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Cornucopia

New Pilot Program! Cornucopia – The Kitchen & Garden by popular demand for children who love to grow and cook.

Cornucopia - The Kitchen & Garden
Companion Plants in the Garden Bed

Our Sparks (ages 4-7)  have been really enjoying participating in a World Cooking program for awhile now, much to the jealousy of many of the older children who want to participate as well. So here it is, a cooking and gardening program for ages 7-14!

Cornucopia - The Kitchen & Garden
Bread Basics

Led by Ruth Gaha-Morris of The Scrumpers Garden (Aeoncademy’s in-house caterer), students will be introduced to cooking from scratch, making such things as yoghurt, cheese, muesli, bread and pasta, flavoured from the growing Garden at Aeoncademy.

Cornucopia - The Kitchen & Garden
Home Made Pasta

We will be using herbs and plants from our newly established garden beds as well as doing winter planning for the ongoing development of the kitchen garden. This is a real hands-on learning experience of food, gardening and sustainability. 

Named after the mythical Horn of Plenty, a symbol of abundance,  we have named this budding kitchen & garden program Cornucopia.

To help us launch this program, we are putting out a call for any gardening or kitchen tools you are not using. Spades, rakes, Bread tins, mixing bowls, even electric appliances like frypans or slow cookers . Also glass containers. Please recycle your clean, glass jars with lids (all sizes) in our big green collection bin outside the art room. All donations gratefully received!

Cornucopia - The Kitchen & Garden
The Southern Harvest Cornucopia

Coming up in the Kitchen-Garden program

As we wrap up the Spring Holiday Program, we’re looking forward to a jam-packed term ahead in Cornucopia!

We’ll be heading out into the fresh air and getting our hands dirty in the garden. Spring is sprung and so there’s plenty to do: watering, mulching, harvesting crops from autumn, planting new crops that’ll be ready by the end of term and others that won’t be ready until autumn.

We’ll also be getting into the kitchen and making some delicious stuff.

In Week 3 we’ll be learning to knead dough, pick herbs from the garden, and make delicious classic pizzas!

In Week 4 we’ll be learning about seasonality by making a beautiful fruit salad out of fresh, seasonal produce. We’ll also be shaking up milk into cream!

In Week 6 we’ll be helping prepare for the 15th Birthday Open Day by making, stuffing, and rolling traditional Greek dolmades!

Term 3 After School Program 2018

 

