We had a very @ActiveFlag day for our Halloween holidays. The Halloween circuits were great fun and followed by a disco in our costumes. Happy Halloween!
We went on our school tour last week. We went to Horizon in Westport. It was a very active school tour. We took part in lots of activities including archery, laser world, a blindfold walk, trampolining, aeroball, and we even had a go on the bouncing castle! It was lots of fun and we had a great day together!
Today we celebrate World Bee Day – 20th May 2019
Did You Know?
- Irish Bumblebee populations are in decline.
- One third of our 99 bee species are threatened with extinction from Ireland. This is because we have drastically reduced the amount of food (flowers) and safe nesting sites in our landscapes.
- In response this decline and threat of extinction, the National Biodiversity Data Centre coordinated the implementation of the an All Ireland Pollinator Plan( 2015-2020) along with 68 other government and non-government organisations as partners to support the plan.
The All-Ireland Pollinator Plan is about all of us, from farmers to local authorities, to schools, gardeners and businesses, coming together to try to create an Ireland where pollinators can survive and thrive. Here at Gortskehy, we are committed to playing our part and making our school bee-friendly.
The middle room studied the Junior Pollinator Plan with their teacher, Ms. Thomas. They learnt all about bees and their important role as pollinators. They also learnt about the life cycle of the bumble bee & what we can do to help our bees survive and thrive.
Our school Pollinator & Green School Teams drew maps of the current school grounds. This was done to identify areas where we can take action to help pollinators. Lots of good ideas that we hope to put into action were noted by our pupils on the walkabout:
- Plant bee-friendly plants in our garden beds.
- Leave narrow strips around our pitch for wildflowers
- Mow our lawn/pitch less frequently – to allow dandelions and clover to grow – food sources for our bees.
- Reduce pesticides – only use it for clearing slippery areas/paths. Only weed by hand.
- Plant a herb bed – they are an excellent source of food for pollinators.
These maps will be updated to include all the pollinator areas we will develop around our school. We will monitor and report on bee activity and update our plans annually.
Here are some photos of our pupils planting bee-friendly plants, flowers and herbs in our new Sensory & Biodiversity garden.
For more information on what you can do to help the bees – please visit http://pollinators.ie/
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We were delighted to welcome Zane Kazotniece-Joyce, a tutor/facilitator working with Music Generation, to our school. Zane provided a number of workshops on Recycled Music/Wild About Music to pupils in the Junior and Middle rooms.
Within these workshops, the pupils were actively involved in making musical instruments from recycled materials. They explored sound and rhythms with different musical instruments and natural materials.
As you will see from the photos below, the pupils thoroughly enjoyed these workshops. Thank you Zane!
We have been very busy here in first, second and third class in Gortskehy with Science and Engineering lately.
We sowed seeds in the classroom. First class sowed cress, second class sowed runner beans and third class sowed baby carrots. We are having great fun watching these grow.
We completed a project on The Leaning Tower of Pisa and we learned lots of interesting facts. We learned that it is a Romanesque building, and that poor foundations caused it to lean. It was designed by engineers. It is a huge tourist attraction and over 1 million people visit it every year. We used our Chromebooks to create a slide show in pairs. We cast our projects to the board and we enjoyed looking at each others work. We created our own version of the Leaning Tower of Pisa in art class using match sticks and cotton buds.
We have some big Manchester United supporters here in Gortskehy! We recently looked into the Munich Air Crash for history. It was a terrible event for Man United. We worked as journalists and wrote newspaper articles about the tragedy. We wrote about the slippery runway and how the aircraft had difficulty taking off, resulting in the accident. We learned that Sir Bobby Charlton survived the accident and played many more matches for Man United. We worked in groups and created a presentation on our Chromebooks and we shared it on the board. Finally, we put our engineering hats on and created models of the aircraft using recycled materials and our imaginations!
During Engineers Week (March 2nd-8th 2019), we put our engineering hats on again! We used our imagination and our knowledge of the world and how things are made to create 3-D drawings. We had to think practically and use our problem solving skills to create these structures. We made everything from baby play gyms, to playgrounds, to underground drills, to water-parks, and lots more wonderful things.
We really enjoyed our recent work as engineers in the middle room. It allowed us to develop our creativity and problem solving skills. We had to share our ideas and work together as a team to come up with our amazing creations. We really enjoyed using the Chromebooks to create our projects and loved incorporating technology into our learning.
Who knows, we may have the next budding engineer in our midst here in Gortskehy – Watch this space!