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Parap flyer


number 22

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13 SCHOOL GARDEN UPDATE Over the past semester, our School Council Grounds Committee, along with our Eco Warriors team, have been planning to commence a refurbishment of our Harmony Garden, and an exciting extension into the grassed area directly behind our bike shed. School Council has engaged Dan Brown from Down2Earth Landscapes and Gardens to partner with our school community in designing and creating this new outdoor classroom. We hope to create an edible and educational space for our students and wider community to grow, maintain and enjoy. We chose Down2Earth on recommendation from Wulagi Primary School, where Dan has been involved in the creation and maintenance of their School Community Garden over the past 5 years. Dan had also been recommended by the Eco Schools Team here in Darwin, and we had seen his work displayed at the Tropical Garden Spectacular last year. Dan's philosophy of community engagement and his commitment to the principles of permaculture and working with the environment suit our vision, both as an Eco School and as a potential Independent Public School. Dan and his team all have Ochre Cards and would work with teachers and students to create opportunities for students to build, design, plant and maintain the garden, while fostering broader community involvement as well. There has already been talk of a Market Stall in the future as one such example. One of the great things about the company is their ongoing commitment to the school over time. Work has already begun with the removal of one tree in the Harmony Garden. Sadly the tree was infected with mistletoe and had to be removed. Dan plans to turn the stump into a functional table for children to use. This Friday after school the new garden areas will be fenced off, and excavation works will take place on Saturday. As the initial heavy work is undertaken, fences will remain in place for the safety of all members of our community over the next few weeks. We look forward to getting our (gloved) hands dirty in the garden after that! Yours sincerely, Ms Yvonne Harding Principal

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