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Biodiversity Day of Action 2020

We had planned to participate in the 2020 St. Patrick’s Day Parade in Boyle.  The children, school staff and parents were going to dress up as animals/plants. The parents were going to carry Biodiversity signs and slogans created by the children. The children were going to perform a dance to the song “I’m still standing”.  However, due to Covid 19 the Parade was cancelled and we had to arrange an alternative Day of Action.

 

On Thursday 12th March 2020, we held our Day of Action in the school. We  carried out a Spring Clean in the school grounds and on the surrounding roads. The children and staff collected rubbish while also identifying local flora and fauna.  The children also did lots of planting on the day with the help of  school staff, a parent Ruth Dowd and the caretaker Chris Harrison. They planted flowers in flower pots – some was placed at the school entrance and some were placed on the Bug Hotel to attract insects such as bees and butterflies.  The children planted native wildflowers to create a Wildflower Garden. The children also planted some vegetables and fruits such as strawberries, broad beans, sugar snap peas, carrots, lettuce and  herbs such as mint, thyme, parsley and  lemon balm in the raised beds. We also purchased a small bee hive and placed it on the Bug Hotel.

 

Day of Action from Cloonloo School on Vimeo.

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  • Low pupil-teacher ratio – 1:1 teaching
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