Stephanie Alexander Kitchen Garden

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In February 2004 the Stephanie Alexander Kitchen Garden Foundation was established, a not-for-profit organisation dedicated to the ongoing support of the successful project at Collingwood College, and to introducing Kitchen Gardens into other primary schools.

The Foundation wants to spread the word that by teaching children in a pleasurable way about growing, harvesting, preparing and sharing food, we are able to create a significant force for change..

My daughters school, East Bentleigh Primary School, is applying for a grant for the Stephanie Alexander kitchen garden project.

Children will have gardening lessons where they get to grow and harvest food and then cooking lessons where they get to cook and eat it together. It’s all about getting children eating healthily through hands on, fun experiences with food. The grant only provides part funding and to be eligible to apply we have to get sponsorship from local businesses and community groups. The money/goods/services will be used to build the kitchen classroom and establish the vegetable garden and to help run the program etc.

So we need your HELP!…
Great pledges and donations have been received to date, and the school is tantalisingly close to having its own kitchen garden, but there are still things needed so please read the following list, and if you know of any way of assisting, please advise immediately as time is of the essence now!

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Still desperately needed is help from skilled tradespeople who can donate services/equipment or provide them at discounted rates. If you can help with any of the following, please complete the following details and email your pledge

Postal address to put on the letter
Email or fax
Phone number

Once you give these details, a letter and pledge form will be forwarded.

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The Wish List
for the Kitchen:
plumbing services for the sinks & gas cook tops
electrical services to connect stoves, range hoods & power points
cabinet makers/builders to install shelves & cupboards

for the Garden:
garden design
fencing installation
garden machinery eg earth movers, digging equipment
concrete mixer
expertise in water irrigation systems

If you have any queries, please email here
and thank you… in advance

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First Lady takes Governor-General reins

by Peter Jean and Ben Packham for the HeraldSun

KEVIN Rudd has broken with 107 years of tradition by announcing the appointment of Australia’s first female Governor-General.
The Prime Minister said yesterday Queensland Governor Quentin Bryce would become the Queen’s senior representative in Australia in September.

Ms Bryce described her appointment as “a great day for Australian women”. “I grew up in a little bush town in Queensland with 200 people,” she said.

“And what this day says to Australian women and Australian girls is that you can do anything, you can be anything, and it makes my heart sing to see women in so many diverse roles across our country.”

Ms Bryce, 65, is a married mother of five with five grandchildren.

What more can you say?
Congratulations Quentin and we look forward to reading/hearing more about your continued fine work.

seems you can live dreams…

22 year old Melbournian girl in desperate need for some guidance

Dear Denise,

Thank you so much for all the information. I agree with you that experience is the essential thing at the moment, so I am going to complete a certificate 4 in training and get straight into the work force. You really helped clear up the point about continuing with further studying after gaining the experience, so that is what I will do.

I will definitely look into the links you sent and have already contacted the AITD for some information.

Lastly, of course you may add my e-mail and your response to the blog. Your input has been of real guidance to me and I THANK YOU so much. I will let you know of my progress if that is ok with you.

With heart felt gratitude and appreciation


Sent: Tue 4/8/2008 11:56 AM
To: C Fonseka
Subject: 22 year old Melbournian girl in desperate need for some guidance

hello C
good to hear from you

having given this some thought, here’s what I suggest….
You already have one degree so I don’t think you really need another to commence your career pathway. You would be better off to get some ‘experience’, and runs on the board, in a workplace and go from there. You could always study part-time to pursue other qualifications and if you pick the right employer, they will probably pay for it too!

Given the current talent shortage you shouldn’t have a problem getting a junior role that will give you a foothold into HR/L&D/OD etc.

If you did want to go down the studying path…
yes, there is the bachelor of training and development or from memory, there is a Masters of Organisational Development (or something like that) at RMIT. You could even look at being an Organisational Psych if that was of interest

Also investigate some of the associations for further information…
AITD = the Australian Institute of Training and Development
AHRI = the Australian Human Resources Institute
ODA = Organisational Development Australia
and for a job, I would have a look at to get a handle on what’s available etc, as well as going to SEEK etc.

I’m sure this will keep you busy for now.
Best of luck in your future endeavours.

Now, a question for you…
would you be OK if I was to add your email and my response to the entrepreneurial mother blog please?


Denise Hall
The Entrepreneurial Mother


—–Original Message—————————-
From: C Fonseka
Sent: Wednesday, 2 April 2008 3:31 PM
Subject: 22 year old Melbournian girl in desperate need for some guidance

Dear Denise,

Your story is truly inspiring and I am hoping you can provide me with some advice. I just completed my Bachelor of Behavioural Neuroscience degree (Honours, Monash University) last year and am currently working as a researcher. However, I have a burning passion for the field of self and organizational development and finally made the decision to pursue a career in this field.

I just learnt of the Bachelor of training and development course offered at Melbourne Uni, and see that you have completed that too. Would you recommend this to be a good starting point for me in pursing this career pathway or can you see anyway other way that I can enter into the work force directly and use external training programs to help guide me along?

I can only imagine how busy you must be so any information you can provide me with would be much appreciated. Reading about role models like you has opened my eyes to the unlimited potential within all of us and the power to create life as we want it to be.

Many thanks and warm wishes,

Celebrating Women – International Womens Day luncheon

Last week I was most fortunate to be invited to speak at the Celebrating Women – International Womens Day luncheon for the Mornington Peninsula Shire Women in the Workplace and Frankston City Council Women Connect Networking groups, to recognise and celebrate the 215 attendees for their fine efforts to date.
Make the most of it ladies, and here’s to us!

Two students from Community VCAL, Bianca Mitchell and Emily Best, who attended the lunch also got a lot out of it… here is what they have to say about it. The girls put these words together to be included in the SkillsPlus program newsletter. Bianca further commented, when asked if the luncheon had any influence on her future, “I plan on working harder and just to believe in myself” was her reply… And you know what, that’s all she fundamentally needs to do.

As the coordinator of the Skills Plus program told me via email, “these girls were very much disengaged from a traditional school environment. As a result of our more non-traditional approach, we have seen a huge turn around in their self-esteem and educational values”… Based on the girls article, when given the chance to do something different like attending the lunch, they gained a lot more than they expected… just what we like to hear!

Two more students from the Elizabeth Murdoch College, Amy Winchester Yr 11 VCAL Captain and Jasmine Biviano Yr 11 VCAL Vice Captain, had this to say… “Denise Hall said four things that have really stuck in our minds:
“Luck is where opportunity and hard work meet”
“Education is the key to living an alternative (better) life”
“Grow to be the best you can be”
“It’s not about finding yourself but creating yourself”
These four quotes are now part of the Year 11 VCAL girl’s motivational strategies.” and are featured in the College newsletter for March (p5).

Students from another 14 schools also chose to take part in the celebrations.

International Women’s Day… Hhmmmm
Without wanting to put a dampener…. I’m in two minds about this one I have to say. Only because to me it’s a bit like “mothers day”… on one hand, I’m very pleased that a day is set aside where significant women in our lives are idolised (including us!)… but then on the other hand, shouldn’t every day be like that? Shouldn’t continued recognition and celebration and reward be the norm?

Surely, one of our main roles in life is to set sail, strive to ‘do it my way’, be celebrated for that fact and, enjoy the ride!

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This workshop will be just the thing your need if you’re feeling stuck…. I will be keep you up to date as to where and when these will be running.

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