Category Archives: Keen to be Green

Baby Chickens

The Thursday/Friday GAP class enjoyed a visit from some 9-week old chickens.

It was fun seeing how the chickens were transforming from fluffy chicks to feathered chickens.   We’ve been collecting compost from our lunches to feed the chickens, too.

Thanks to the family who brought them in for a visit – that was fun!

Arboretum Excursion 2017

The Monday/Tuesday GAP children enjoyed a wonderful excursion to the National Arboretum today.

We had an absolute ball exploring the acorn playground… and we soon found out that the arboretum has so much more to offer.

We enjoyed morning tea on a large deck overlooking sweeping views of Canberra.  We could see Telstra Tower and all the way to Parliament House, where some of the children reckoned they might work one day.

Our absolutely wonderful guide, Heather, met us outside to tell us about the arboretum.  Heather was so engaging and enthusiastic about our visit, we all immediately fell in love with her trees, seeds and  animals, and it seemed the children had decided they would be prepared to follow her anywhere.

Off we went, faithfully following our wonderful Heather like the Piped Piper of Hamelin (very German).  She showed us all sorts of interesting trees: some with needles instead of leaves, some with enormous pine cones, some with baby pine cones, some with “bird poo spiders” in them,   some with secret “butter bum bird” nests in them.  Heather’s explanations and nice big photos made it all really fascinating.

After our walk among the trees, we climbed the funny zigzag path back up the hill, encouraged again by our enthusiastic guide.  Heather read us her story about a bonsai tree, and we sat all around her, listening and entranced.  Imagining we were fairies, Lego people, birds, bees or tiny elves, we fluttered around all the bonsai plants in the garden and decided which one we would like to live in.

We then enjoyed another delicious hour exploring the acorn playground, had a big drink of water, and went to sit on some really big logs to sing songs while we waited for the bus to take us back to Turner.

The bus dropped us off on Barry Drive, and a short walk later, we arrived back at the GAP full of joy, in time for lunch and a well earned rest.  It was a most enjoyable excursion!

Many thanks to mums and dads who dropped children off at the arboretum this morning, and to our adult helpers who accompanied us today.

Oktoberfest 2017

A huge thanks to our Oktoberfest organising team: Gerda, Gerald, Christian and Uli!  Many thanks also go to those who brought food to share, helped set up, prepared foods, washed dishes, and helped tidy up afterwards.

The crowds enjoyed good company, enjoyable music, and great German foods (the Wurst, pretzels and salads were terrific, the cakes and strudel were superb, and many folk reported that the Spanferkel was delicious).

Children played some fun German games, the entertained themselves playing on the scouts’ rope bridge and riding plenty of bikes and scooters.  It was lovely to see children of all ages running about in the park having a grand time while their parents socialised.

 

A plethora of colourful Dirndls, traditional Lederhosen, felt hats from various regions of Germany, and of course Biersteine, added to the festive atmosphere.

 

Thanks to an ACT government multicultural grant, these great cups can be reused at all our special events. No more waste!

The after-party carried on until 10pm, for those whose children were old enough for such a late night.  There was plenty of laughter coming from around the Lagerfeuer – a good night was had by all.

 

 

Presents Delivered to RSPCA

Inspired by a visit from the RSPCA, the Thursday/Friday GAP children crafted enrichment toys and treats for the animals.  These adorable and delicious treats were delivered along with donations of towels and pet food last week.

It was heart-warming to see the animals sniffing them appreciatively and opening their colourful hand-crafted presents from the children to find a food treat inside.

 

Imaginative play at the local park

The GAP children recently enjoyed a walk to the local park, where our future civil engineers found out how many children could get on the teeter-totter at once, and some of our budding fashion enthusiasts invented new ways to wear their hats!  Our future park rangers gathered sticks and built up a campfire, while our future politicians (?) got busy playing hide and seek.   In any case, it was lovely to be out in the sunshine and amongst the gum trees, surrounded by children’s joy.

Our Boot Garden

Thanks to the families who donated their old gum boots, we were able to get busy and create a boot garden by planting an interesting variety of plants inside the boots.  The boots were then hung on the wall in a nice arrangement, by one of our GAP graduates (who is pretty handy with tools these days) and his awesome dad.  It is great to have such a caring community of families supporting our programs. You all rock!

Nature is Art

At the GAP, we love heading out to the park to explore and find natural objects to incorporate into our play and our environment.  Recently, we decided to decorate our playground with colourful pine cones hanging everywhere, and we had a marvelous time doing that!  The pine cones, dangling from tempting heights, have become a challenge to see how high we can reach in order to tap them gently to make them swing.  Of course, you have to make the right hilarious noises when you finally tap one: “BING!” (Giggle, giggle, giggle…)

 

Happy Hopping at GAP today!

The children and teachers were delighted to host guest speaker Anke Maria – a local German biologist from ACT Frogwatch – today.  We got to meet and hear from many of her froggy friends, and learn about their habits and environmental needs.   There were lots of hands-on activities, games, puzzles and puppets to have fun with; and plenty of opportunities for the children to ask all their inquisitive questions.