At Johanna we are committed to involving pupils in issues of interest to them. Children are elected by their class to become School Councillors and Eco Warriors. They then represent their peers in meetings and feedback decisions to their class. We have Playground Pals from Year 5 and Year 6 children apply to become Prefects. They are interviewed as well!
Week Ending 18.10.19: An exciting week for the garden! We are very proud and delighted as we have won a Highly Commended award in the Best School Garden category of the Blooming Lambeth Awards from Incredible Edible Lambeth!
Some of the After School Gardeners attended the awards ceremony on the evening of Tuesday 15th October at Lambeth Town Hall with wonderful food, drinks, and entertainment. We enjoyed seeing all the other gardeners and their award-winning gardens. Levi Roots made a speech (and sang a bit!) and after our award we met him and had our photo taken with him, thanks to photographer Debbie Sears who also took our garden photos for Incredible Edible Lambeth.
Back in the garden we planted our turnips and winter lettuce. We harvested our own corn but it didn’t do very well this year due to the dry summer. We cooked up some corn on the cob from the market - it was delicious with our rosemary garlic butter from last week’s Soup Share!
Thanks to everyone who has contributed to the garden this year. I would also like to thank WholeKids/School Food Matters and HealthSpace for their support. We’re looking forward to making more improvements over the next twelve months.
Week Ending 11.10.19: The last few weeks in the garden we’ve been busy harvesting, tidying up from summer, and planting for the winter season.
We’ve been enjoying harvesting fresh food. The garden suffered a bit with dryness over the summer and some plants didn’t fare well but we’ve had lots of cucumbers, some tomatoes, beetroot, spinach and herbs, plus a couple of cucumbers. We harvested lots of potatoes and leeks which we made into soup to take part in the RHS Big Soup Share, alongside HealthSpace.
For the winter, we have planted out winter lettuces, kale and broad beans
Week Ending 12.07.19: This week we harvested our first courgette - and enjoyed it in courgette and lemon cake.
It was the last after school Gardening Club of this school year. We harvested more veggies, planted pumpkin seedlings in hope of a crop in autumn, we talked about all the things we’ve enjoyed this year and made plans for next year.
Thank you to everyone who has helped and supported the garden, and taken it ...
Follow us at OAJ Gardening on Facebook and on the school website. We’ll see you for another year of growing in September ~ Kathy
Week Ending 05.07.19: Look at what we’re harvesting in the garden - broad beans, runner beans, peas and one delicious strawberry! We would love for more of you to join us. Join our Facebook group OAJ Gardening and come to Family Gardening Club - just let me or Nicky know if you’re interested ~ Kathy.
For the Johanna Summer Celebration we invited people into the garden to try our broad bean dip and beetroot dip. We gave away plants and salad leaves and were very grateful for over £7 in donations to buy compost and equipment for the garden in future.
Week Ending 21.06.19: This week we are doing a lot of weeding and a bit less watering because there has been so much rain. We’re really excited to see so many flowers emerging, and even a few fruits and vegetables!
Dyllan’s award-winning sunflower seems to grow several inches each day and this week its beautiful flower opened.
Y6 Sunflower Competition: Christiano (Y6) and Louisa put together a competition for the children in Year 6 to feed and take care of a sunflower plant over the Easter break. Lana, Graciela, Daniel, Riya, Meriem, Mohamed and Leonor (all in Y6); and Leanne, Amina and Shapee (all staff) took part in the competition.
The winners of the competition were Lana and Amina for the tallest plant and were awarded a seed pack and a certificate. These plants have now be planted in a large pot next to the library so as they grow they will be remembered over the years at Oasis Academy Johanna.
Gardening Club: Our new gardening club has officially started. The children will work with Kathy each week to take care of the garden. The Eco warriors have also begun to work with Kathy in order to develop our Eco garden and they thoroughly enjoyed their first session.
At Oasis Academy Johanna we have an enthusiastic group of children who are our Eco Warriors! Two children are elected from each class (Years 2-6) and they attend at least one Eco meeting every two weeks. The Eco Warriors have a range of responsibilities in their classrooms and throughout school. They raise our awareness about sustainability and encourage everyone to recycle, save energy and live healthy lives. We encourage good habits for the future.
Year 6 Prefects are chosen to be positive role models for the younger children in the school as they encourage and demonstrate good choices in behaviour and attitude. Prefects have specific roles that support the teachers in practical ways, including setting up and tidying up for assembly, helping to keep coat areas tidy, helping with the PE shed equipment, helping reception and year 1 children back to class after lunch and helping teachers to carry out special duties when asked.