We were delighted to welcome local bee kepper PJ McLoughlin along with Kay Maguire to our school on 17th May. PJ visited Ms. Colums Agricultural Science class as part of Biodiversity week. PJ explained to students the process of what a bee keeper does and how the honey is produced. Some of the home ec students dropped in for a look at the hives also. He spoke to students about the importance of bees and our local biodiversity.
Ms Colum’s science classes began by examining the pumpkin (from investigating measurement, weight & circumference, counting number of seeds, looking at plant cells, genetics through variation of pumpkins) and then developing their artistic/craft skills they designed and carved out their pumpkin creations. The pumpkin flesh was then used in Home Economics cookery class to make delicious pumpkin soup which students and staff all got to sample. The seeds were also used up by roasting them in the oven and made a lovely high fibre snack. This cross curricular project linked in with aspects of wellbeing and our current green schools project.
On Thursday 8th March 2018 Ms. Colum and the Leaving Cert Agricultural science class attended the “Farm Walk and Talk” in Mountbellew in Galway.
Students got the opportunity to gain practical experience in Dairying, Grassland management, Beef rearing and Calf Rearing. Students also got to learn about soil science, silage, farm safety, fertilizers, housing and farmer Cooperatives. Any student interested in applying for agricultural science courses had a chance to get information from the careers stand and speak to current agricultural science students at the college.
Transition Years enjoyed a day at the Ploughing in Tullamore on Thursday 21st September. They completed a series of fun challenges throughout the day and met a few celebs along the way…..
Our student Council are busy helping us promote Certified Irish Angus Beef
Congrats to the two first year students who won the Certified Irish Angus Colouring Competition. They were presented their prizes by Principal Mr. Leyden
On Thursday March 10th, we were delighted to be given the opportunity to be interviewed on Shannonside FM Agriview Programme.
Thid interview gave us the chance to discuss our involvement in the Certified Irish Angus Schools Competition, what we have done to date and our plans and promotions for the future.
You can listen back to the full podcast by click on the following link: Shannonside Podcast
Today we gave out the outlining of the Certified Irish Angus Beef logo to our first years, student council and the learning support department in our school.
The aim of this is to promote this logo more. We have told them to show it to their parents and tell them to look out for this logo when they are purchasing their beef.
When we get them back we will judge them from each class and pick the best ones. There will be a prize for the best colouring of the logo.