Spring Clean in St. Attracta’s

Students from 3rd to 6th took part in the National Spring Clean last week in our school grounds.The National Spring Clean is Ireland’s largest anti-litter initiative organised by An Taisce. It is an important part of our Green Schools programme.

The campaign runs throughout the month of April every year with clean-up events taking place in towns and communities all over the country. Over 500,000 volunteers participated in clean-ups throughout the country last April.
Our students investigated our school grounds. We pride ourselves on having a very tidy school environment with Paddy our caretaker being very busy ensuring this. However we were very disappointed to find various types of litter in our hedgerows which we looked at very closely. This litter was often unrelated to our school which again was a concern. Green School Committee members from the Senior Classes will discuss this with Ms.Delaney and their younger members at their next meeting after our Easter break.

To support our work outside, we discussed in class the importance of recycling and reusing products. We emphasised the personal responsibility we all have for litter and waste.

Well done 3rd to 6th. You did a great job ensuring our school grounds is litter free for the Easter break!

Maura Lyons of Leave No Trace Visits St. Attracta’s

On Monday morning Maura Lyons Programme Manager of Leave No Trace Ireland visited 5th and 6th Class.
Leave No Trace is an Outdoor Ethics Education Programme and compliments the work we are doing for the Discovery Primary Science Exhibition early in the New Year.

Maura’s workshop examined the principles of leave no trace,focusing on ensuring when we visit places of beauty that we make it hard for others to see or hear us and ensuring that we leave no trace of our visit.It concluded with a detailed discussion of places of natural beauty in Ireland that we have visited and impacted positively on us and areas that have left less of an impact on us as visitors.
We used an interesting casestudy in Croagh Patrick and examined the impact of so many climbing this mountain and the results this is having.

We really enjoyed Maura’s visit and look forward to welcoming Leave No Trace back in the New Year to work with some of our younger students in our school grounds.

Finally a special word of thanks to John Carney from our Parent Association who organised this mornings event.

The Garden School Visit St.Attracta’s

On Friday last Ciarán and Hannah Burke of the garden school (www.thegardenschool.ie) visited First and Second classes where they presented workshops on planting, seeds and germination. The classes learned how to make pots out of recycled newspapers,filling it with organic peat free compost and sowing a seed.

Ciarán introduced his friend Doo Doo the Scoodoo who told the children about how a seed grows. It really was lots of fun and helped to bring an important message to the children about caring for the planet.

We really appreciate Ciarán and Hannah taking the time to visit and we look forward to seeing more Scoodoos in our school grounds in the coming weeks!