New Gardens Completed

Have you seen the new addition to the school yard? Gardens! In the form of 11 giant planters near the undercover area!

In May 2020, over 30 families came to the school in hour-long shifts to scoop gravel, cut landscape fabric, carry plants, move trees, shovel soil, plant shrubs and spray water all while maintaining social distancing. The result is a magnificent garden that positively transforms the north side of the school.

Come check-out the plants – from Japanese maple trees to flowing grasses; native shrubs like salal and red-flowering currant to aromatic herbs such as thyme, rosemary and sage. Thanks goes out to Alison Maddaugh who designed the gardens and Jacqueline Shaben who cracked the whip. Another huge thank you goes out to teachers for highlighting the need for an outdoor teaching garden, school administration (past and present) for keeping the ball rolling, VSB School Grounds for facilitating all the deliveries, even during this time of social distancing and to Figaro’s Garden for cutting us a good deal on the plants. And last but not least, the PAC parents who fund-raised in previous years to improve the school grounds.

Update: The tables and benches were installed in August 2020.

And check out this story (in french) on Radio Canada about our garden!

Mural Completed

Our beautiful mural in the undercover area is complete!!

Check out the photos! Thank you so much to artist and Hastings alumnus Blake Wydeman! A shout out to Ms.Nina’s art club and the other students who assisted Blake. And thank you to the PAC Grounds Improvement sub-committee for making this happen!

When you are out getting some much needed fresh air and exercise, please ride or walk by and check it out!

And here’s a game: Try to match the fruit names with the pictures. They are all BC native berries:

Salmonberry
Thimbleberry
Huckleberry
Cloud berry
Salal berry
Native Trailing Blackberry

For real pros, try to match the leaves…. Enjoy!