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Sapling School, Poorneet Season

When

Friday 29 Oct 2021

Session One
9.30 – 10.30am
Session Two
11.30am – 12.30pm


Saturday 30 Oct 2021

Session One
9.30 – 10.30am
Session Two
11.30am – 12:30pm
Session Three
1.30 – 2.30pm

Where

Meet at the Rotunda in the heritage gardens

Cost

$5 child or adult
$15 for four people

The Convent endeavours to make our arts and cultural events accessible and affordable for all. If cost is a barrier, please get in touch with our Programming Team

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When

Friday 29 Oct 2021

Session One
9.30 – 10.30am
Session Two
11.30am – 12.30pm


Saturday 30 Oct 2021

Session One
9.30 – 10.30am
Session Two
11.30am – 12:30pm
Session Three
1.30 – 2.30pm

Where

Meet at the Rotunda in the heritage gardens

Cost

$5 child or adult
$15 for four people

The Convent endeavours to make our arts and cultural events accessible and affordable for all. If cost is a barrier, please get in touch with our Programming Team

Book Now

Presented by Convent Kids

Join an outdoor expedition for curious kids and their adults led by Play Specialist, Catherine Sewell, Abbotsford Convent’s Gardener Chamilka Panduwawala and proud Wurundjeri and Dja Dja Wurrung woman, Samantha Roberts. With singing, storytelling and hands-on activities, kids will learn about Poorneet (Tadpole) Season in the Kulin Nation’s calendar, discover how to plant seeds, and more!

Explore the Convent’s sprawling heritage gardens, get those hands dirty, and rediscover the great outdoors through play. Children will have the opportunity to go on a guided walk, learn more about the plants and animals that live in the area, and sow seasonal vegetables in seedling trays which you can take home to grow. Children will also create a natural clay-stone print, an activity sheet and additional seeds to plant at home.

Tailored for children aged 3-5 years, Sapling School is specifically designed to introduce sustainability education at an early age, to encourage environmentally-conscious habits and to support children’s connection to their community and the land.

This is a rare opportunity for children to explore a fun, hands-on environment at the Convent, an inner-city green oasis bounded by the Birrarung (Yarra River).

Please be aware egg cartons are used.

Facilitators

Catherine Sewell, Play Specialist
Cat works in play as an artist, facilitator and educator. Cat currently works as a Play Specialist with local council, primary schools, playgroups and kindergartens, as well as producing theatrical work and installations for children and families.

Chamilka Panduwawala, Convent Gardener
Chamilka has been passionate about gardens and plants for his whole life. For a while, he worked as a textile designer and spent his free time volunteering in the heritage gardens of Rippon Lea Estate in Elsternwick. Nurturing and maintaining the gardens of a National Trust property was so enjoyable that he decided to pursue a new career in horticulture. In the last four years, he has turned gardening from his hobby into his job! Chamilka now works part-time as a Gardener at Abbotsford Convent, where he enjoys keeping the gardens maintained for the community. His work allows him to connect with fellow nature-lovers at the precinct, and he especially likes meeting and patting local dogs! When he’s not at work, Chamilka enjoys visiting the beach and working with textiles.

 

Samantha Roberts, Wurundjeri and Dja Dja Wurrung
Samantha Roberts is a proud Indigenous woman from the Wurundjeri and Dja Dja Wurrung Tribes and a proud CODA (Child of Deaf Adult). Samantha’s business, Connecting Two Worlds, aims to share traditional and modern Indigenous culture to students in childcare, primary schools and high schools. She is passionate about teaching the knowledge of the Wurundjeri Tribe, including traditional language (Woiwurrung), traditional arts and symbols, artefacts and their uses, Dreamtime stories and dances. Samantha also teaches and is fluent in Auslan (Australian Sign Language), promoting communication and choice.

Access

  • Participants will meet at the Rotunda and walk to different locations in the Convent’s gardens and grounds.
  • The ground coverage will be varied, including bitumen, lawn, dirt/gravel, and uneven surfaces.
  • The event location is outdoors and open to the public and there may be some background noise from other events happening at the Convent.

If you use a wheelchair or mobility device and would like to attend Sapling School, please contact us in advance at programming@abbotsfordconvent.com.au.

Your Safety is our priority

We take your safety seriously and have put in place the following COVID safety measures to ensure you are able to feel free and have fun:

  • Numbers have been reduced so there is enough distance between household groups. 
  • There will be some shared resources, santised between use.
  • If you have your own gardening gloves, please bring along.

View the Convent’s COVID Safe plans here.

Supported by

Abbotsford Convent Foundation would like to acknowledge the Hamer Sprout Fund—part of the Hamer Family Fund and sub-fund of Australian Communities Foundation.

Thank you to the Wurundjeri Woi Wurrung Cultural Heritage Aboriginal Corporation for the use of Woi Wurrung language used in the educational resource material and in the workshop. 

We would also like to acknowledge the City of Yarra for supporting the Convent Kids program.