What an amazing day P7A had at Templetown beach, learning all about the different tide zones and exploring the rock pools. A huge thanks to Brian, from Mountain Ways Ireland for showing us the wildlife that we rarely notice… but… is all around us each time we visit the beach. We may have a few marine biologists in the making after today!
P.S. Reluctantly all crabs, shrimps and fish were returned to the sea before we came home. 😀
Miss McDonnell & I have just returned from an Erasmus training course entitled ‘Social Media in the Classroom’. We spent the week in Barcelona at the Europass Academy of Creativity with teacher trainer Matt Johnston. This course focused on the use of social media as an educational tool to improve students’ motivation and engagement in lessons. We were joined by teachers from Germany, Bulgaria, Croatia and Hungary. We are both looking forward to returning in the new school year and putting our new found skills into practise back in the classroom.
P6/7 were delighted to spend the day with artist Conor Mc Ginley, working on the UN Sustainable Development Goal (SDG), 15- Life on Land. They focused their work on our pollinator friends, the bees. 🐝 They sketched, printed, painted working both individually and as a group to create the fantastic display pictured above. P6/7 really enjoyed their day and appreciated the chance to work with an “real life artist”.👨🎨
Conor will be back with us on Wednesday to work with Miss Crawley’s P6 group and next week for a day with Mr Mc Coy’s, P7 group. Each group will focus on a different SDG as part of our Erasmus Project.
A big thank you to the Play Resource Centre, Belfast, for the opportunity to work with Conor, made possible through funding, “The Connecting Through Art Project”.
Our P6 and P6/7 classes were held spellbound by the traditional story teller Niall De Burca today on their visit to the Newry Museum at Bagnell’s Castle.
Niall from Galway, began by welcoming the children from Mullaghbawn, saying how delighted he was to hear that the first group of children he would perform for, were the children from Mullghbawn. He spoke about our village having an abundance of folklore and stories and added that the best storyteller of all time was from Mullaghbawn. He told the children of his great honour in having met the late John Campbell and that John had shared one of his stories with him, this he then retold to the children. He also told a Slovenian story for Maruska our Slovenian assistant and finished with the story of Finn Mc Cool and the Ceallach Bheara.
A huge thank you to Newry and Mourne Council for bringing Niall to Newry and allowing us to attend.
The great outdoors was P6’s classroom today!
It was a short journey to An Tobar Wellness and Social Farm, Silverbridge where pupils were met by Una Walsh and Margaret Finnegan who led an excellent interactive tour of Brian’s Wood. Pupils located their townland name on the Ring of Gullion Townland map, identified native trees and learned about the eco system.
We would like to thank Una and Margaret for inviting us to An Tobar and for giving us the opportunity to learn about our local environment in a very relaxed and enjoyable workshop.
We were delighted to finally meet our Erasmus+ partners from Mayo, Donegal and the Basque Country, face to face in Bilbao last week. (Unfortunately this time our Greek partners were unable to travel.) It has been a difficult 2 years trying to keep our partnership alive with on line meetings. Truely nothing beats sharing ideas, practices and training face to face. A huge thank you to Begonazpi Ikastola, Bilbao for hosting our meeting and making us feel so welcome.
Our project focuses on the 17 UN Sustainable Goals. Each school within the partnership choose one of the 17 goals and shared their ideas for raising awareness of that Goal with pupils. A brief outline is given below:
Mulranny (Mayo), shared their ideas for classwork based around Goal 15: Life on Land and specifically their community’s work around preserving the ancient Irish goat.
Loch an Iuir, Donegal told us about their work on Goal 14: Life below the Sea and “The Great Global Nurdle Hunt”.
St Mary’s shared ideas on Goal 3: Health and Well Being, specifically their experience of using art/crafts for their calming benefits and relaxation.
BasqueCountry focused on Goal 4: Quality Education and as they showed us around their school they explained the new initiatives they are currently undertaking.
We look forward to sharing all the ideas with pupils, staff and the wider school community over the coming weeks. We hope the pictures give a snapshot of what we were up to!
P6/7 got a glorious morning for their walking tour of Bessbrook Village with Una today. They have been learning about flax and the linen industry in the area and a visit to the village of Bessbrook gave the ideal opportunity to bring history to life. They learned about the Richardson family responsible for the setting up of the village and were able to see a wide range of buildings and learn about their use in Bessbrook’s Linen, industrial past.
Our study forms part of our wider Erasmus Project, with our partner schools, in Donegal, Mayo, Greece and the Basque Country. It is based around the UN’s Sustainable Goals, in particular we will be focusing on Goals 3, 4, 14 and 17. Follow the link below if you would like to learn more about the Goals.
Our last stop of the morning was the Mill Pond where we got close to the local wildlife and had the opportunity to try out the play ground. We heard that the playground is newly upgraded, only opening at the weekend so we were among the first to try out the equipment!
Thanks once again to Una for her enthusiasm and for sharing the stories of South Armagh’s past with our pupils.
Thank you to the boys and girls from P6 and P7 who completed an online evaluation for our Connecting Classrooms project which came to an end last term. Over 2 years we have been sharing lessons with our partner school in Nepal, learning about our partner school’s culture and country. Miss Crawley and Miss Mulkerns joined from Bilbao, Mr Mc Coy and pupils joined from Mullaghbawn and the researcher from Belfast! The children all received a small token from Bilabo in thank-you for their participation, a keyring of the famous flower dog outside the Gugghenheim Museum or a football keyring inscribed with Basque symbols and language.