CARNAUN NATIONAL SCHOOL
NATIONAL ENVIRONMENT AWARENESS AWARD WINNERS 1998
THE WILDLIFE POND
In September '97 we decided we would
like to build a Wildlife Pond.
We started to plan and we had to think a lot about it. We had
to get the approval of the Board of Management. We
studied a book called "Creating a School Wildlife Pond".
We had to get help and advice on different things especially the liner.
We considered a silage cover and a rubber pond liner at first, but when
we got advice from Maddens Nursery in Galway and we finally decided on
When we had chosen our site we started digging. We had a lot
of knowledge now so we knew what to do. Pat Laffey
gave us a lot of help especially doing the concrete. Here he
had help from Martin Quigley who is
on the School's FÁS team at the moment. We must thank Tommy
Qualter, Mattie Coen and J.J. Connaughton for lending us equipment
and Bridie Browne for advice. We are
now ready to sow the different types of water plants and to gather some
pond creatures and insects. We know a lot about this as we did a Bog
programme last term.
It will take a few years to finish the
pond. We will have a nice path down to it through a proposed
wildlife meadow. We hope to have a rockery near it as well and a nice seat
"for the teachers". It was worth doing the project. There was a lot
of work put into it. It has been a great success.
Patrick Gilhooley, Orla Ryan and Shane
Gilhooley at work on the Wildlife Pond.
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OUR DAY IN SLIGO
On the 8th of June we
went to Sligo to receive an Enviroment Awarness Award.
Our teachers Finbarr O'Regan and Mrs. Coffey brought us .We went in a mini
bus. Hugh Hynes drove the bus to Sligo. There were many people there.
I was very proud of my school when my teacher, Marie Browne and Patrick
Gilhooley went up to receive our award.
We won first prize in County
and we were presented with our prize by Mr. Noel
Treacy, Minister for Enterprize and Transport. I am very
glad that we won and I would love to go again. Thank
you to Mr. Finbarr O'Regan and Mrs. Anita Coffey. I had a great
September '98 in the Vegetable Garden.
Environment Awareness project
update - 16.10.'98
1 The wildlife pond.
Last term we built a
wildlife pond and put a kerb of flagstones along one side. We planted a
few different kinds of pond plants, but there was
a leak in the foundation so we were in trouble. We started again
in September - drained the pond and cleared it out and hopefully mended
the leak with clay. It is now ready for planting again. Leak or no leak
it is full of life - with water boat men,
skaters and of course a few frogs playing
about. We are promised some plants for the pond and we will put them in
next week with the help of God.
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2 Our vegetable garden
We were very happy with our first effort at a vegetable garden (we
hadn't one in school since the renovation started.) Everything grew very
well as you can see from the photos. We had problems with slugs, caterpillars
and potato blight. But we learned a lot and next year we will plant the
greens near the wild life pond as frogs like slugs. We are now preparing
for the winter.
Gardening Update 18-11-98
We divided up the garden produce out among the class yesterday.
As you can see from the photo we had a great harvest: Loads of Cabbage,
(however moth eaten) heaps of Turnips, lovely
Scallions and lots of Lettuce (slightly
over grown) and a few Potatoes. We still have
Beetroot and Parsley
to divide up and we hope to “rootball” the Parsley
so that it can be taken home and grown on someone’s windowsill. Next week
if we get fine weather (It has been very wet for the past while and impossible
to work the soil) we will prepare the garden for Winter! We will
keep you updated.
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3 The flower garden update.
We are very pleased with our flowers this year. Our newcomers, daffodils
and primroses, all flowered beautifully and we have lots of shrub cuttings
in the cold frame to plant out in the next few weeks. We will be busy as
we do most of the gardening during playtime. Our indoor plants are doing
Plant Propagation: cuttings 20.11.'98
It's a bit late for this but we were busy
transplanting from the coldframe to make room and organizing the new shrubbery.
First of all we took some cuttings of the shrubs we wanted for next year.
We filled plastic containers with a mixture of peat moss and sand and we
packed them fully. We stripped the cuttings of most of their leaves, cut
them in a slant under a node, dipped them in rooting powder and put them
into the pots. We will leave them in the cold
frame for the winter and keep them protected
from the frost. With God's help they will grow well and be ready for planting
out next year.
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