The Peppercorn – not just a tree

The Peppercorn tree, that dominates the centre of the playground, is not ‘just a tree’. It’s an outdoor learning space (you’ll often see classes enjoying the shade while hard at work); it’s a meeting place (all KPS kids know that ‘under the tree’ refers to our beautiful Peppercorn); it’s play equipment (is there any greater joy for kids than conquering the branches of a big tree?); and it’s symbolic for the school, lending naming rights to both a writing competition and a biannual BBQ.

Alex St.Claire gives the lowdown on the upcoming Peppercorn BBQ, to be held on Friday, February 19th, from 5-7pm.

peppercorn-bbq-4What is the Peppercorn BBQ?

Named for the historic Peppercorn tree that shelters the middle school playground in the centre of Kew Primary School, the Peppercorn BBQ is traditionally held twice a year.
At the beginning of the year, it’s a chance to get to know new families and staff of the school in a relaxed and informal setting. At the end of the year, it’s a celebration and farewell held just before school breaks up for the final term.

peppercorn-bbq-2What is provided?

There will be plenty of chairs and tables set up, and food and drink, such as sausages, icy poles and soft drinks, for sale.

Parents often provide music through live performances or DJing. If you’ve got ideas for food or entertainment, come along to the PTA meeting to share – we’d love to see you!

Some years we have a theme and we’ve held some great ones in the past, including 2013’s World Food and Dance and an Australian Bush Dance in 2012.

peppercorn-bbq-5What should I bring?

Please bring cash to buy your food and drinks.

Many families bring food to share and their own drinks (parents are invited to BYO). From personal experience, plastic wine glasses, a knife for any cheese, wet wipes and spare clothes in case of water fights are handy items to have in your picnic basket.

How can I help?

Keep an eye out on the KPS skoolbag app for the volunteer sign up sheet to lend a hand (tasks include setting up, picking up supplies, cooking sausages and serving drinks) or just help pack up a few chairs and tables and clear up some rubbish before you leave.

Alex St. Claire


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