Quayside Isle Preparatory School at Sentosa Cove
Butterfly Garden
As our academic year drew to a close, QuIPS students, teachers and families launched into a new community project with Sentosa Cove Resort Management.

SCRM have been working tirelessly to restore a patch of land to former glory by planting and upkeeping hundreds of new plants and herbs to grow a wonderful nature reserve for butterflies and other mini-beasts.

Our children have created personalised signage for the garden out of recyclable items, linked to a QR code that members of the public can scan and find out all about each plant, what they look like, how they smell, what they can be used for, along with images of their artwork they created whilst learning about their class plant.

On Thurs 9th June, QuIPS children were invited to come and place their signs and explore the garden. We made the event even more special by taking part in a whole school yoga session, led by Ms Merisa to celebrate nature around us. The children were invited to partake in refreshments that were very kindly laid on by SCRM whilst they carried out some nature based scavenger hunts and activities.

A wonderful day was had by all, and represents the beginning of a great partnership between QuIPS and SCRM as we watch the children and our garden grow.

Keep a look out on our Community Projects page of our website to learn what's next!
Aloe Vera
Scientific Name: Aloe Vera
The leaves contain a clear, tasteless tissue which is chopped and added raw to beverages and desserts for its jelly-like consistence.

The bitter, outer green layer of the leaf should be peeled away before consuming the inner flesh which is known as aloe vera gel.

The aloe vera gel has medicinal properties and can be applied to minor cuts and burns to aid healing. However, according to folk medicine, it is ingested as a cure for constipation but research has found that ingestion of Aloe vera caused intestinal tumors in rats, suggesting there are safety concerns regarding its consumption. Side effects from topical application to the skin have not been detected.

The gel has also been added in the making of skin moisturizers.
Scientific Name: Ocimum Basilicum
It is popularly used as a herb in food and can be found in Thai, Vietnamese, Laotian and Cambodian cuisines.

The leaves are often stir-fried with meat or added to Vietnamese beef soup (known as 'pho’).
Black Face General
Scientific Name: Strobilanthes Crispa
Leaves have medicinal properties.

In folk medicine, it has been used to treat cancer, diabetes, jaundice, haemorrhoids and ulcers.

It is usually consumed as a tea or infusion of the leaves.
Scientific Name: Artemisia vulgaris
The leaves are edible with an aromatic and bitter taste and can either be eaten raw or cooked.

It is used in food as a flavouring herb for fatty fishes, stuffing for meat, and as greenish colouring agent for rice dumplings in Japan and Korea.

The plant is also used to repel insects.
Scientific Name: Mentha × piperita
The leaves are fragrant and edible.

It is used as an ingredient in food as a
favouring in ice cream, tea etc.

It has medicinal properties in the form of essential oil that is used to treat indigestion, headache, colic, gingivitis, irritable bowel syndrome, spasms and rheumatism.

It relaxes muscles; increases stomach acidity to aid digestion and eases intestinal cramping.

The dried plant is used medicinally as a carminative, nervine, and stimulant.

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