A BIG thank you.

All of us here at St Michael’s want to say a big thank you to last year’s Eco Councillor’s. They did a fabulous job and unfortunately had many projects cut short due to schools closing. Still, they did a brilliant job and were great ambassadors of the school. Their final job will be to help the new recruits settle into their roles. Thank you!

Oak Trees

We all know how important trees are for our mental and physical health. They provide oxygen to breathe and a wonderful presence to gaze at and to sit with.

Trees also serve to help us remember places and people, times and emotions.

In our school field a small Oak has been re-planted. It has been cared for by Mr. Clayden, our premises manager, Miss Bowman in our Early Years Team as well as Year Six children, and staff.

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It was in a pot and it was struggling in the dry months of May and June. Mr. Clayden spent some time digging a planting hole and stacking it so its roots wouldn’t be too disturbed in any wind, and staff and children have been watering it.

If you visit our Face Book page you will find a video that explains why it is so important.

But it isn’t just this tree that we need to care for, all living things need water, so in these warmer month, you might take a bit of time to water any plants that look like they are struggling.

You may even leave a shallow bowl of clean water out for the birds to wash in.

This is the last blog for this school year, so remember to care for our world, and care for yourselves!

 

Looking after our world

At St Michael’s School, we have Eco -Councillors who collect classroom recycling, and our Site Manager Mr. Clayden takes extra time to flatten and recycle cardboard boxes, and has set up a plastics recycling system for the kitchen and staff room.

The children and staff take great care to pick up any wrappers and drinks bottles that might have been dropped and ended up on our school grounds.

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Last week, the day after some beautiful weather, people from the South Devon Coast were doing the same.

Despite the ‘Corona Virus’ pandemic,  Devon County has maintained the recycling and rubbish collections as well as the Recycling Points and the main depots.

Our collection operators have been working throughout the ‘lockdown’ and were always classed as ‘key workers’.

We are so glad they have made sure that the environment in our towns and countryside have been kept safe and clean.

(United Nations Convention for the Rights of  Children-Article 27 ‘We have the right to a safe environment.’)

We live by some beautiful areas of coastline and beach, and hope that for the safety of our locals and visitors, these areas are looked after.

Let’s trust that our visitors and locals learn from the Bournemouth lesson and help our key workers by taking their rubbish home and recycling it too!

Let us care for our world together!

Year 3 have a message for you!

Year 3 have been busy learning about recycling and why it is good for us, animals and the planet. Plastic is a useful material but it should never end up in the sea because it can be dangerous to the animals that live there. So Year 3 want to say to everyone reading this. Please… recycle, RECYCLE, RECYCLE!!! Save the animals and help protect our planet.

 

VE Day Plant for peas! (Well, actually tomatoes!)

The tomatoes Mrs. Twiggs planted a few weeks ago are in school and ready to be planted in the ground.

Here’s how they were potted on using a tube of folded newspaper. Use something like a tin of baked beans…

 

Then, the children set to work in the school garden.

They carefully released the tiny, white roots so they could grow into the soil.

Then, all the plants were given a good drink of water, and we will be keeping an eye on them every time they look too dry.

Delicious tomatoes, here we come!!!!

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The further adventures of Mrs. Twiggs’ Tomatoes

I hope you had a lovely Easter and have had a go at the tomato planting I showed you over the holidays.

My little pot suffered an accident because a wood pigeon knocked it over when I was tidying the green house. Birds are nesting, laying eggs and feeding the young, so I suppose the pigeon thought the tomatoes were lovely greens to eat (wood pigeons love fresh growing greens). If you don’t know what they look like, here’s a picture!

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They are quite big birds!

So I replanted them, and the rest of the seeds I’d kept on the kitchen tissue paper, and this is what they look like now.

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Keep them warm and damp until they have grown at least 3 pairs of leaves and then you can put each one in a pot on its own. You might have to give away the ones you don’t need. Then keep them in a warm sunny place out of the cold wind. Water them every morning and in the evening if they have dried out. Feed them with house plant or tomato feed once a week.

t won’t be too long before you’ll need to put them in the ground or a much bigger pot and wait for the little yellow flowers to appear. These will soon turn into tomatoes. When they are ripe, pick and enjoy! Yummy!