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The Story of the Flanders Poppy

The seeds of the Flanders Poppy (Papaver rhoeas) had lay dormant on the front lines of France until 1915 when they were disturbed by the soldiers fighting in World War 1.  Every year for the next four, the Poppies grew and their flowers lay like a red blanket across the fields on which the soldiers fought.  They also flowered in Turkey when the ANZAC’s landed at Gallipoli.

The flowers of the Flanders Poppy are now a poignant reminder of the fallen soldiers on both Remembrance Day (11 November) and on Anzac Day (25 April) in Australia.  They are worn with pride, used in wreaths and sold to raise funds for charities that support returned solders.

Our Garden has Poppy flowers that appear every October to November. These seeds were bought back from Canberra while the year 7s were visiting about 5 years ago.

A Poppy found in our Edible Garden. Keep your eyes peeled in the coming weeks, for more flowers
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Ways to help keep your Child’s hair safe.

Head Lice Prevention is key!

7 Crucial Steps to Keep Your School Head Lice Free: 

1. Check hair regularly

2. Avoid sharing clothing: especially hats, ribbons, head bands and helmets

3. Discourage children from playing with each other’s hair

4. Don’t share brushes, combs, towels and pillows

5. Keep long hair plaited or firmly tied back to prevent contact from other kids

6. Use our pesticide free KP24 RAPID Head Lice Defence Spray.

7. If lice infestations does occur, apply a treatment product from the KP24 Rapid or Medicated range as directed.

Posted in Digital Technologies

MILKWEED BUGS

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 Jess , Rylee , Beau and Jimmy (Prue’s Year 3 class)
Milkweed bugs are often found in our Stephanie Alexander Kitchen Garden.

They live in milkweed plants and trees near leaves .

They are about 1-2cm long.

They are black and orange (or black and red).

The food that they eat are milkweed seeds, they suck juice out of milkweed plants.  They eat with their proboscis tube. They like milkweed seeds the most .

Some insects are helpful to gardeners and some are a pest. Milkbugs are nothing to worry about.Milkweed bugs don’t sting but they are poisonous. You can not get harmed by these beetles.

They lay eggs which turn into more milkweed bugs .

If you look closely there is a milking on the sleeve of this jumper

This was researched and published in Digital Technologies Class with Mrs Pooley. 

Students were learning about how data can be represented in different ways. A QR code is a different way of representing data, and this will be linked to a QR code that can be scanned in the garden. 

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Grounds Working Bee

Today we had a small group assist in tidying up some of the gardens at school in preparation for a busy term 4.

Our helpers were…..
-Wendy (our new granny again!! Congratulations)
-Nigel, Emma & Jack
-Matt, Martina, Scarlett & Violet
-Dan & Karla
-Renee, Jagger, Jamieson & Jimmi
-Mike & Charlie

And a very special mention to Cherron & Cameron for the very yummy chocolate muffins.

It was a fantastic effort by the group & We managed to get the following done today…..
– mowed grass boundary around oval, along footpath, back neighbours fences & along the reserve. (The neighbours thanked Mike for his efforts!)
– slashed weeds in Pipe Garden, Isabella’s Garden, & Edible Garden.
– gave the chooks a few barrow loads of greens from the gardens.
– picked up broken glass from a smashed bottle in the shed on the oval & a glass window pane that had been smashed all over the netball courts last Wednesday night.
We are slowly getting on top of the weeds & are hopeful of the kids having a great term  learning in the garden.
Our next Working Bees are planned for Sunday 3rd November & 8th December. Let’s start promoting these dates now to hopefully get a good turn out!
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Tomatoes

 

by Della, Jack, Ava and Finn (Year 3 Prue’s Class)

We grow tomatoes in our Stephanie Alexander Kitchen Garden. We plant tomatoes in the spring. The are ready to pick in Summer.

Tomatoes are an edible fruit that lots of people like.

Most people don’t know that they are a fruit!

The tomato has seeds and grow from a flowering plant, so botanically it is classed as a fruit not a vegetable.

Tomatoes contain two pigments for the photosynthesis chlorophyll which is green and lycopene which is red. When tomatoes start to grow they contain much less lycopene then chlorophyll which gives them their green colour.

There are lots of different types of tomatoes but lots of peoples favourite type of tomato is the cherry tomato. Cherry tomatoes are red and small.

DID YOU KNOW?

THEY ORIGINATED IN THE SOUTH AMERICAN ANDES AROUND THE AREA OF MODERN DAY PERU! THEY WERE FIRST USED AS A FOOD BY THE AZTECS IN SOUTHERN MEXICO.

The tomatoes in our garden will be planted in Term 4 this year.

 

This was researched and published in Digital Technologies Class with Mrs Pooley. 

Students were learning about how data can be represented in different ways. A QR code is a different way of representing data, and this will be linked to a QR code that can be scanned in the garden. 

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Bee Facts

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Ollie, Raph, Kallum and Zac (Prue’s Year 3 Class)

 

Bees are very important insects that help us produce food to eat. Honey bees harvest nectar and pollen from flowering plants.

In our garden we often see bees on the fruit trees, flowers and roses.

This is the cherry tree in our garden. If you look closely there is a bee on the blossom.

 

 

 

Bees live in hives with one queen and a colony. The queen is the largest bee in the colony and she is the only one that lays eggs. Workers do different jobs. It is totally dark inside the hive and bees are almost deaf so they rely on touch and sense for communication.

Workers do complicated dances to give messages to each other about where there are flowers full of honey.

Here is another bee.

 

 

 

 

 

This was researched and published in Digital Technologies Class with Mrs Pooley. 

Students were learning about how data can be represented in different ways. A QR code is a different way of representing data, and this will be linked to a QR code that can be scanned in the garden.