KITCHEN GARDENS Early Childhood
The Stephanie Alexander Kitchen, Garden program is run every Wednesday morning in the Early Childhood centre (Kindergarten and Pre-Primary). The aim of the program is to teach children the value of good nutritious food. The program does this by having children learn how to grow and maintain vegetables, herbs and fruit crops. Children use this produce in the kitchen to make tasty, nutritious food dishes. Children learn basic cooking skills such as cutting, peeling and grating. They are given the opportunity to experiment and explore the chemistry of food. They also investigate how different foods react to heat and cold. Parent support is an important element for this program to succeed. Each week we have between 2 – 4 parents who assist in either the kitchen or garden areas. When all of the food has been prepared, a large dining table is set and all children sit down together to eat and discuss the food. After the meal each child cleans, washes and dries their own plates and cutlery.
KITCHEN GARDENS Year 5
Year Five were fortunate to be involved in Kitchen Gardens with Mrs Taylor throughout 2015. They took part in planning, building, creating gardens and planting. They also had some opportunities for cooking delicious fresh meals using garden produce. The children have benefited from getting out and working in the fresh air, developing life skills and acting as a team. Learning opportunities have arisen integrating science, geography, technology and maths. Participating in growing plants has also helped nurture a sense of awe for our great Creator.
This term my Year 5 class had an excursion to Nearer to Nature. We learnt about bush fires with our guide Gillian. We did three experiments and my favourite one was testing if fire travelled faster up-hill or on a flat slope and I learnt that uphill is faster. Gillian also talked about the fire triangle. The three sides are heat, fuel and oxygen. If you take one side of the triangle away, it is impossible to start a fire. We then went for a walk in the bush and we assessed how safe that area was. My group thought it was a medium safe area. The highlight of my day was when fireman Craig came and showed us all the things his fire truck can do. I loved the foam which he sprayed. It looked really cool.
I had a really great day.
March 3 saw Carmel Secondary participating in the annual Swimming Carnival. The attendance was one of the best in recent years and the students’ behaviour throughout the day was impeccable. The races and water sports were very tight over the course of the day where each house had the lead at some point. In the end it was Sturt who were victorious finishing on 327 points. Closely behind was O’Connor on 321 points followed by Forrest on 312 points.
Our outstanding performers for each age group took home a medal. Congratulations to our Champion Swimmers - Anita Pourasady, Kieren Ellis, Emma Davis, Nathan Waye, Maddy Price & Pierce Webb. Our Runner Up Swimmers were Eden McBroom, Daniel Flynn, Lauren Gissing, Jesse Willis, Saraah Tucknott & Shequiel Patch.
Then on March 9, students participated for the first time in an Interschool Swimming Carnival held at HBF Stadium. It was a successful first outing for all involved. We finished a respectable 6th, only a few points behind the 5th placed school. The College won the Meritorious Award, which is calculated by dividing the school overall points by the total number of swimming participants. It was a great achievement for the small number of students we could take. We also saw two of our students finish as Runner Up Age Champions for the day. Emma Davis in Year 10 and Pierce Webb in Year 12. Congratulations to Emma and Pierce and to all the students who swam to represent Carmel. You did us proud!