History was made in Scoil Na Mainistreach today! Our outdoor classroom was used by a class for the first time. Ms Manns 4th class were the first to use it. They made their own biodegradable pots and planted seeds in them! Well done boys and congrats on being the first class to use the outdoor classroom!
4th class boys have been busy recently composing songs about biodiversity! Inspired by the desire to win a 5th Green Schools Flag bands are forming and songwriters are puttting pen to paper to welcome Benny the Bug in song. The first entry was received today 25th February and the song can be heard HERE
Tomorrow is the closing date for entries for the story writing competition. We are delighted for this many competition entries. We would like to thank all the boys and teachers as well as their Mums and Dads for allowing the boys to type or write their stories.
As promised the outdoor classroom was built on Friday. It contains one large desk, benches for pupils to sit on, a black board for the teacher to write on and a Bug B&B.
One thing we didn't expect to be included was a Bird House. It has been put on the window above Ms Holmes's classroom window. Inside in the bird house is a camera that will record footage of the birds inside. Once again we are very thankful to Kildare County Council for giving us the Outdoor Classroom and we look forward to using it in the future.
On Friday during our Midterm break, work will begin on the schools new Outdoor Classroom. Everyone in Scoil Na Mainistreach is very excited about having an outdoor classroom. Kildare County Council are presenting us with the outdoor classroom in recognition of the wonderful work we are doing in school on Biodiversity including the Bug Hotel!!
If you are a teacher or pupil and you are looking for ideas, then this is the website for you! Today we have added a new activities page that lets people play top trumps, identify bugs and colour butterfly's and other insects that may be visiting the Bug Hotel! Have a look!
On Monday the 10th of February we went to inspect the Bug hotel and saw worms, other than Wendy of course, and found an intriguing visitor that looked a bit orange and a bit brown and looked like a worm but it had legs. We went to Mr.Mescal who knows many things about wildlife and showed him the bugs images(which can be found in the Gallery) and he said it was a larvae. We went to just double check with an expert on wildlife who was visiting the school that day. His Name is Paddy Madden and he told us that it was a type of larvae called a wire-worm. Paddy's website can be seen here. We looked up Wire-worms and found more information on Wire-worms which can be seen in the Bug Hotel Visitors section of this website.
Below is a better picture of a Wire-worm not the visitor to our Hotel.
The Bug Hotel received some welcome news recently when An Taisce the organisers of Green Schools published a report on the School Bug Hotel on its website. They included a link to our website which has resulted in an increase in visitors to our site. The report also highlights the tree planting which took place in the school before Christmas. The report from the An Taisce website can be seen HERE