National Spring Clean 2019

Yesterday the pupils of 5th and 6th class, used litter pickers and gloves to do a cleanup of the field next to the school. They were shocked to collect two bags full of rubbish, including plastic bottles, plastic bags, cans and empty crisp packets. We would like to thank National Spring Clean for supplying the, high-vis jackets, litter pickers, gloves and rubbish bags.

  Written by D.R.

Pumpkin Soup and Brown Bread

Fifth and sixth class made delicious pumpkin soup and brown bread today.

Pumpkin Soup
Serves 6
Preparation Time: 15-30 minutes.

750g pumpkin, diced
250 g potatoes, diced
3 medium onions, diced
3 chicken stock cubes, crumbled
840ml water
250 ml thickened cream

1. Place all ingredients, except cream in a large saucepan.
2. Simmer until vegetables are tender.
3. Remove from the heat.
4. Blend with a stick blender until smooth.
5. Add cream and stir through (do not boil after adding cream).
6. Season to taste.

Freshwater Mini Beasts

We discovered some fascinating Freshwater Mini Beasts living in our local stream. Our finds included The Greater Water Boatman, The Lesser Water Boatman, Worms, Freshwater Snails, Shrimps, Leeches, Damselfly Larvae and a dangerous looking but harmless Water Scorpion.  Stephanie from the Heritage Council explained the life-cycles of these Freshwater Mini-Beasts and how unpolluted freshwater is vitally important as a habitat for these creatures. The children in the Junior Room were delighted to view and hear about our finds as the children from the Senior Room explained what they had discovered.

Visiting our Local Stream

Today we visited out local stream to explore the habitat. Stephanie from the Heritage Council helped us to discover the many fascinating creatures that live in our streams. The children were delighted to learn about the identification chart that allowed them to identify the creatures they found (and returned safely) their life cycles and the importance of a clean habitat for biodiversity.

Lots more photos below

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