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Family Community Gardening Day

 

Our next Family Gardening Day will be held on Saturday 24th September 2016, 9am - 2pm in the school garden.

 

 

We hope to get all the preparations done to get the area ready for Autumn/Winter sowing. 

 

Our next Family Gardening Day will be held on Saturday 14th May 2016, 9am - 2pm in the school garden.

 

What we hope to get done:

  • Re-build Buggingham Palace
  • Plant a Dig for Victory garden
  • Clean the Eggloo
  • Clean out the guinea pigs
  • Re-paint the shed
  • Paint the Musical Drums
  • Build a Hedgehog Hotel
  • Weave and trim the Willow Shelter
  • Build a Living Herb shelf for the outdoor cooking area
  • Weed and tidy our Memorial Garden
  • Discover what is in the Time Team Garden
  • Aerate the compost area
  • Plant up the living wall
  • Make pizzas in the outdoor oven

 

Children must be accompanied by an adult and please bring a snack.
 

Enjoy working together getting plenty of exercise and fresh air helping to develop our Outdoor Learning Environment.

 

We hope to see you there, even if just for an hour! Any questions please see Mrs Foy, thank you. frown

A big thank you to everyone who attended our Family Gardening Day on Saturday, 26th September.

 

Beautiful sunshine meant that it was a perfect day to get lots of jobs done and welcome home Ginger and Biscuit, our school hens and our Guinea Pigs, Muddles and Puddles, along with Puddles' new baby Cuddles.

 

Please see the photographs below for how we got on!

 

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Family Gardening Day - Saturday 26th September

Family Gardening Day - Saturday 26th September  1 Cleaning the wildlife pond
Family Gardening Day - Saturday 26th September  2 Emptying the bulb baskets
Family Gardening Day - Saturday 26th September  3 Ginger and Biscuit
Family Gardening Day - Saturday 26th September  4 How deep is the pond?
Family Gardening Day - Saturday 26th September  5
Family Gardening Day - Saturday 26th September  6 Preparing the dig for victory patch
Family Gardening Day - Saturday 26th September  7 Emptying the bulb baskets
Family Gardening Day - Saturday 26th September  8
Family Gardening Day - Saturday 26th September  9 Sophie's grandad finishing off
Family Gardening Day - Saturday 26th September  10 Building new shelves
Family Gardening Day - Saturday 26th September  11 Mowing the guinea pig area
Family Gardening Day - Saturday 26th September  12 Mr P King of the compost heap looking for treasure
Family Gardening Day - Saturday 26th September  13 Planting the fairy box
Family Gardening Day - Saturday 26th September  14
Family Gardening Day - Saturday 26th September  15 Preparing raised planters
Family Gardening Day - Saturday 26th September  16 Preparing the dig for victory patch
Family Gardening Day - Saturday 26th September  17 Time for a break
Family Gardening Day - Saturday 26th September  18 We can't plant this one!!

Welcome back after the long summer break!

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We have many exciting projects planned for the next growing season and look forward to you all enjoying learning new skills, working together helping to provide the school kitchen with organic, healthy food and also taking excellent care of our school guinea pigs and chickens.

 

During the holidays, Puddles our female guinea pig had two babies ... She will be returning very soon with her baby girl called Cuddles.

 

Ginger and Biscuit have been on holiday with Mrs Foy and will be returning on our next Family Gardening Day. This will be held on Saturday, 26th September 9am - 1pm in our school garden. Children must be accompanied by an adult and please wear suitable clothing and bring a snack.

Everyone is welcome and even if you can only spare an hour all help is greatly appreciated.

 

no Finally a HUGE thank you to the families who have helped to look after our school pets during the holiday no

Also a big thank you to Tony who once again has been making and donating surprises for the garden. All will be revealed after the Family Day.

 

Once again if anyone can spare any time to help in the garden please arrange to see Mrs Foy.

 

Thank you!

A big welcome to our new school pets - Two Guinea Pigs named Muddles and Puddles.

 

We look forward to helping them settle in here at St John's.

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A BIG thank you to everyone who attended our first Family Gardening Day of 2015!

 

We had a very productive day and planted seed potatoes, onions, beetroot, carrots and lettuce.

 

Please view our gallery below for photo's from the day!

