Eco Schools

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Garden Show

Eco EventsPosted by Mrs Allen Wed, May 02, 2018 02:41PM

Every year there is a Garden Show in Antrim Castle Gardens. This year it is on from 4th - 6th May. Every year we make a scarecrow for Scarecrowland. This is usually at the main entrance and the scarecrows which come from many integrated schools form a line along the paths. In 2012 Rosie was the best in the show. In 2011 Marigold won first prize as well as Bottle Betty. Wendy and Fleur were both Highly commended.

This year the children made Bird Man. Thanks to all who contributed something for the scarecrow. Lets hope he wins a prize!



Planting seeds in the tunnel

Eco ActivitiesPosted by Mrs Allen Mon, March 26, 2018 04:43PM

The Eco committee members came out to the tunnel today at 11am to get the seeds planted before we went off on Easter holidays.

A special word of thanks to Sammy our caretaker for preparing the raised beds. They all needed to be cleared of weeds and covered in black polythene to warm up the soil.

Each class is allocated a raised bed and the children planted either peas, mange tout, beetroot, rocket or strawberries.

Sammy has a new watering system rigged up. Hopefully that will provide a more consistent flow of water than we had last year. It is a short window to produce fruit and vegetables before the end of June. Hopefully through "trial and error" we will have something for the children to sample before they go off on summer holidays.




Planting our tubs for the winter

Eco ActivitiesPosted by Mrs Allen Wed, October 18, 2017 02:58PM

Joe and Maxine helped to take out the summer bedding plants and put in the little violas for the winter. Last year we put in daffodil bulbs underneath the polyanthus and the bulbs pushed the plants out. Hopefully these plants will last until the springtime.




Planting our dahlias

Eco ActivitiesPosted by Mrs Allen Thu, April 27, 2017 03:56PM

Oh my goodness - the children were so excited to get into the polytunnel - then, they couldn't wait to get out!! It was so warm. The next time we go, we will not be bringing our coats. We had a tray of Dahlias that had been grown for us until they were about 4 centimetres. The children had to divide them out, taking care not to damage the roots. I actually put them into the soil as we just hadn't enough time. We will be watching them grow and watering them regularly.



The polytunnel

Eco AnnouncementsPosted by Mrs Allen Wed, April 05, 2017 04:26PM

Thank you very much to Sammy and Paul Kirkpatrick (Charlie and Jack's dad) who have been working at the floor of the polytunnel all day. It was a big job and Sammy needed some help. Paul was able to go and collect ready mixed concrete with his van and trailer.

Soon we will be able to start planting our flowers, fruit and vegetables. We are all looking forward to taking turns to work in the polytunnel.



The Polytunnel

Eco EventsPosted by Mrs Allen Thu, February 09, 2017 04:02PM

Primary One had a great time yesterday popping in and out to see what stage the polytunnel was at. We watched the men at different times of the day to see what stage they were at. Dean was the boss and he told us all sorts of useful information about how the tunnel was made and what we could plant in the Planters. He told us to remember to soak the peas overnight so they grow more quickly and to keep the lettuce seeds in the fridge before planting!!

He explained how the galvanized steel hoops were made in his engineering firm and told Sammy that he would need to cover the base in concrete and make a path to the tunnel.

We are looking forward to taking our turn in the tunnel to plant some vegetables or fruit.

Thanks again to Dean and his team.



Planting our Prizes

Eco ActivitiesPosted by Mrs Allen Wed, January 18, 2017 09:33AM

We received some lovely plants from Greenmount that needed to be planted fairly soon. Yesterday Sammy helped the boys and girls in P1 to get them into the ground.

Lauren is our class Eco Representative so she got the Clematis out of the pot and positioned it against the fence beside the bus stop.

Charlie our other Eco Rep. planted the Dogwood on the left side of the small gate where the children come in to school.

Angelica and Sebastian are this week's leaders so they planted the Horse Chestnut tree in between the old Willow Dens. Hopefully in time we will have a tree to give us lots of conkers!!


I hope that the children will remember that they planted these when they are much older!!


Best in class

Eco NewsPosted by Mrs Allen Fri, December 02, 2016 03:45PM

Findley, Abbie, James and Erin came with me today to Greenmount to collect our prize for the scarecrow we entered into the Garden Show last June.

We had made a scarecrow using only plastic bottles. It is now in our Outdoor classroom. It won the best scarecrow in the Eco section.

So we need to start thinking about what we can make for the competition next year.

We had a great time at CAFRE. We all received a very informative book about planting and growing our own food by Jilly Dougan.

The children had to create a Planter with Ivy and Cyclamen. We will need to remember to water it!

The school also received a Horse Chestnut Tree, a Clematis and a Cornus or Dogwood, which we will need to get planted out fairly soon.

Thanks again to all the people at Greenmount College who looked after us so well this year.

F.Allen





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