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Cycle to School

There has been such a good turn out for Cycle to School this year, with parents, pupils and teachers choosing two wheels to make their journey to school. The last date is after half term, on Thursday 8th June, so sign up now to be part of it!

Send your pictures to Mr Boynes of your experience to be included on the Eco blog.

Gardening club hots up

Inspired by the gorgeous weather, we decided to make garlic bread in the outdoors using the pizza oven. We used our ‘Holme Grown’ garlic and parsley to make a garlic butter sauce. The children used a mortar and pestle to crush the garlic and then stirred the ingredients together to then spread across the bread. We then waited whilst the bread toasted in the pizza oven before getting to take these delicious treats home to eat with our evening meals.

The children even did their own washing up!

What a lovely way to end this half term with fantastic young gardeners. Thank you for all of your help 🙂

This week in Gardening Club…

We have been sowing more seeds to prepare for the Summer Fete and collecting herbs to give to the Kitchen Staff.

If anyone has any empty jam jars, please could they bring them to Miss Carberry as Gardening Club need them prior to the Summer Fayre.

Thank you to Emily for the photographs this week. 🙂

Our Eco Buildings

Energy Alert

As a school we are very proud of our ability to create our own energy. These fantastic clips filmed with a drone show how we do it using solar panels without spoiling the look of the school.

Schoolhaus Aerial Footage from Chris Johnson on Vimeo.

We have had a delivery…

We have had another Spring Delivery won in a competition with Rocket Gardens. This included cabbages, green beans, a variety of lettuce leaves, beetroots, carrots, leeks, strawberries and potatoes.

These have all been potted or plants in beds this week by 3 Beech.

The Gardening Gurus have now harvested all the radishes and chives that we have grown and delivered these to the kitchen to be used in school lunches this week.

Welcome the Summer Term Gardening Gurus

Welcome back to a new and wonderful term in the Polytunnel.

Firstly, we have a brand new team of Gardening Gurus who are keen and enthusiastic gardeners. This is tremendous because this is the term in which we can really begin to grow and harvest lots of different plants, fruits and vegetables.

When we entered the Polytunnel on Monday we were very excited – our seedlings had grown massive! We have giant pumpkin plants growing, courgettes, garlic, strawberry plants and radishes.

Before we could begin harvesting, we had lots of weeding to catch up on as stinging nettles are trying to take over our beds. Lara, Emily and James were experts in removing the weeds to allow our plants to gain the most nutrients from the soil. We also had to top up some beds with more soil which Georgia, Maddie and Stanley were helpful in organising. James and Jyran helped Mrs Lucas to plant the rhubarb into our outdoor bed so fingers crossed we will have huge rhubarb plants in the months to come.

We we had a lovely first session this week, especially listening to Emily singing her way around the Polytunnel.

Thank you to all of my new Gardening Gurus and a special thank you to Esha for the photography.

Lots of people tried our radishes during lunchtime today and the feedback was that they were delicious.
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 There has been good news and not so good news this week…

The good news is that we have created new beds for our raspberry, blackberry, gooseberry and tayberry bushes located outside the front of the Polytunnel.

The unfortunate news is that some creatures (likely to have beaks) have entered the Polytunnel, when we left the doors open on the sunny days last week, and eaten our peas, courgettes and beans. Luckily we had the excellent Gardening Gurus to resow the lost seeds and transfer the remaining plants into beds.

Holme Grange Bees

The bees are making honey and they LOVE eating icing sugar 🙂

Safe travel assembly coming up…

The Eco Warriors are working on preparing an assembly about safe travel out on the roads.

Tilly has written the script, Emilia has produced a powerpoint presentation and 8 of the Eco Warriors are going to help present our ideas to the rest of the school.

On Tuesday Mr Konig, our Eco Governor visited our weekly meeting to see how we were getting on with preparing the assembly and had lots of good things to say about it as well as some suggestions.

The Warriors are keen to encourage safety on the roads in the run up to the Cycle to School days in the Summer term.

It’s hotting up!

Thank goodness the temperature is getting warmer!

We have been able to harvest our leeks this week and give them to the kitchen to cook us up some delicious food.

We have planted some more seeds this week including french beans, peas, cucumbers and radishes.