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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.

 

Having  already successfully completed levels 1,2 and 3, Hillmead Gardening Club is currently working towards the RHS Campaign for School Gardening Level 4 Award. See the link below for details about this scheme.

 

Rocket Science

Our gardening club is 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 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 Launch of our Rocket Seeds Experiment
Gallery - please click to view 2 Looking after the rocket seeds
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Gallery - please click to view 4 Our potatop growing chart
Gallery - please click to view 5 Potato growing
Gallery - please click to view 6 Planting
Gallery - please click to view 7 Our own Hillmead Space Mission Badges
Gallery - please click to view 8 Space Apprentices at Hillmead
Gallery - please click to view 9 Space Apprentices at Hillmead
Gallery - please click to view 10 Working through our Space Diaries
Gallery - please click to view 11 My space suit creation
Gallery - please click to view 12 How tall will we grow in space?
Gallery - please click to view 13 With our space diaries
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Gallery - please click to view 15 Spotting the ISS
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Gallery - please click to view 24 Visit to Hampton Court Flower Show 2014
Gallery - please click to view 25 With Scarecrow "Wilfred" at Hampton Court
Gallery - please click to view 26 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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