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…

Twilight Market

On our last week of term 3 we were lucky to have some parents come and help repot the generous cuttings many of you donated for the twilight market. Thank you to everyone who lent a helping hand or a healthy looking cutting! Cheers!

Term 2 :: Insects!

During this term we looked at the insect world around us. 123 students built on their previous knowledge regarding insects. We named the insects that we know, drew them and imagined what a day in the life of such insect might look like. We studied different local insects thanks to City of Melbourne’s Urban diversity…

Term 1 :: Growing.

During the first term we discussed what is a garden, what belongs in there and what doesn’t. 123 students had the opportunity of drawing and mapping out what they would like the school’s garden to look like. We looked at seeds, how they vary in sizes and shapes, how some are edible and dissected various…

Better late than never

Hello BEPS community. My sincerest apologies for not having posted anything earlier, but I am here now and I promise to upload blogs and images of what we have been doing for the past year during our gardening classes. It has been a wonderful year so far, getting to know the students, the staff and…