Over the past 5 weeks, both 4th classes visited the Forest School in Lees Road. It was run by Veronica and Grainne. They gave us nature names such Swallow, Jackdaw, Hare, Kestrel etc. We did lots of crafts like good luck charms, and coins, which we put our nature names on and we also made clackers. We played loads of games like Hide and Seek, Capture the Flag and Tip the Tree. On the last day, we got porridge oats and spread around in three different places where we had fun thanking the animals. Every day before we went into the woods, Veronica and Grainne had to ask a beech tree if they had permission to enter the woods. Every day when we were leaving we sang a song. There was also a “Talking Stick”. Every day we’d sit in a circle and pass the talking stick around and say our name and nature name. We have all the facts about our Nature name on a laminated sheet.
On May 19th we went to Dublin Zoo with Amy and Mr Curran to collect an award we won in the Big Travel Challenge. We won the award for “Park ‘n’ Stride school of the year. When we got there we had croissants, pastries, fruit and drinks. We also received a bag each with souvenirs. At the awards ceremony each of the 8 schools present, received their award in the various different categories. After the ceremony, each school had their photo taken individually and then there was a group photo. During the ceremony, there was a sideshow of the efforts each school went to. After lunch, we were free to walk around the zoo and look at the various animals and attractions. We had an amazing day in Dublin!
On March 16th we were presented with our Green Flag for travel by Róisín Garvey. For the Green Flag we started two walking buses every Tuesday and Friday. Over a hundred people walked to school one day. When Róisín Garvey raised the Green flag the whole school came to the front and watched as she raised it.
Róisín Garvey took a few pictures with the green school’s committee and we had a good time with the other classes. The whole school and parents were praised for their efforts. All classes made a huge improvement with keeping the yard litter free and by picking up the rubbish several times a week.