Spring has sprung so what better time to get into the garden!
Earlier in the year over 6 classes worked together to bring to life Mr Mal Ibu who was entered in the Therapy Focus Scarecrow Competition for Garden week. Over 20 schools from throughout the state entered in the competition with all scarecrows put on display as a part of the Therapy Focus exhibit where they were put up for ‘The Peoples Vote’. We were ecstatic to hear of Mr Mal Ibu’s overwhelming popularity. With his landslide win our newest garden friend earned the school two raised garden beds which included soil, vegetables and a very special visit from Sunny Sunflower and Chris Ferreira from Great Gardens.
With the arrival of Spring and the weather playing nice the students and staff ventured out to the golf course and enjoyed a wonderful day in the sun as Chris gave us all a few lessons in planting and general plant care. Sunny Sunflower was happy to keep his hands clean posing for photo’s and entertaining the kids with some funky dance moves!
A mighty team of students was gathered and they all set in to roll out the wheelbarrows and load up the beds with a healthy mix of mulch and soil to give our little fruit and vegetables a fine kick start. With Sunny Sunflower still avoiding any form of manual labour the students from TA2 and 17 took control of the worksite and had the beds filled to the brim, the plants in and well watered in no time!
A huge thank you to Bob, Pete and Jye for your wonderful last minute efforts in preparing the site area for our beds. And to Mark for distributing the remaining soil throughout the school garden areas - Lucretia & Sue - The Arts
Mr Mal Ibu has found himself a lifetime friend in Therapy Focus’s mascot Sunny Sunflower.
Over 50 students from 6 classes (aged 6 to 16) made their own special contribution to bring our scarecrow to life! From collecting the organic materials that they used to elegantly decorate his rocking chair and hat to the mammoth task of his Papier-mâché head.
The students commenced work in Week 3 of Term 1 and the final touches were added on the last week of school before the Easter Holidays.
Mr Mal Ibu shades his face from the harsh sun with his oversized farmers hat as he rests his old bones on a 12 year old wooden rocking chair. Every inch of the chair, hat and his shoes are ordained with shells, corks, leaves, bark, beans, straw and feathers. He is filled to the brim with shredded newspaper and straw to keep him warm. His enormous head is a recycled Fit Ball which was stuffed with shedded newspaper to make the shape and coated with recycled wrapping and tissue paper. His charismatic features were moulded from old fishing floats.
We are all looking forward to a very special visit from Sunny Sunflower, Chris Ferreiar and the Great Gardens Team who will install 2 new garden beds for the School to enjoy. Chris will also deliver a presentation to the winning students about sustainability, healthy eating and growing our own vegetables. We are planning to install our garden beds in our Mini Golf course and all the students will plant some vegetable, potted colour and creepers to brighten up one our favourite play areas.
Throughout the last semester eight classes have been working hard creating their very own Baby Monsters. Each student has stuffed their own recycled baby suit with newspaper, coated the suit in paper Mache and now in the final stages, creating their monsters skin complexion using a mixture of coloured tissue paper and PVA glue. The monsters will be dressed in recycled baby clothing to give them that lifelike characteristic and each class will work collaboratively in creating their very own Baby Monster scene using a variety of recycled household and obscure like items; from a bath to a fax machine!! Look out Malibu you are on the brink of a Monster invasion!!
Fun Fun with Jub Jub
Castaways Sculpture Awards Schools Competition.
MRA Rocks Malibu!
- Social interaction with other children.
- Confidence to perform in front of a crowd.
- An immediate focus for activity – participation is automatic and instant.
- Creativity and communicating their own ideas.
- The children show expression and move to music, even facial expression for these kids is a breakthrough and we get much more than that.