TERM 3 AFTER SCHOOL PROGRAM
WEEK 1
INTRO SESSIONS
Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
Chill out zone: bean bags, books/audio + drawing equip
merged groups VC- obstacle course VC- jedi/ skipping VC-obstacle course VC- jedi WC-herbed Crackers
taster activities CC-water colours, dioramas & plastacine CC- outdoor concrete pot painting CC- Ojo de Dios CC- glazing butterfly tiles. Gardening + stencilling smocks
make-do construction make-do construction make-do construction make-do construction make-do construction
WEEK 2
CREATIVE CATALYST Nesting- a weaving odyssey 1 Masks Of The World (clay) 1 Patterns in Nature (varied) 1 bird houses (clay) 1
VALA (DAWNSAGA FANTASY) Return to the Mountain, Thief of Hope: Lurkers in the Murkwood (DAWN OF LEGEND) Golden Age of Greek Heroes, Crew of Odysseus: Isle of Circe (DAWN of HISTORY) Norse America: The Micmac Princess (DAWN of HISTORY) Roman Britain: Attack on the Wall
CORNUCOPIA Russian Apple Scrolls
SPARKS Vala Make Believe WC- Russian Apple Scrolls Be a Giant and make a River System! Vala Make Believe Hula Hoop weaving
MINI
SPARKS
Marble Painting Clay Mini masks Stories in the teepee Ball Games All the Building!
WEEK 3
CREATIVE CATALYST Nesting- a weaving odyssey 2 Masks of the World (clay)2 Patterns in Nature (varied) 2 bird houses (clay)2
VALA (DAWNSAGA FANTASY) Return to the Mountain, Thief of Hope: Lurkers in the Murkwood (DAWN OF LEGEND) Golden Age of Greek Heroes, Crew of Odysseus: Isle of Circe (DAWN of HISTORY) Norse America: The Micmac Princess (DAWN of HISTORY) Roman Britain: Attack on the Wall
CORNUCOPIA Wash Potatoes for Wed! Scrumptious potato skins
SPARKS Nest weaving Vala Make Believe WC- Scrumptious Potato Skins Pinch pot bird houses Dress Ups
MINI
SPARKS
jumping games Paper mask Potato Stamps Dress ups/tea party music games
WEEK 4
CREATIVE CATALYST Nesting- a weaving odyssey 3 Masks of the World (clay) 3 Patterns in Nature (varied) 3 bird houses 3 (clay)
VALA (DAWNSAGA FANTASY) Return to the Mountain, Thief of Hope: Lurkers in the Murkwood (DAWN OF LEGEND) Golden Age of Greek Heroes, Crew of Odysseus: Isle of Circe (DAWN of HISTORY) Norse America: The Micmac Princess (DAWN of HISTORY) Roman Britain: Attack on the Wall
CORNUCOPIA Gardening
SPARKS Vala Make Believe clay masks Vala Make Believe WC-Chinese dumplings Paper garden
MINI
SPARKS
Sew What Parachute Games Spiral doodle Dumplings Plant a seed
WEEK 5
CREATIVE CATALYST open day/ self portrait 1 open day/ seed pictures 1 open day/ Short Story 1 Open Day/ Avian Animalia 1 open day
VALA (DAWNSAGA FANTASY) Return to the Mountain, Thief of Hope: Lurkers in the Murkwood (DAWN OF LEGEND) Golden Age of Greek Heroes, Crew of Odysseus: Isle of Circe (DAWN of HISTORY) Norse America: The Micmac Princess (DAWN of HISTORY) Roman Britain: Attack on the Wall
CORNUCOPIA Bread rolls
SPARKS self portrait Vala Make Believe Comic Book Vala Make Believe WC-Pumpkin soup & meat + veg soup
MINI
SPARKS
Collage paint mini masks Frame work self portraits Puppet Show
WEEK 6
CREATIVE CATALYST self portrait 2 seed pictures 2 Short Story 2 Avian Animalia 2 make up gloop for Monday!
VALA (DAWNSAGA FANTASY) Return to the Mountain, Thief of Hope – DEFENDER: Flashback to Urs-skin’s Training (DAWN OF LEGEND) Golden Age of Greek Heroes – DEFENDER: Flashback to the Walls of Troy (DAWN of HISTORY) Norse America – DEFENDER: Flashback to Past Viking Raids (DAWN of HISTORY) Roman Britain – DEFENDER: Flashback to Legionary Training
CORNUCOPIA Father’s Day Chocolate Balls
SPARKS WC- Father’s Day Chocolate balls paint clay masks Vala Make Believe Bird Nest Ninja Training Camp
MINI
SPARKS
chocolate balls Board Games Ball games clay birds Stories in the teepee
WEEK 7
CREATIVE CATALYST paper power 1 Colour Explosion 1 Spring Garden Printmaking 1 mouth caves 1
VALA (DAWNSAGA FANTASY) Return to the Mountain, Thief of Hope: Lurkers in the Murkwood (DAWN OF LEGEND) Golden Age of Greek Heroes, Crew of Odysseus: Isle of Circe (DAWN of HISTORY) Norse America: The Micmac Princess (DAWN of HISTORY) Roman Britain: Attack on the Wall
CORNUCOPIA Salvadorian Papusa
SPARKS Vala Make Believe WC- Salvadoria Papusa Printing from food Vala Make Believe Collage Monster
MINI
SPARKS
music games water colours All the Building! jumping games Cooking
WEEK 8
CREATIVE CATALYST paper power 2 Colour Explosion 2 Spring Garden Printmaking 2 mouth caves 2
VALA (DAWNSAGA FANTASY) Return to the Mountain, Thief of Hope: Lurkers in the Murkwood (DAWN OF LEGEND) Golden Age of Greek Heroes, Crew of Odysseus: Isle of Circe (DAWN of HISTORY) Norse America: The Micmac Princess (DAWN of HISTORY) Roman Britain: Attack on the Wall
CORNUCOPIA Gardening
SPARKS Paper Mache animal masks Vala Make Believe WC- Scottish Shortbread painting bird houses & nests Vala Make Believe
MINI
SPARKS
Goblin Workshop colour mixing beading parachute games dress ups
WEEK 9
CREATIVE CATALYST paper power 3 Colour Explosion 3 Spring Garden Printmaking 3 mouth caves 3
VALA (DAWNSAGA FANTASY) Return to the Mountain, Thief of Hope: Lurkers in the Murkwood (DAWN OF LEGEND) Golden Age of Greek Heroes, Crew of Odysseus: Isle of Circe (DAWN of HISTORY) Norse America: The Micmac Princess (DAWN of HISTORY) Roman Britain: Attack on the Wall
CORNUCOPIA take dough out of freezer for WC + CPA Lancaster potato cakes
SPARKS Vala Make Believe colour discovery Vala Make Believe WC-Lancaster potato cakes watercolours
MINI
SPARKS
Plant a seed ball games music games Sew what watercolours
WEEK 10
CREATIVE CATALYST finish and take home projects finish and take home projects finish and take home projects finish and take home projects
VALA God Save the Queen God Save the Queen God Save the Queen God Save the Queen
CORNUCOPIA Pizza Express
SPARKS paint animal masks paint animal masks Vala Make Believe WC-Pizza Express
MINISPARKS free choice free choice free choice free choice

We are looking for a Caterer!

looking for the perfect caterer
a perfect job for someone…

Sadly Ruth of Scrumpers Garden is leaving us to focus on her growing Farmers Market commitments. So we are looking for a caterer. If you ever wanted to get involved with catering with an ethical, organic and sustainable focus or believe healthy food makes a real difference in peoples lives, then you might like working with us!