Family Gardening Day - Saturday 28th February 2015

Family Gardening Day - Saturday 28th February 2015 1 Weeding the tyres
Family Gardening Day - Saturday 28th February 2015 2
Family Gardening Day - Saturday 28th February 2015 3 Tidying the Fairy Tree
Family Gardening Day - Saturday 28th February 2015 4
Family Gardening Day - Saturday 28th February 2015 5 Cleaning the shed
Family Gardening Day - Saturday 28th February 2015 6
Family Gardening Day - Saturday 28th February 2015 7 Using our own compost
Family Gardening Day - Saturday 28th February 2015 8
Family Gardening Day - Saturday 28th February 2015 9 Litter picking
Family Gardening Day - Saturday 28th February 2015 10 Ginger and Biscuit
Family Gardening Day - Saturday 28th February 2015 11 Mr P - King of the compost heap!
Family Gardening Day - Saturday 28th February 2015 12
Family Gardening Day - Saturday 28th February 2015 13 Den building
Family Gardening Day - Saturday 28th February 2015 14
Family Gardening Day - Saturday 28th February 2015 15 Cleaning the Anderson Shelter
Family Gardening Day - Saturday 28th February 2015 16
Family Gardening Day - Saturday 28th February 2015 17
Family Gardening Day - Saturday 28th February 2015 18
Family Gardening Day - Saturday 28th February 2015 19
Family Gardening Day - Saturday 28th February 2015 20
Family Gardening Day - Saturday 28th February 2015 21 Cleaning the wildlife pond
Family Gardening Day - Saturday 28th February 2015 22
Family Gardening Day - Saturday 28th February 2015 23 Snack time
Family Gardening Day - Saturday 28th February 2015 24
Family Gardening Day - Saturday 28th February 2015 25
Family Gardening Day - Saturday 28th February 2015 26 Under the den
Family Gardening Day - Saturday 28th February 2015 27
Family Gardening Day - Saturday 28th February 2015 28 Planting
Family Gardening Day - Saturday 28th February 2015 29 Cleaning the wildlife pond
Family Gardening Day - Saturday 28th February 2015 30
Family Gardening Day - Saturday 28th February 2015 31
Family Gardening Day - Saturday 28th February 2015 32 Planting potatoes
Family Gardening Day - Saturday 28th February 2015 33 Campfires (role play)
Family Gardening Day - Saturday 28th February 2015 34 Making new friends
Family Gardening Day - Saturday 28th February 2015 35
Family Gardening Day - Saturday 28th February 2015 36
Family Gardening Day - Saturday 28th February 2015 37
Family Gardening Day - Saturday 28th February 2015 38 Excavating the bombs from our WWII site
Family Gardening Day - Saturday 28th February 2015 39

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Latest News :-

 

Duck Update

Grace has been rehomed along with her not so little 3 ducklings by Mrs Knight.

 

They have settled in fantastically, with plenty of space to explore safely!

 

Please see the pictures below to see how well they are getting on...

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Duck News



 

Waddle and Quackers have now been rehomed to a large pond as they need to find a new mate now that Grace has had her ducklings. Please feel free to look at our ducklings but please no bread as they are on a special healthy diet.

 

Ginger and Biscuit are still with Miss Jaques as Biscuit has become broody and is sitting on 5 eggs. Fingers crossed for another natural incubation and hatching of new life at St John's!


 

Finally a big thank you to Sharon Chapman for donating towards the cost of our new topiary horse - Joey.


 

Please see the gallery below for lots more photos from our latest Family Gardening Day!


 Our new shed
A big thank you to Keter UK LTD for donating a new shed for our outdoor area.


One of our parents, Mrs McHugh contacted the firm explaining how much we needed to keep our tools safely stored for the children to enjoy.

They must have been impressed as look at what we have now!!


 

Breaking news - Our first egg!
During morning break we heard a cackle and when we went to investigate, Biscuit was just coming off the nest after laying her first egg.  

 


Gardening Day
 

A big thank you to all the families who attended the Gardening Day in our Outdoor Area on Saturday.

 

Beautiful sunshine helped to make it a fun day and complete our list of jobs.
 

  • The duck house and bath were cleaned
  • The chickens were moved with a new extended pen
  • Mr Lamb donated some bags of manure which were put onto the pumpkin bed
  • At last our own compost! It was used on the potato patch and we were able to compare it with some brought from Mr Morgan's compost bin from home!
  • Mr Chapman gave us a big surprise by taking away the oil drums from the musical area and painting them ready to be used after the Easter Break.
  • Finally, the children took part in a Mini Beast survey.

 

 

Thank you to three of our school governors: Mr Hardy, Mr Eccles and Mrs Bownes who came with their families to work and support our efforts.

As you may have noticed we are still in the process of building an Anderson Shelter.
It will be completed before 28th June 2014 when we will be holding a Military Day to Commemorate and celebrate the Centenary of World War I.
More information will be coming soon.

