The Birds of Prey by Conor O’Sullivan 4th class
The whole School had a brilliant experience on April 24th 2017. The birds of prey visited the school on green day. Sam and his wife from the Birds of Prey Meath came in with nine birds and a ferret.
At the start he talked about owls and poison. He told us to use cages with nutella instead of rat or mouse poison. The poison kills the owls when they eat the mice and after a while he showed us all his birds and, of course, the ferret.
The first bird was a barn owl and we got to pet him! Petting him was lovely as he was very soft and silky. We looked at a very rare different coloured barn owl. After that he showed us the Harris Hawk from South America. There were a couple more birds too like the little owl. Finally he showed us Freddy the ferret with his two girlfriends. Freddy is not a bird of prey but he kills rabbits that dig holes in local gardens.
We had a great time overall and this was my favourite activity of green day because it was so interesting. We learned a lot of facts and it was funny too!
Beekeeping Workshop by Emma Gallagher 4th class
On the 24th of April, Slane N.S. met a beekeeper called Jim. He told us all about bees and how much he loved working with them.
Jim worked with bees since he was a little boy. He had very interesting things to tell us. I did not know most of the facts before he told us them.
Jim brought in a hive of bees and the queen bee. He also had a bee costume, a jar of honey and two wooden objects. At the end of the brilliant talk we all got to ask our questions and taste some honey.
Jim was great.
Carrot Growing, Hens and Green Schools by Braydon Colfer 4th class
On Monday the 24th of April we had a nature day in our school. There were five different subjects: birds of prey, bee keeping, green schools, hens and planting vegetables. What were they about?
Every class planted vegetables. Our class planted carrots with Davy, Mrs. Kelly and Mrs. Johnson. We each got a cup and filled it with soil after breaking up the clumps. Next we put our seeds in and covered them with a bit more soil. Finally, we got a lollypop stick and wrote our names on it and stuck it down in our cups.
We went to our school hen house and learned all about hens. First, Mr. O’Donnell picked up one of our school hens and talked about its feathers (hens have two kinds of feathers, one to keep the rain out and another to keep it warm) and then we talked about its eggs. It takes 26 hours for a hen to make an egg inside itself! Mr. O’Donnell then asked us questions about what we had learned.
Green Schools Workshop
We arrived in one of our classrooms and Ms. Collins was waiting for us. We talked about our six school flags for energy, water, global citizenship, recycling, transport and biodiversity. She told us how we had earned each flag and we talked about things we need to do to keep them flying outside the school.
We had a fun day at school. Thank you to all our teachers and staff.