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Our school garden is looked after by the pupils of gardening club under the supervision of our  team of fantastic green fingered volunteers Nick, Maggie and Rosemary. It includes a recently rejuvenated pond and houses a wide range of wildlife including crested newts, frogs, water boatmen and dragonflies. We have harvested tomatoes, potatoes, onions. garlic, strawberries,  marrows and chilis and will be growing potatoes from the potato council this year.

 

We are a 5 Star Gardening School

 

Having  already successfully completed levels 1,2, 3 and 4,  Hillmead Gardening Club is very proud to have been awarded the RHS Campaign for School Gardening Level 5 Award, making us an "RHS 5 Star Gardening School!" (See the link below for details about this scheme).

 

 

Rocket Science

In 2015 our gardening club was very excited to have  been selected to participate in an experiment by the Royal Horticultural Society's Campaign for School Gardening, growing rocket salad from seeds that have been orbiting Earth on the International Space Station. Our seeds were launched into outer space on flight Soyuz 44S on 2 September and returned to Earth in March.   On April 19th 2016 we planted them and watched how the new plants grew. We now know that rocket seeds that have been to space behave exactly the same as those that stayed on Earth. We saw the rocket launch on YouTube and eagerly followed the mission to the ISS with British astronaut Tim Peake on board. We completed our own Principia Space Diaries and Tim even sent us a tweet; we also appear in a video with Professor Stephen Hawking. 

 

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Gallery - please click to view 1 We are a 5 Star Gardening School!
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Gallery - please click to view 4 At Thorley Preschool for our Community Project
Gallery - please click to view 5 At Thorley Preschool for our Community Project
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Gallery - please click to view 7 Proud of our RHS Schools Level 4 Award
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Gallery - please click to view 11 Launch of our Rocket Seeds Experiment
Gallery - please click to view 12 Looking after the rocket seeds
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Gallery - please click to view 14 Our potatop growing chart
Gallery - please click to view 15 Potato growing
Gallery - please click to view 16 Planting
Gallery - please click to view 17 Our own Hillmead Space Mission Badges
Gallery - please click to view 18 Space Apprentices at Hillmead
Gallery - please click to view 19 Space Apprentices at Hillmead
Gallery - please click to view 20 Working through our Space Diaries
Gallery - please click to view 21 My space suit creation
Gallery - please click to view 22 How tall will we grow in space?
Gallery - please click to view 23 With our space diaries
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Gallery - please click to view 25 Spotting the ISS
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Gallery - please click to view 34 Visit to Hampton Court Flower Show 2014
Gallery - please click to view 35 With Scarecrow "Wilfred" at Hampton Court
Gallery - please click to view 36 Meetig the Countess of Wessex
Gallery - please click to view 37 Visit to Miss Papworth's Japanese Garden
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Space Apprentices

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We have learnt to say 'hello' in different languages just like real astronauts. This is German.

International Space Apprentices

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This one is 'hello' in Russian.

International Space Apprentices

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Here we say 'hello' in Japanese.
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