Please remember to visit our blogs on MyGrove and RHS

https://www.princeofwales.gov.uk/for-children/mygrove

Also take a look on http://www.claylands.org.uk/ for information if you are thinking about having your own allotment.


(See gallery below for more photos from the day)

 

Fruit trees have been purchased with the donations from Foundation and Key Stage 1 Growing Harvest.
They will be planted after completion of the new path.

We have some new pets at St John's - Four ducks, Quackers, Waddle, Tam and Grace.


 

They have been kindly donated by Mrs Vinter-Wyld and we hope they will be very happy at St John's!

 

Some of you may have noticed that a rather large hole has appeared in the hill. As part of the Year 5/6 World War I & II we are constructing an Anderson Shelter.
 

During our family days we are:
Cleaning the Caddy Bins
Planting poppy seeds to commemorate the Centenary of WWI
Getting the Eglu ready for the chickens
Tidying around the Fairy Tree
Preparing the potato bed
Planting bulbs

(See gallery below for more photos from the day!)
A big thank you to all pupils and their families who have helped in our Outdoor Area during 2013.

The good news for 2014 is that the Solar Wireless Camera Nest Box has arrived!

We will also be having a new path to enable access for anyone using a wheelchair, mobility aid, prams or pushchairs.

There will be some new raised beds to provide the kitchen with salad crops and the fruit trees have been ordered for delivery when we return to school.
Next term KS2 will be working on a Dig for Victory plot and designing and building an Anderson Shelter. If anyone can offer any advice please get in touch.

 

 

 

(Please see gallery for more photos)
A big thank you to Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust for a grant of
£250 for a Solar Wireless Camera Nest Box.

Rick Berry and Mark Speck from the trust have been into school to help us decide the most appropriate position for the nest box.

 

 

We shall be putting it up on our first Family Day of 2014 (yet to be arranged)
Fingers crossed we shall have our very own Spring Watch at St John's!

Fairy Tree

 

As some of you may have noticed we have a Fairy Tree at St John's. The children have been writing and receiving letters from the Poppy, Lavender and Snowdrop Fairies.

Please feel free to walk around and have a look, you never know......


 

(Please see gallery for more photos)
Green Flag
At last our Eco Schools Green Flag is flying.
We are waiting to have a new path for the Outdoor Area and looking forward to a successful growing year!

 

We have also recently signed up for My Grove and have written our first blog -
https://www.princeofwales.gov.uk/for-children/mygrove

Green Guardian Winners!

 

St John's are extremely proud to be the Winners of the Environmental Community of the Year Green Guardians Award 2013 and Runner up for the Education and the Environment Green Guardian Award.

 

 

This has meant

£1000 
for the School towards our outdoor area 

 

 

Please view the gallery for more photo's of the event, shortlisted entries and award.

 

Here are some links for you to see reviews of the event

http://www.nottinghamshirewildlife.org/green-guardians

http://www.nottinghampost.com/Awards-success-environment-heroes/story-20084244-detail/story.html


Pumpkin Harvest 2013

 

This is a big achievement for the school, as it has been the first successful harvest of pumpkins: with one weighing 25kg (3 Stone 13lb)

Two were grown altogether - one being taken to Christ Church for the key stage 2 harvest festival and that will be cooked and distributed within the community. The other one will be used in the school kitchen after half term.

A big thank you for all the donations for the key stage 1 growing harvest festival. Please feel welcomed to join in on the RHS get grown ups growing event on Saturday 2nd November between 9am-2pm.

(See gallery for more photos)

 

 

We now have two new additions to our Outdoor Area; Ginger and Biscuit. They are 10 week old Buff Pekings. A big Thank-You to Jasmine at hippichicks.co.uk. They enjoy special treats and cuddles, so please help them feel welcome to St John's!

 

 

A big thank you to everybody who attended the family gardening day on Saturday 31st August. We tidied the wildlife pond, shed area and the recycle garden.

Chef Dean kindly donated a joint of pork to cook in the outdoor oven and offered everybody a much needed hearty lunch. We harvested all produce that had grown over the holidays and are excited at the development of our giant pumpkin patch.


Congratulations to everyone who has worked so hard towards achieving the Eco Schools Green Flag. It has been a long seven year journey which originally started with a small patch of growing space outside the Year 6 classrooms.
We shall be looking forward to getting a flagpole for the Outdoor Learning Environment, so that the Green Flag can be seen and the area enjoyed by everyone.

If you see Mrs Foy when you are in and around school don't forget to say a big THANK YOU to her and her team of warriors for all their hard work in the garden and for caring for all the animals.
There would not be any gardens or animals if it wasn't for Mrs Foy, well done...

 

 

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