Saint Brigid’s National School, is a primary school situated in the centre of Greystones, Co. Wicklow. Our mission is to provide the highest quality education for all our children in a happy, safe and stimulating Christian environment, focusing on their academic, social, personal, moral and spiritual development to help them be the best they can be.

Gardening Committee

The Pollinator Garden – April, 2019 – A message from the Gardening Committee

Many thanks to the school and the PA for supporting us in creating the Pollinator Garden. Fingers crossed all plants settle and grow well. The final couple of shrubs will go in after Easter and Fiona’s Science Club will carry out more planting and create bug houses to add to it as there term returns.

Many thanks to Marie McCooey from Greystones Tidy Towns for assisting us in sourcing and choosing the plants and Louise for helping us connect. Thanks also to Arboretum Garden Centre in Kilquade who supplied the upcycled paving slabs free of charge. Gardening duties carried out by myself, Aoife Murray, Fiona Lang, Latifa Touati, Bronwen Allen, Jon Gill and Steph Flynn. Plant donations from Clare Gill, Louise Brady, Amanda Fulmer, Phil Keane and more parents still offering cuttings and plants to keep the garden in bloom.

Details and resources on the National Pollinator Plan can be found here, http://pollinators.ie/resources/ The full plant list is as follows;

Pollinator Garden Plant List

Pulmonaria, Boys & Girls

Bergenia ‘Pink Dragonfly’

Erysimum ‘Bowles Mauve’, wallflower

Ajuga reptans ‘Cocolat chip’

Tellima grandiflora

Anemone ‘Pure White’

Tellima grandiflora ‘Rubera’

Pulmonaria ‘Majeste’

Pulmonaria ‘Diana Clare’

Verbena bonariensis

Rosemary

Prostrate rosemary

English lavender

French lavender

Heather

Copper fennel

Lamium

Crocosmia montbretia

Geranium ‘Rozanne’

Hydrangea Annabelle

Dicentra Spectabilis bleeding heart

Sorbus, Rowan mountain ash

To be added…

Mahonia

Many thanks to all helpers and supporters, looking forward to seeing the Science Club exploring it soon.

Many thanks,
Rebecca and the Parents’ Association’s Gardening Committee.

National Tree Week: Planting trees to combat climate change – March 31st to 7th April, 2019
Tree Week, organised by the Tree Council of Ireland since 1985 is a week long programme of events to celebrate trees and this year the theme is planting for the planet to combat climate change. Rebecca and Aoife, from the Parents’ Association Gardening Committee helped member of the Student Council to plant trees provided by Wicklow County Council.

Forests help reduce climate change effects by reducing the amount of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere. Carbon dioxide is the main greenhouse gas responsible for climate change and emissions of it from man-made sources have been increasing year on year since the 1950s.

Trees absorb carbon dioxide from the atmosphere for growth, convert it to sugars and wood and release pure oxygen back to the atmosphere.

Wicklow County Council has provided us with five Native irish trees, the bud identifier pic below will help you find out which species we received.

The ‘Sow and Grow’ Initiative

Many thanks to the Parents’ Association’s Gardening Committee who bring such fun and excitement to the school with all their creative ideas. This week they are doing a ‘Sow and Grow’. Here is an Animoto slideshow of the boys and girls sowing and growing. Many thanks to Sharon, Susan, Thea and Emer who worked so hard to make sure everyone had a great time, and were ‘hands on’ and involved.

The school grounds received a colourful Spring ‘makeover’ on Friday 25th January, 2019. Pots and window boxes have been replanted. Many thanks to Eimear McCartan, grandmother of pupils Ruadhán, Ailbhe and Caoileann Murray, for her generous donation towards these new plants. See the photos below. Thanks too, to Rebecca Gill and Aoife Murray who did the planting. The larger pots now hold with evergreen trees should hopefully last a long time. The seasonal bedding plants below the trees add some colour and a taste of Spring. Well done to the ever faithful Parents’ Association Gardening Committee who give so generously of their time, to make the school grounds look so colourful and so welcoming all year round.

The Parents’ Association’s Gardening Committee brought Senior Infants on a gardening adventure. Earlier this year they planted radish seeds. Today they harvesting radishes. The boys and girls were fascinated when they found the round, red radishes in the soil. They enjoyed tasting what they had grown. They had a sense of pride in what they had achieved. Thank you to the Gardening Committee.

Thank you to the Gardening Committee of the Parents’ Association. They have planted up window boxes. They are looking at their best right now; very colourful.

The Gardening Committee from the Parents’ Association worked with Junior Infants on the ‘Grow It Yourself Sow & Grow’ scheme. The extra cups are used cups from the Happy Pear getting a second life as plant pots and are fully compostable once they are done. Milk cartons were upcycled as watering cans too. The children planted aubergines, radishes, courgettes, squash and carrots. Many thanks Rebecca, Aoife, Melissa, Sharon and Bronwen from the Parents’ Association who organised this interesting and exciting activity for the three Junior Infant classes.

Parents from the Gardening Committee came to show the children in infants how to plant seeds. You can see more about the gardening in St.Brigid’s if you click on this LINK

The gift that keeps on giving

A wonderful surprise
‘Buddy Bench in, awaiting its final home, but sturdy and ready for Monday morning :)’

Take a bow Colm (from Hollow Tree)
We can’t wait to try out the Buddy Bench!
Colm

Initials
‘E’ for Ella. ‘H’ for Hannah. It’s magic … just like a fairy story.

An imaginative addition to the school garden

We were surprised and delighted to see the new work by School Gardening Team in the school garden. What was once a blank wall is now covered in plants! We are looking forward to seeing them grow.

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A message from the School Gardening Team

‘The school gardening team have been busy over the last few weeks. Once everyone was settled back to school we began by clearing out the area where the vegetable planters are. (These are located to the right of the main school gate).

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We gave the place a good weeding , moved the food recycle bins and created extra space for the children to enjoy hands on experience of sowing seeds and watching fruit and vegetables grow.

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We covered the ground with wood chip and made a little sitting area out of logs so the children will be able to enjoy some outdoor planting and gardening. Has anyone spotted our beautiful wooden mushrooms Kindly donated to us by Kevin McLaughlin. 

After_mushrooms and pitchfork

To kick off the winter gardening season the Junior and Senior infants participated in a super morning of learning and excitement last Wednesday. 

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They were lucky to have the Flynn brothers of The Happy Pear come in to talk to them about the importance of fruit and vegetables and introduced them to some wonderful and unusual tastes . They had such fun seeing who knew more; the boys or the girls . This was finished up by having a smoothie competition between the Senior Infants boys and girls.

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Also that morning the two Senior infants planted broad bean seeds, garlic and onions. Junior Infants under took an experiment with Hyacinths . Growing one in water using a little hat to trick it into thinking it was planted in soil . 

Over the coming months we will be organising things for the senior classes. And come the spring time we will be once again partaking in the Innocent Smoothies Sow and Grow program. 

If anyone would like to get involved please contact the gardening committee on Melissa.mcconnell1 @gmail.com’