Gardening on the NEW roof-garden!

Its such a pleasure to now have a beautiful, soon-to-be-green natural space on the Blandford Street roof, thanks to Deborah Loads and the finance department!

The D&T Department alongside Science and the maintenance staff have been working our magic to get it going before this new growing season kicks in.

here are some brief photos of the D&T Department working our magic on the space last week during our lunch break.

We will continue to keep you updated as we progress!

Seasonal Foods

When you buy seasonal food you are helping to reduce environmental impact caused by the shipping & transportation from other countries, this means less refrigeration as well as supporting local farming demand for out of season produce…If produce is not being shipped this means there are less artificial hothouses, less fuels and less irradiation of produce which generally helps to produce less GHG emissions, compared to fruit and vegetables that are grown under protection, are imported or stored!

Food picked in season is also usually a lot cheaper than that of its out-of-season counterparts because overheads are lower due to the above mentioned stages required to transport and store goods.

It’s more nutritious. Eating locally is not only tastier, it’s also healthier! Ripe fruits and vegetables contain the most nutrients, as the minute they’re picked, their plant cells begin to shrink and their nutrients diminish



Within our Food & Nutrition GCSE Courses, Year 10 & 11 have been focusing on ingredients which are in season (and some even grown in department using our urban cultivator to start them off which was funded by The Savoy Educational Trust). The current theme being Butternut Squash.

Year 11 students followed a French recipe making ‘Butternut Squash Sage and Gruyère Pithivier’ where they each brushed-up on their pastry making skills by making the rough puff pastry themselves and practiced their outer pastry designs.

The pastry was made from scratch individually by each student using the new blast chiller which was also funded by the Savoy Educational Trust. We get so much use from the blast chiller in this department! its sometimes used in all three double-periods per day! It has been incredibly beneficial to all of our students in showing them industry standard procedures and bringing a higher quality finish to their final dishes. It has also been beneficial to students by speeding up the making time and allowing more theory teaching time.

Year 10 students worked on improving their home-made pasta skills with a ‘Butternut Squash, Spinach, Ricotta stuffed Tortellini’ with the pasta made fresh and rolled out both by hand and by use of a pasta press.
Below is their process.

DT students have been busy working on their projects!

After half term Key Stage 3 students will be moving into new areas of Design and Technology(DT). We are taking this opportunity to share some of the wonderful work created so far which they will be bringing home shortly. 

To support the creativity and learning of all our students we rely on a voluntary contribution each year towards the materials and ingredients throughout their time in DT. 

At the beginning of the year we ask for a single voluntary contribution of £8.00 at KS3 and £12.00 at KS4. This allows us to have resources ready for students to maximise their experience in this practical subject. 

Thank you for your support!

here are some great examples of student work

Year 7 DT Product –  Electronic Money Boxes

Year 7 DT Graphics –  Pop Up Invitations
Year 8 DT Product –  CADCAM Polymer Photo Frames
Year 8 DT Textiles –  Soft Toys
Year 9 DT Textiles –  Sashiko Purse
Year 9 DT Product –  CADCAM Trinket Boxes, Birdfeeders and Insect Houses

First Lego League Robotics Competition – Robot Design Winners 2022!

Cargo Connect 

On Saturday, 22nd January (DT Club students) won the robot design for the First Lego League Competition. Dedicated DT Club students took part in the regional finals at Bechtel’s offices in Park Royal. They showed excellent teamwork and, in the short time that was available, prepared and competed this season’s Cargo Connect Project and Robot Mission! 

For the Project, students investigated and designed alternative power sources to transport goods to reduce the impact on the environment.  They were also delighted with the 175 points scored by successfully programming and completing their robot missions.

Their teamwork paid off! They won the Robot Design Trophy by showing the judges how effective they were at working together. 

Well done to Lea, Megan and Misha in Year 11, Isabella, Mia and Sara in Year 9 and Georgete, Ioanna and Penelope in Year 7 for their hard work Lego building, project making and participation in the competition. 

We are hoping to welcome new Lego Roboteers to DT Club on Thursdays after school to continue with our quest for the top prize!

Presenting the Core Values

Robot Missions!

The Trophy and getting a tour by the Chief Engineer !

Presenting the Project and the team Marylebone Transformers!

Department Growing Update!

Our radish are coming along quite blissfully at the moment as we are getting a lot of sunlight coming through the windows on the third floor.

For anyone who saw our last blog post with growing updates, our first crop of radish greens has progressed:

Basil, Chilli’s & Kale from Mrs Barden- looking very happy in the sunlight!

Things you can use as planters: Upcycling!

This week I would like to discuss different objects that people commonly and uncommonly use as planters. Technically, anything can be used as a planter which has some kind of depth to it- enough to hold some soil, and depending on the type of plant you are growing the size can be smaller than you might expect!

