A HUGE well done and thank you to our Green
School committee members: Maxx; Zachary; Laura; John; Aoife; Ruby; Arya; Riagan; Callum and Paddy who have shown great dedication and effort towards achieving our Green Flag for Global Citizenship and Marine Environment.
They have always worked hard, shown respect towards each other and worked as a team-we are so proud of them.
We also must say a massive thank you to parents for helping foster interest in your children, and in particular, Marianne Byrne, for going above and beyond for our school. She is truly an inspiration in her dedication and passion in the way she supports our students with their green-fingered endeavors.
Thanks also to Mr. Cousins and the teachers in Scoil Mhuire, who have delivered important lessons to support our theme of Global Citizenship and Marine Environment. Earning a Green School Flag is most certainly a team effort and we couldn't do it without the support of everyone within the school community.
A huge well done and congratulations to all of the students who took part in National Bike Week. We had a great response overall and hope to build on this next year.
We had a mix of students cycling and scooting to school or taking their bike for a spin in the evenings and it was great to see the hi-vis and helmets in use!
Thanks to everyone for supporting and encouraging your child this week.
A big shoutout to Ms. Gaul's Junior and Senior Infants class for being the most enthusiastic cyclists this week!
We are currently planning something big for our Ocean Explorer's Project!
Stay tuned for the big reveal!
How amazing are these?
Zachary, Georgia and T.J. created these beautiful bee hotels over the weekend-what a treat for the bees!
I have heard whispers that they offer lodgings on a 'room only' basis but the rates are very competitive.
Well done to Zachary, Georgia and T.J.-we are excited to see how many bees they will attract to our blossoming garden!
A big thanks to all those who bought the window boxes and plants from our Budding Gardeners last Friday. A total of €172 was raised.
This money will go towards our school garden.
A special word of thanks must go to Maryanne Costello for all the tireless work that she does, and the level of detail and care that she puts in every week to make our garden a special place for all our students.
Our 4th, 5th & 6th classes are taking part in Explorers Education Programme as part of our Action Day.
The Explorers Education Programme engages with primary school children, it delivers ocean literacy to primary schools, promoting awareness, knowledge and engagement of our ocean wealth and identity.
The programme is funded by Marine Institute, Ireland's state agency for marine research, technology development and innovation.
The Green School Committee and 5th and 6th class got their hands a little dirty this week and created their very own seed bombs for the garden!
We are so thankful to Marianne who organised this fun and educational activity.
The class were divided into groups and each had to mix their ingredients to make a seed bomb. Each group needed: soil, seeds and chalk. Clay water was used to bind the ingredients together and make the perfect consistency for rolling.
Each ball was placed in an egg tray coated with sand to prevent them from sticking. Finally, chalk was placed on top to add colour.
They are ready to sow (or throw!) and we can't wait to see a big burst of colour in our school next season!
Afterwards, students completed a mindfulness activity and painted stones for the garden beds with positive words, inspired by their time outside.
Well done to our students and thanks again to Marianne for the huge effort she makes each and every week for our students and school.
Junior members of our committee are taking part in the Incredible Edibles program which aims to teach children about food production-from farm to fork!
We have learned about processed and unprocessed food so far and have sowed seed potatoes, strawberry plants, spinach, chives, turnips, carrots and lettuce!
Our vegetables shlould be ready to harvest before we start our summer holidays!
Ms. Stafford's First and Second Class and Ms. Nolan's Second and Third Class are taking part in The SeaKeepers Project.
This is an initiative of the Green-Schools Global Citizenship Marine Environment theme and children in these classes have been very busy learning about six of our native Irish marine animal and plant species.
Ms. Stafford's class have completed animal profiles on some of the species and I think you'll agree that they have learned a great deal. We are so impressed by their knowledge, beautiful handwriting and their creative and colourful pictures.
Well done to the classes who have taken part and a big thank you to Ms. Stafford and Ms. Nolan for coordinating and teaching the lessons.
Recently, our school was lucky enough to be offered the chance to take part in a STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Maths) Climate Action Programme for senior classes.
The programme entailed five online lessons led by STEAM educator, Maria Corcoran, who expertly guided our students in exploring the science of climate change, its causes and effects, and sustainable solutions.
These workshops were a fantastic opportunity for our students to engage in understanding the part they can (and do) play in contributing their ideas towards a greener future.
Lessons were hands-on and filled with fun activities. It is clear to see, from the photos above, how creative they were and how much the children enjoyed and engaged with them.
STEAM is an educational company developed to support and enhance the STEM and Arts capacity of schools. The programme normally costs 1000 euro but was supported by DP Energy and Iberdrola-many thanks to both companies for funding this.
A big thank you also to Mr. Dunford and Ms. Donnellan for coordinating and to Maria and Aibhlin from STEAM Eduction for their support.