Eco ActivitiesPosted by Mrs Allen Wed, October 17, 2018 10:11PM
Today was our last session until next year! Thanks to all the children who worked so hard to clear the litter from the school grounds. A lot of branches had come down in the last storm and all we could do was to drag them closer to the fence to break down and decay. We bagged up some more leaves from the Playgroup garden and planted a few violas. We had a walk right round the perimeter fence and took stock of all the trees and we're delighted to see that a lot of the saplings we planted a few years ago have established.
Sadly this was one of our few oak trees that was brought down in the recent storm.
Great chat and fun with these children.
Eco ActivitiesPosted by Mrs Allen Wed, October 10, 2018 06:33PM
Last Wednesday the children all helped to tidy up litter around the school grounds. Some children helped Mrs Duggan to clear up loads of leaves in the playgroup garden. Mrs Clifford gave the children a box of lovely biscuits so they had one layer after their work today.
Some of the children helped me to clear out the planters at the front of school and refill them with violas. These will last right though the winter into the spring. They are much hardier than pansies.
Please feel free to help yourself to Bramley cooking apples, eating apples, pears and Victoria plums from our orchard. I know that's a bit late for this year, but plenty of time for next year!
Well done to all the children today for tidying up the poly tunnel. It's a very warm job!
The children really impressed me with tales about what their Mummies made with the beetroot and green tomatoes! Chutney and Polish (beetroot) soup.
If if you know of anyone who has any expertise or willingness to help me prune the trees in the orchard please see me. It's really important to keep these under control.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.