A Childish Plot!

Work in Progress

“Where children can delight in nature and discover a passion for plants…”


We have all heard about our plans for a Sensory Garden and asked what happened to our pavers! Well it’s been a long journey but our Sensory Garden & Outdoor Classroom is well under construction!

During the school holidays, works commenced on our visionary Sensory Garden & Outdoor Classroom. This is our enduring gift for our school from a school community who values our children’s learning experiences both within and outside the classroom.

The Garden came as a result of the School requesting the P & C for their support to celebrate the School’s 20th Anniversary in February 2016. The P & C recommended a Paver Fundraiser to sell pavers to the families of the School both past and present to be included in a Sensory Garden as a living gift to all students past, present and future.

With thanks to our school families and local businesses who have supported our many fundraising efforts, we have been able to provide further financial assistance to enable the hardscaping of the Garden to be undertaken. We are ever grateful to BNJ Landscaping who successfully tendered for the project and is currently undertaking hardscaping works.

So what is a Sensory Garden & Outdoor Classroom?

A Sensory Garden seeks to enliven sensory nerves through specific selection and careful arrangement of various garden elements. Sensory perceptions that range from sight and hearing, smell and touch, to even taste can be evoked by a sensory garden. A sensory garden can serve therapeutic and educational purposes for children.

The common focus of all sensory gardens is the creation of an immersive experience that appeals to one or more of the five senses that is beyond the scope and design of an average garden. To some degree, the experience for observers and participants is often described to be invigorating, relaxing and stimulating.

A sensory garden is a way of communicating with nature and stimulates children to the value of their five senses.

What the garden is not, is a playground! This is a “learnscape” – where children are taken outdoors to experience and learn in a natural environment. There is no playground equipment – only learning equipment that supports a child.


The TPPS Sensory Garden and Outdoor Classroom Project aims to meet the needs of our school for 21st Century Learning, to be a sustainable resource and to use the physical site and available resources to their fullest. It aims to offer a place that enriches the teaching efforts of our dedicated teachers with powerful hands-on experiences that make learning come alive – connecting students to nature, life-long skills, achievement and behaviours.


It is hoped that our garden will benefit our children in various ways including but not limited to:

  1. Positive impact on student achievement and behavior
  2. Improvement in the knowledge of science
  3. Improvement in social skills and behaviours
  4. Improvement in environmental attitudes and the instillation of respect for nature
  5. Improvement in attitudes towards and the consumption of fruits and vegetables

The Sensory garden is not just a place for plant science and ecology; they are also places for art, music, math, creative writing, sharing and teamwork within the interconnected web of life.

What will it look like?

Our photos show the basics of the design – the garden will include:

  • A sensory trail constructed from various materials such as stones, grass and wood that provide sensory experiences. The trail is part of the larger pathway system with no dead ends and wide enough to accommodate wheelchair access so that the garden is all inclusive. 
  • Two seating areas:-
    • Outdoor seating and 20th Anniversary Paved area for our Outdoor Classroom showcasing the pavers from the fundraiser. The area does not include tables as this would inhibit the creativity and flow of the garden. The seating is circular rather than set in traditional classroom type arrangements.
    • A “sit and think” seat placed around an existing tree – a place to reflect and share ideas. Again circular in shape. We have deliberately avoided harsh angles and square shapes to ensure the designs flows.
  • Outdoor musical instruments
  • Plants and elements that reflect, excite and develop the five senses – a row of fruit trees, hedging to lure the child to the garden and experience what is beyond, herbs and grasses. All of the chosen plantings have been selected in accordance with DOE guidelines and we have considered possible allergies etc.
  • Artwork and sculpture
  • Spiral raised garden beds so that children can experience plantings at varying heights.
  • A dry creek bed using natural drainage on-site.
  • Weather stations and magnifying elements to see micro environments not to mention a windsock, sundial, peepholes and insect hotels!

The garden encompasses the whole area between the Vegie patch and Kinder classrooms extending to the new COLA an area of approximately 200 m2!

The project is a tangible project that we can shape over time – we look forward to achieving our vision and the result will be a garden and learning resource that keeps giving over time.

