the 1-2-3’s and couldn’t have been completed without the help of our generous parents who came and helped out the little hands with the sewing. I…

Eco printing

Last year as part of our Twilight Market preparations, the 4-5-6’s were introduced to the technique of eco printing, which means directly applying plant material to either paper or fabric in order to alter the color and create different patterns and designs. Some students were involved in the foraging of plant material around the Merri…

Welcome back plus recap!

Hello everyone! I hope you are all as excited to be back as I am. Unfortunately our poor garden didn’t survive the summer heat but before I show you what we’ve started doing with the students this year, I would like to present you with a few pictures of some great and fun projects the…

Prep students have been busy making and looking after their grass heads. Students are encouraged to water them regularly and give them a hair cut when needed. Preps were also the first ones to use our new kitchen! Very exciting!! They made a broad bean dip with broad beans that were previously harvested from our…

What do you do with an abundance of Rosemary?

Being such a prolific crop, Rosemary is the one plant you can always count on for abundance. Which is why Bicicleta have started making little Rosemary sachets to be sold at the Twilight Market. Much like it’s cousin, the Lavender, Rosemary sachets are great for putting in your wardrobes and drawers as they not only…

Painting with plant material

Building on our nature observation from the previous class, Alveare students were invited to experiment painting with plant material – there were flowers, beetroot, radishes, leaves, bark, and some went as far as crushing rocks into fine dust and mixing it with water so as to obtain a dark water colour. Plants were rubbed, crushed,…

Nature observations

A couple of weeks ago Alveare and Bicicleta both went outside for some nature observation. Before going outside students were shown different ways in which nature has been depicted – from cave drawings to computer illustrations, tapestry, carving and free hand drawing. We then took our water colours and coloured pencils and each child picked…

Meet and Greet: Our Hot House Monitors

I am very excited to present to you our amazing hot house monitors. These children have been looking after our seedlings and garden beds while the irrigation system was down and continue to look out for sick plants. They are extremely resourceful, inventing their own mini irrigation systems, turning gum nuts into tiny planters and…

Spring is here!

Spring has arrived and so all the little seeds we have sown in the hot houses are slowly being transplanted into our garden beds. Students ripped old winter plants, emptied one of the compost heaps into the various garden beds, tilled, aired and watered the soil, which was later mulched, ready for our little hot…

Term 3: Insect hotel and group projects

This term Alveare, Biccicleta and Terra Verde students have shown their building skills and their great ability to work in teams. Students were assigned groups and were given 4 pieces of wood, out of which they have had to build a small insect hotel to be hung somewhere in the school’s premises. Children have shown…

Biodiversity and litter audit

As part of our 5 green star school rating students took part in different audits. Su Nei Cieli were in charge of the biodiversity audit, where they examined the different habitats and the number of trees on the school ground, as well as looked into the different weeds and undergrowth. Alveare participated in the litter…