The beginning of May saw the Green Team hard at work transplanting our nasturtiums into the outside beds with help from Stephen. Mrs Kelly and some of her pupils had also planted some seed potatoes in this bed; with a tyre to deepen the soil.
Stephen had some strawberry plants for us to plant, they were planted inside the polytunnel next to the tomatoes and our cucumber plant. We are all excited to see some fruit soon!
Returning after Easter saw the polytunnel brimming with sprouts and shoots. Everyone was delighted to see their hard work had paid off as all the seeds were beginning to grow.
Lettuce plants were transplanted into bigger pots, to give them more room to grow and the last of the daffodils were planted in front of the school to brighten our pots.
April was busy with sowing and growing taking place in the polytunnel. The Green Team were busy planting tomato, lettuce, beetroot, peas and many flower varieties such as marigolds, cornflowers and nasturtiums. Thank you to Stephen, our caretaker who provided the seeds and is an honorary member of our Green Team!
If proof was needed for global warmimg and climate change then look no further than our school courtyard! Our daffodils were in full bloom on 31st January a day ahead of the ‘official’ start of Spring.The snowdrops are providing a wonderful display in the school woodland.
Our windows are open every day to keep our classrooms bright and breezy. This little robin decided to pop in to visit Junior Infants. Mrs McArt helped the robin back outside to safety.
As the temperatures outside begin to drop it is important to put out a supply of food for the birds in our school grounds.We use a variety of foods including suet,peanuts and seed mix.We chose locations close to sheltered areas and with good tree cover.We made a plan of our bird feeder locations and we then made a bird feeding map.
We have already observed a few blue tits and thrush feeding in the school courtyard.The crows have also been keeping their crafty eyes on the food.The bird feeding stations will have to be refilled every week and classes will be encouraged to keep a record of the birds that they see visiting the feeders in their classroom wall chart.
This term our Green Team volunteers are from 5th Class.As the Autumn leaves started to tumble to the ground, this enterprising group decided to build a hedgehog home in the school woodland.They used recycled drain pipes to create an entrance to their leafy home.Hopefully some lucky hedgehog will stumble upon this winter hibernation hideaway.
We received very special messages for parents, pupils and staff from the Green Schools office this week.
Please click on the links below to view the message:
Ballyraine NS is a co-educational primary school in the town of Letterkenny under joint Church of Ireland/Presbyterian management. While it is a school with a Protestant ethos, all pupils of whatever background or religious persuasion are equally valued and respected.
Ballyraine Rd, Ballyraine, Letterkenny,
Junior and Senior Infants
08:50 – 13:30
1st – 6th Class