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School Garden

Student Focus

November
The green area around the staff car park is being turned into a garden area for the boys. This initiative will be an integral part of school science and environmental studies programme. It will provide the boys with an opportunity to experiment with plants and to develop husbandry skills. Each class that takes responsibility for a garden area will be working practically preparing the soil, sowing seeds and bulbs and caring for the plant life. They will gain a huge appreciation for and an understanding of natural processes and life cycles. School gardens are very popular around the country and are proving to be hugely motivational in children's learning.

The boys are responding to the plans very enthusiastically and we hope to have several beds marked out for the plants before the Christmas holidays. The first step in the process is to 'turn the sod'' and expose the soil to the elements. As this work is a bit too heavy for young children, we are looking for a few volunteers to turn up with their shovels on Saturday 5th December at 11am for a couple of hours to join the dig!

The project is being headed up by Mr. Egan who is organising the event on Saturday. Please turn up at the school if you can give an hour or two. This work will go a huge way to giving the school garden a head start and having the boys sowing their seeds and planting bulbs in the New Year.

Lastly, should you be in a position to donate a garden tool to the school garden project, we would be very grateful!

January
Towards the end of every school day, a team made up of boys from various classes gather the compostable materials from every classroom and place them in the composting bins. While the school garden has been lying fallow during the break, we have built up quite an expertise amongst the boys in composting.

We are planning another garden day shortly when we have secured tree mulch to fill in between the beds and to make a pathway around our soon-to-be wild flower garden. A special notice will go out about this arrangement and your support will be hugely appreciated. After laying out the pathways, it will be down to the boys to get planting. Provisionally, we are looking at Saturday February 13th as the next garden day. Hopefully, we can secure sufficient quantities of tree mulch. Many thanks to Mr. Egan and the boys for all the work on this project!

February
While the school garden has been lying fallow during the break, we have been working on composting techniques and we have built up quite an amount of expertise amongst the boys. Three times a week, towards the end of the school day a team, made up of boys from various classes, gather the compostable materials from every classroom and place them in our new composting bins.

Regarding the Garden, we have had the Dig In, the Fork In and the Bed In stages in the development. We are planning another garden day shortly when we have secured tree chippings to fill in between the beds and to make a pathway around our soon-to-be wild flower garden. A special notice will go out about this arrangement and your support will be hugely appreciated. After laying out the pathways, it will be down to the boys to get planting.

Hopefully, we can secure sufficient quantities of tree chippings. Many thanks to Mr. Egan and the boys for all the work on this project! There has been remarkable progress to date.


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