Garden Bee creates a buzzzzzz

Moving the earth
The earth movers
How to Garden Bee
Garden Bee

On Friday 11th May a few daring souls braved the cold to attend our garden bee. Fortified with pumpkin soup and focaccia loaded with fresh herbs from our herb garden students, aeoncademy staff, students and volunteers helped to move garden beds, shift soil, rake leaves, plant bulbs, seedlings and even weed! As a result the front has been transformed into a new design ready to explode into action in Spring.

Unstoppable worker
A boy and his Wheelbarrow
homemade and delicious
Soup Glorious Soup
all about gardening
A Keen Gardener
they love to cook
Focaccia Makers

 

Over the coming months further gardening will continue the transformation of this space along with the garden beds into an interactive cornucopia of edible and sensory plants. We look forward to the nature play opportunities as well as nourishment this place is going to provide for our students and programs overall.

And never-fear, you can always make the next garden Bee 🙂

 

Cornucopia Expands!

Due to the overwhelming success of the the Cornucopia class on Monday we are now expanding!

We have 7 more spaces available. So if you would like to book in, please get in touch now.

Another Cornucopia class is opening up on Tuesday pending sufficient interest. Book in now to make it happen.

We introduced Cornucopia last term to great aplomb, and straight away our students have gotten super excited about the fantastic mix of making amazing dishes, and growing organic food.

This term in Cornucopia will be an adventure in condiments, summer treats and (by popular demand) making lasagne from scratch.

The group did some intense planning at the end of last term and came up with some great ideas, including flat bread, butter, mayo, jam, seed spread, guacamole, salsa, hummus, crackers, chips, custard, meringues, ice cream and sorbet, and then all the bits to make an amazing lasagne – meat sauce, Béchamel, pasta and Mozzarella cheese.

Snacks and Soil

Cottage cheese, jerky, crackers and dips – The children of Cornucopia have, over the past few weeks, made this essential suite of snack foods and taken them home to share with their families.

We made labne from our own yoghurt which we mixed with herbs from the garden, and curdled some milk with lemon juice for a simple curd cheese.A really enjoyable time was had by all when the Sparks joined Cornucopia to share the jerky making (and eating) process. Together we made BBQ, tomato salsa, pepper and herbs and honey soy sesame flavours and guzzled them all down. However, the most popular activity so far was this week’s crackers and dips. Nobody realised that crackers were so easy and that eggplant could actually taste good. Hopefully there was some left for families when the packages of biscuits got home.

On the garden side of the program we have been looking at what makes up soils with Penny from Caroola Farm. Cornucopia participants bought jars of soil from their gardens and we also looked into the soil in our beds at Aeon. It was very cool to see how all the samples were different and how we could turn them into the perfect growing medium. And as for growing, you should see our crop of oyster mushrooms growing in the art room. They have shot out of their box at a phenomenal rate and we have already harvested the first crop.

In the last few weeks of term we will be making some really simple homemade meals to take home to our families. Real baked beans and some fresh egg pasta with a simple tomato sauce. Hopefully if we manage to do a bit extra we can off it to other hungry families to take home too.

From the Kitchen and Garden

Cornucopia (our Kitchen and Garden program) started the term looking at breakfast food that most of us would buy at the store but are very simple to make ourselves. On the menu was baked muesli, Greek yoghurt and stewed fruits. Last week we had a great time teaming up with the Sparks and making a large variety of dried fruit and yoghurt leathers, then planting out strawberries in the garden. One day perhaps we will make strawberry leathers from our own fruit.

Mushroom box!

Two weeks ago we had some great fun making breads, and comparing the difference between a traditional sourdough and dried yeast bread. Both turned out beautifully, and so super tasty eaten hot from the oven. The following week we made some soft cheese to go on our breads, and were visited from Penny at Caroola Farm who is going to teach us about the different soils we have in our gardens and how to test them.

Also coming out of the kitchen last week Scrumpers Garden had cooked up some tasty treats for open day. There was a chunky veggie soup, garlic bread and sourdough croutons. Golden Beetroot dip and crackers. The Buckwheat choc chip cookies and yoghurt cake proved very popular along with the Scrumpers Garden preserves for sale on the day.

 

Cornucopia begins with Breakfast

To kick off our great new kitchen and garden program this week we are, of course, going to start with the most important meal of the day: breakfast.

From throughout human history, we have been consuming grains and seeds to give us the energy we need to operate at our best, and from neolithic periods throughout Europe, to the fantastic spread of Mesopotamia, and beyond we’ve used cereals, honey and fermented foods for millennia.

A Cornucopia Breakfast

Exploring the origins of breakfast, in Cornucopia over the next fortnight we will be making baked muesli, traditional Greek yoghurt and winter stewed fruits.

In the interests of reducing packaging waste, if you are able, please send your child with 3 jars or containers for the second class to put their goodies in. These do not need to be new or matching, just clean and sealable to take home.

We’ve also started to take the time designing concepts for the evolving kitchen garden at Aeoncademy, a staple of the Cornucopia experience.

Cornucopia Garden