The Sensory Garden & Outdoor Classroom Project has generated great support from local businesses recognising the value for outdoor learning opportunities. We greatly appreciate the support of Fast Plast Building Supplies and Tradelink Port Macquarie.


NB: Some of the photos in this article are examples only. The end result may look different.

K-2 Kids BBQ @ Athletics Carnival

K-2 Athletics Carnival (1)


Hey Mums and Dads, Carers, Grandparents and Friends!

Join us for a Healthy Kids BBQ

@ the

K-2 Athletics Carnival

Thursday 7 September 2017!

Your P & C will be running a very special K-2 Kids BBQ at the K-2 Athletics Carnival following the Presentations. Yay! Even the spectators can enjoy our special BBQ – it makes you hungry watching kids being active! and our Canteen will be selling Coffee!

Our Menu will consist of: –

  • Steak Sandwich (lean minute steak with onion) $5.00
  • Char-grilled Chicken Burgers l served on a roll with lettuce and mayo $4.00
  • Sausage on a slice of bread $2.50
  • Salad Tubs $3.50
  • Water $1.50
  • Sipahh Milk Straws (these have less than 1/2 teaspoon sugar) using low-fat milk $2.00
  • Juices your choice of apple, apple and blackcurrant or tropical $ 1.50
  • Watermelon Wedges  $0.70
  • Pineapple Rings $0.40


Great! How do we order?

All lunch orders for the day are to be pre-ordered no later than 5 September 2017. This will allow us to order the correct quantities! Please don’t forget to tell us if there are any special dietary requirements! Verrry important!

  1. You will be able to pre-order your child’s lunch on Flexischools using the Special Canteen Menu that will be available. Orders must be placed no later than midnight 5 September 2017
  2. If you want to order via the paper bag system, please use the Order Form K2 Kids BBQ (1) and return to the Canteen with payment no later than 5 September 2017
  3. You or your child simply rock up to our BBQ to collect your items

So, we hope that you will pack a picnic blanket and join us on the day!

Oh, and one more thing! If you wish to volunteer and help at the BBQ that would be great! (and very appreciative), email us at canteen@tackingpointpandc.org.au or complete the slip K2 Kids BBQ (1)and return to the canteen or contact our K-2 Kids BBQ Coordinator Felicity Crocker on 0447084492. Free coffee and lunch provided for you! Thank you!

Girls Night Out! Paint the Town

Girl's Night OutPaint the Town Fundraiser

Join us as we paint, sip and party at our

Girls Night Out/

Paint The Town Fundraiser!

The Tacking Point Public School P & C Association are proud to be hosting a  Girls Night Out with Paint the Town Port for all of our Mum’s, friends of friends, aunts, and grandmothers! Come along and join us as Olivia from Paint the Town Port guides us through a step-by-step painting that you go home with at end of the night that you will be amazed YOU created.

We have a fun night planned that includes lucky door prizes, games, a glass of champers on arrival with a Dessert Table and other treats to tempt your taste buds and keep those creative juices flowing.

Tickets are available by returning your payment with the RSVP note to the Canteen no later than 8 September 2017. You can also pay online by direct transfer to the P & C’s Account as follows (please ensure that you send RSVP with your deposit details!):

 BSB: 032-586
Account #: 446814
Name of: Tacking Point Public School P & C Ass
Please use ref: “GNO (Surname)”

Click here for an RSVP Form: Paint the TownGirls Night Out (7)

When: Friday 15 September 2017
Time: 7:00 pm for 7:15 pm start
Where: TPPS School Hall
Inc: Champagne on arrival
Dessert Bar & other treats
BYO Alcohol

Are you able to help?

The P & C relies heavily on its volunteers to assist with all of our events. If you are able to assist in any way it would be greatly appreciated!

We need help with:

  • donations of suitable prizes
  • donations of cheese or fruit platters
  • donations of desserts or other sweet treats
  • donations of your time with set-up

For further details or questions, please contact Glenys E Rhodes on 0408 619 355 or via email to fundraising@tackingpointpandc.org.au OR  message us on Facebook!

Paint The Town

 Our P & C puts community into our school community!