Monday, 02 February 2015 16:20
Biodiversity Day At Rush School
In the North County Leader
Last Wednesday was a very special day for the pupils of St Catherine’s National School in Rush. It was the day the entire school held their Biodiversity Day, as part of their attempt to land a sixth Green Flag. The County Leader spoke to Gráinne McDermott, Green School Co-ordinator at St Catherine’s, who said, “This is our day of action for biodiversity, where there’s an information hub and some of the sixth class pupils have undertaken projects and powerpoint presentations about biodiversity. We also ran a whole school art exhibition, and we decided that we had enough stuff in the garden to do with biodiversity, so this year we decided to transform part of our forest into an enchanted forest.” “This involved the children being asked to make little things for fairies from biodegradable materials, such as wood and clay. When the weather gets a bit better, the children can use the garden for more creative things, like storytelling, drama and things like that. This is a wonderful opportunity for the children to use their imagination, as well as learning about biodiversity,” she said. Already, the school garden is a wonderland, with hens and a pond, where the children can watch tadpoles. There is also a bird box with a camera in it, where the children can watch the new chicks being hatched and fed. “We also have the local Grow it Yourself group, who plant material in the garden. Our own gardener, Mary Ryan does a great job here, and organises nature walks for the pupils,” concluded Gráinne, who is very hopeful of the school landing it’s sixth green flag.
Pictured are St Catherine's NS Rush pupils, Alan, Jakub, Sarah and Conor, with some of the items they created, all from recycled msterial for the Enchanted Forest, as part of the Biodiversity Day at the school last Wednesday