Here at St Marylebone, we have been using recycled plastic containers, mainly from our school lunches. So today I am going to give you a few ideas for what recycled waste items you can begin your growing in.
Things you can use as planters:
Hanging basket ideas:
large milk cartons and soap/detergent containers
Large 5-7L plastic water bottles cut tops off
Multiple tins any size – you can collect large tins from places like restaurants and cafes
Glass jars any size- again, you could ask at your local food places for these waste items
plastic cylindrical  soup containers

Window ledge planting:
Large 2-7L Plastic bottles – cut centre out length ways so laying flat
ice-cream tubs or take away Tupperware containers
cardboard juice cartons lay on their sides
General pot inspiration:
Glass jars in an assortment of sizes- looks great stacked
cardboard egg boxes for smaller or starter growing like cress, chives or baby succulents


Less common/Novelty planter ideas

Ornamental novelty planting ideas (Alice mum toys, boots. natural woven bags, lightbulbs, bicycle, Colanders. Colanders are not only useful for draining: they are great used as alternative hanging flower pots. n Tea pots. Muffin tins. An old sink. Buckets. Bathtubs with legs. Watering cans. Toilet. Old bin. Chest of drawers. Chair. Teapots. Tea cups. Light bulbs. Corks. Pots and pans woks. Tyres. Dolls heads, trucks & other toys. Wearables: jeans wellies bra boots bags. Mannequins. Egg cup. Fabric shoe rack. Drainpipe

Year 10 Hand-Made Paper With Flower & Seed Implantation

Last week the Design and Technology Product Designers practiced making paper by hand while encasing seeds inside. This was something Mrs Barden first tried in the department last year after the lockdown with this years year 11s using dried pressed flowers inside. Below I will give you a step by step on how to do this process yourself and what tools and equipment you will need.

What you will need:

Elastic bands, a sponge, a frame and mesh of some kind, a an old food processor you no longer use for food, and finally, some items to encase into your paper for decoration. You will also need an absorbent towel as this can be a very messy process.

Here are some of our students outcomes:

Here is a photographic step by step of the process:


Updates On Our Growing!

Mrs Barden has brought in some of her crops that she began to plant throughout the Summer holidays for us to continue cultivating and we have begun to plant our radish this week using some old used paper cups as pots. Fingers crossed they will have progressed by next week for another update!

Welcome Back All, From the D&T Department!

Welcome back all!

I thought I would take this time to refresh your memory on where were were at with our little growing green project at the end of term.

Below are a few images taken on the last day of school. We are happy to announce that they are still going strong and coming to the end of their fruit producing season and were looked after by a member of staff while we were off for the summer break.

We are currently in the process of planning our next seasonal crops and we cant wait to share with you how it goes!

We think our winter crops planted in the Urban Cultivator that was funded by the Savoy Educational Trust will be mostly winter greens, Calvo Nero kale and possibly some bulbs to brighten up the food room.

Stay tuned for our next post on Year 10’s recent paper-making practical where they implanted seeds and pressed flowers into their own hand-made paper.

Have a great week everyone!

Hand-Made Insect Hotel + Weekly growing updates!

I thought I would end the year with a final post following on from last weeks discussion of Bees & Bee hotels where I promised to share a post on how you can attempt to make your own bee hotel from collected waste materials??!
As we are coming close to the summer holidays I thought I this would be a perfect time to provide you with an activities you can do over the summer break.

I found this activity on the RHS website so hopefully it works for you successfully.

What you’ll need:
You do not need to build it too large, you can simply use:
-Some kind of container or box with a base (9 – 15cm in size) A terracotta plant pot works well.
-Modelling clay
-Plastic straws, toilet roll or kitchen roll tubes or bamboo canes
-any other scraps of wood offcuts or tubing
-String

I also added an additional few layers of ironed plastic bags to make the outside of my design a little more waterproof. if you are considering adding this to your design please make sure someone is at home to help you carry out this technique safely. you will need some plastic bags of your choice, an iron and some greaseproof or siloconised baking paper.

What to do:
-Cut the straws or bamboo canes to a length that fits the depth of your container. If you are using bamboo canes you might need someone to carry out this part as it’s tricky.

-Tie the bundle of straws or canes together with a piece of string.

-Place some modelling clay in the bottom of the container and stick the bundle of straws or canes in to the clay.

-Add any other bits of wood or tubing scraps if there is still a lot of space between the tubes. Place the container horizontally in your garden in a quiet place for the bees to move in.

You should also consider the placement it will sit in your garden, is it a covered sheltered location? Seeing as I have made my prototype from mostly card it will have to sit in a semi sheltered location.

If you are a St Marylebone student make sure to keep us posted on your progress and send in some images that we can share.

: Taken from the RHS website/ By Miss Dorman of her upcycled waste Bee hotel.



First Lego League (FLL) Robotics Competition – Core Values Winner 2021

Ms Barden ran her regular DT enrichment – ‘First Lego League Competition’ sponsored by Bechtel along with a group of students to put together this season’s Replay Project and Robot Mission! 

For the Project, students investigated alternative ways student activity could potentially power the school.  They were also delighted with the 140 points scored by successfully programming and completing their attempted robot missions.

Their teamwork paid off! They won the Core Values Trophy by showing the judges how effective they were at working together. 

Well done to Nikoo and Lea in Year 10 and Mia and Isabella in you 8 for their hard work and dedication making participation in the competition possible. 

We are hoping to welcome new Lego Roboteers in September to continue with our quest for the top prize!



The Final Growing Updates of This School Year!

As you can see below, our bell peppers are growing tremendously, our tomatoes are beginning to ripen on both types of tomato plants and we now have two aubergines coming in, and finally, our Basil and Rosemary plants that we planted in February 2020 just before the first Lockdown are still going strong!

Our urban cultivator (funded by the Savoy Educational Trust) has produced healthy green pea shoots, radish leaves and basil which some of the KS3 students have been using in their dishes. As we have come to the end of term, we have sent some basil plants home with some of the students so they can nurture them and reap their reward. Here’s Sala, Lexi & Ellie with their basil plants!

Unfortunately some of the plants will reach their peak during the Summer holidays, members of staff will be taking them home to look after during the summer holidays.

We cant wait to start our autumn crop! 

HAVE AN AMAZING AND RELAXING SUMMER HOLIDAY ALL! We will be back in September with more Growing tips, tricks and department updates!

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