With the dawn chorus starting up as we head into spring time, the senior classes have been working on projects on different birds. Here is a selection of their finished projects so far.
We will be making a bug hotel for all our creepy crawlies in the school grounds in the coming months. The Health Promoting Team are looking for people to bring in any unwanted and spare natural materials to use for the bug hotel. Examples: Pine cones bamboo canes fallen bark sticks straw moss broken terracottaContinue reading “Bug Hotel”
This year the school has been participating in the School of Excellence Awards based around the School Garden. Yesterday Ballyneale NS presented their project based on this theme in the Waterford Teachers’ Centre, afterwards the school received their School of Excellence Certificate. Thank you to all parents and pupils who attended the event.
Fr. Jimmy came to the school last week to sow onion sets, potatoes and herbs with the pupils of 3rd and 4th class. He told the pupils how to plant and sow and showed them the amazing root systems in the potted herbs. The pupils especially loved the beautiful smells of all the different herbsContinue reading “Gardening Guest”
This year the school has been participating in the School of Excellence Awards based around the School Garden. Ballyneale NS will present their project based on this theme on Thursday the 4th May at 6pm in the Waterford Teachers’ Centre on Newtown Road, Waterford City. Afterwards Ballyneale NS will receive their School of Excellence Certificate.Continue reading “School of Excellence”
Spring has definitely sprung! Mr. McHale’s class went out to look after the school garden this week before the Easter break.
Second Class pupils busy weeding and harvesting the produce pupils have grown throughout the year. A vegetable box was left at the school gate for pupils and parents to sample our onions, garlic, sage, lemon balm and rhubarb.
With the help of parent, Eugene McGuigan and secondary student, Jack Connolly, each class now has their very own bird box for the garden birds who come into the school garden. The pupils also put up bird feeders outside the classroom windows so they can now easily spot the feathered visitors to the school.
Kevin Collins from Birdwatch Ireland came in to the school on Tuesday and spoke to the students from 3rd to 6th about garden birds. First he gave a very interesting presentation about Irish garden birds and the great distances they travel. He then showed 5th and 6th how to build bird boxes. These will nowContinue reading “Birdwatch Ireland Talk”
Junior Infants helped plant some onion bulbs during the week. 4th Class also planted onion bulbs and garlic. These will grow over winter and be ready next summer. The young growth of the onions can be used for spring onions. Signs made by staff member Mary Walsh’s husband were also placed in the garden.