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School Garden

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. 


Gallery - please click to view

We are a 5 Star Gardening School!
At Thorley Preschool for our Community Project
At Thorley Preschool for our Community Project
At Thorley Preschool for our Community Project
Proud of our RHS Schools Level 4 Award
Launch of our Rocket Seeds Experiment
Looking after the rocket seeds
Our potatop growing chart
Potato growing
Our own Hillmead Space Mission Badges
Space Apprentices at Hillmead
Space Apprentices at Hillmead
Working through our Space Diaries
My space suit creation
How tall will we grow in space?
With our space diaries
Spotting the ISS
Visit to Hampton Court Flower Show 2014
With Scarecrow "Wilfred" at Hampton Court
Meetig the Countess of Wessex
Visit to Miss Papworth's Japanese Garden

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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