Today we went to the garden to plant a mulberry tree.
First we put on our gloves and hats.
Next Troy was digging a big hole to plant the tree.
Then Jahquille and Brendan got the wheelbarrow with horse manure. We broke the manure to see inside, it was just grass.
We put the manure into the hole.
Then Troy was tapping out the plant and then he put it in the hole. He was being careful.
Then we were covering it over.
Troy was watering the plant. We said “Good Luck Mulberry Plant”.
Thankyou and Goodbye.
By Troy and Jahquille
New Doors at Shepherdson
There are some brand new doors on lots of classrooms around Shepherdson College and classes are beginning to create designs to decorate them. Here is the beautiful group effort from Ellemor 1.
The process involved designing the background, which we cut up and painted. Then, in an amazing feat of problem solving and co-operation, we put it back together like a giant jigsaw!!
We then painted and cut out two cockatoos. These represent Dhuwa and Yirritja, the moieties of the Yolngu and are very important symbols culturally and are on our school crest.
Djinangbuy even made a fine paintbrush using a stick and some hair to paint the outlines.
Here is the final design. We can’t wait to see lots of beautiful new paintings around our school.
Today, Ellemor 1 was chopping the trees. We cut down the palm tree because it had bugs in it. Also, it didn’t give us fruit or shade and its roots were going everywhere and stopping the new plants, so we didn’t need it.
The whole class was working hard and showing teamwork. Wendy talked about all the jobs we were going to do and we were choosing which ones we wanted to do. We also thought of new jobs when we got to the garden.
I was getting the vegetables and dead leaves and putting them
in the compost bin. Then I was mixing it. The boys get the big loppers and chop the ugly bush. The girls were chopping the trees into little pieces. Djinangbuy and Wendy were helping too.
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Everyone was feeling good and smiling. After that, we put all the tools in the cupboard and had iceblocks! It was amazing.
By Ciantha and Ellemor 1 class.
We have a problem in our new garden. We do not have the right soil. The soil is dry, light brown, sandy and has no worms. Our pumpkins are little and not growing fast.
We want it to be full of worms, black, wet and full of life. So we looked on the internet and found out about lasagne gardening. This is when you keep putting layers on the garden like a lasagne. We made a poster to share with everyone.
Firstly, you put cardboard on the dirt to block the weeds.
Next you put leaves, paper and other garden scraps.
Then you put food scraps like black bananas, lettuce leaves and old cabbage and tomatoes.
After that, you put compost or manure.
Then you repeat the leaves, food scraps and compost layers. Finally, you put mulch on the top and wait for it all to break down.
When we were making our lasagne gardens, we found lots of good soil in the drain. It got trapped by the roots of the tamarind tree and all the leaves and things had been breaking down and making good soil. We dug it out with a shovel and put in our lasagne gardens because it is free!
We had a good time making our lasagne gardens and we were a happy team.
By Lily, Martha and Summer.
We saved the bananas from the old garden because it all got burnt. Nobody was looking after that garden when Wendy was gone.
But now, Wendy is back and gardens are back! We plant the bananas at the new front garden in a circle. We give them water everyday and seasol and now they are green and growing new leaves.
The new garden makes us feel excited and proud. When we work in the garden the little kids come and help us too. We already know about gardening from year 5 all the way through so we are going to learn new things.
When the garden is growing we will ask Richard to build a chicken’s house and get some chickens back to school.
By Shane Mutujangal and Johnson Mayawuku
This is Liam Garawirrtja. He loves Superheroes.
He comes to school everyday with Shane. He is good at writing and drawing.
He is a nice boy and he is friendly.
By Williams 4
After our breakfast program and Josh’s drumming lesson in the morning, we walked around collecting plastic lids to create mosaics and lamp shades.
As we arrived to our learning space shelter we saw that a boring fence had been adorned with 93 beautiful colourful flowers, thanks to Wendy’s plastic flower ninja crew!
Thanks to all the students in the hub school who helped collect, cut and paint the bottles. We appreciate the effort and see the flowers as a sign that the students at Buthan school are like bees; sometimes they fly between the hub school and Buthan school.