Category Archives: Agricultural Science

Bee keeping for Biodiversity

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.

 

Pumpkin Project

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.

Leaving Cert Agricultural Science Class “Farm Walk and Talk”

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.

Biodiversity workshop

On Friday 6th May Nicola Winters from Green Sod visited the school. Nicola gave a really interactive presentation to 1st year science and 5th year Agricultural Science classes. Students learned more about the area of biodiversity, it’s importance, how we can help with biodiversity and sustainability as consumers and how we can take a more proactive approach to nature and the world around us. This linked in with our Green Schools Biodiversity theme which we are currently focusing on and our development education module in school.

Out in our polytunnel students learned how to make their own compostable potting plants using newspaper and got to plant some lettuce and parsley in them which will be used in Home Economics cookery classes.

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Science Gallery FIELD TEST Exhibition

‘Our ability to produce food and products for growing populations on a finite amount of land with limited resources is unquestionably one of the great challenges we face globally. It may not be foremost in our minds when we do our weekly food shop but the decisions we make as consumers and digesters can be critical influencers in the way these challenges play out’ (Science Gallery)

As part of the Development Education module in school TY’s visited the Science Gallery in Trinity College to check out the exhibition that is currently running. The exhibition was very interactive and thought provoking in relation to the area of radical adventures in future farming. Sustainability, biodiversity what type of plants and animals we grow in the future, the use of mycotecture bricks in building (bricks grown from fungi like mushrooms), bee protection, home grown in vetro meat, city farms, insects as an alternative protein food source were all some of the topics discussed during our visit. Our focus this year in school was to look more at the idea of food sustainability both locally and globally and also food security through development education classes so this exhibition helped consolidate the ideas discussed in class.

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Promotional Colouring Competition

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.