The gardens are for everyone so please pop in anytime and enjoy. With the many people involved in the gardens in so many ways, progress towards the gardens’ aim: … to be vibrant, educational and productive; a place that is inclusive of the entire school community and reflects Canterbury Public School’s commitment to learning and sustainability in the way it operates is making real progress. Please take a few minutes when you can to read the business plan. It is updated regularly and reflects the broad direction and main activities. Your ideas, comments and contributions are needed and are very welcome.
If there is anything you’d like to help with that would be wonderful, even if you can just help occasionally. Encouraging others in the school community to spend time in the garden is a help in itself, as is giving time for watering, harvesting, making or baking for stalls, helping with Green Thumbs, regular weeding and coming to working bees. If you ever want to potter in the garden on any weekend, please say and we can arrange keys to access the main gate.
Keep an eye on this page and Facebook for updates.
Coordinator: Sarah Greaves Teacher Liaison: Bryony Heath
Canterbury School Gardens planning – Update coming soon for 2017/2018
Thanks to Rebecca Illiffe for her time and effort in setting out business plan and strategy for aligning work in the school gardens with educational outcomes for the children.
Green thumbs club check the school website calendar or P&C Facebook page under Events for dates
Students, teachers and parents all get involved in the Green Thumbs Club, held three times per term on Friday afternoons. It’s time to get involved and get dirty. There are always lots of jobs to do and things to explore in the garden.
Garden Market Stall – check the school website calendar or P&C Facebook page under Events for dates
These are held 1-2 times per term in conjuction with a Green Thumbs Club Day.
Come along from 3pm to buy produce fresh from the school gardens or made from select garden ingredients, as well as cakes and after-school treats. Reflecting on the first stall and the generosityof CPS families, the markets will now be run as a: make, bake, bring, swap and buy market. That is, if you donate, then swap your donations for some produce, cake, herbs and enjoy. This might also include bringing in home-grown produce you have in surplus to contribute and swap. We hope this approach means people will give and take and in this way, share and grow the gardens for the benefit of all. If you would like to make something for the stall, or are interested in helping to set up the stall please contact Rebecca Iliffe on Rebecca@turnstoneprojects.com
Gardening Bees. – check the school website calendar or P&C Facebook page under Events for dates
All welcome. Bring the kids, scooters, any fave equipment and something for afternoon tea and enjoy a peaceful, social pottering in the school gardens with like-minded people. If you would like to do some gardening at a different time that suits you, get in touch with Natalie about access to the grounds
Watering Roster – we are currently relying on a small core group of committed volunteers to water our beautiful gardens. If you can find 30mins on any day of the week to come and water the garden fortnightly, we would love some help. Training can be provided! We will also need people to water the garden during the school holidays. Please email what days you can help to Natalie Bishop on firstname.lastname@example.org or flick us a note on the P&C Facebook page. It’s a great job if you have small children with you as they love to help too .