Archive: June 2017

Water Workshops – Water Explorer Kickstarters

  The Water Explorer team have been travelling around the country visiting newly registered schools to introduce the Water Explorer programme. If you haven’t already registered find out more about Water Explorer here.   Our Lady of the Wayside NS used the Water Explorer values awareness and responsibility when completing the ‘Clean that Water Up!’ […]

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The Irish Spud – Growing Potatoes

There are 1000’s of potato varieties, each with distinct colours, shapes and flavour. As Ireland’s most well known veg it is worth growing potatoes even if you only have the smallest of spaces. SEED POTATOES: Seed potatoes aren’t really seeds at all. They are full-size potatoes that are allowed to start producing shoots, which you often see […]

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Park Stewardship Programme

The Park Stewardship Programme has returned and we’ll keep you updated on all of the great work St Josephs and Virgin Mary Boys accomplish: ABOUT PARK STEWARDSHIP PROGRAMME (PSP): This 10-part workshop introduces students to the concepts of sustainability and stewardship with hands-on workshops between classroom and parks on a range environmental themes. The objective […]

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Harvest

    Virgin Mary Boys NS harvest at the VM community garden….      

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Transition Year Ireland Expo

We recently exhibited at the Transition Year Ireland (TYI) Expo in Punchestown, Co. Kildare. TYI is an information-packed event for Transition Year Students, Teachers and Parents providing access to information needed for a stimulating and challenging Transition Year. It is always fantastic to see how student-led transition year can be, and the sheer number of students […]

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2016 International Youth Day

  Friday 12th August is International Youth Day 2016. This year’s Day is about achieving the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. The theme of the 2016 International Youth Day is The Road to 2030: Eradicating Poverty and Achieving Sustainable Consumption and Production. Young people can tell the world how they are shaping a more sustainable future […]

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Environmental Education Internship

Last week we said goodbye to a fantastic member of our team, Alix.   Alix began her internship at GAP last April 2016, as part of her Analytical Science degree at DCU. The placement lasted 16 weeks. INTERNSHIP ROLE: As Assistant to the Education Officer, Alix worked alongside Padraic on the development and delivery of a variety of […]

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Biodiversity Summer Camps

Biodiversity Summer Camps kicked off this July with glorious garden tours filled with tree identifying, myth telling, polytunnel exploring and learning about how we influence biodiversity in our surrounding environments both positively and negatively. “Smelly Cocktails” soon followed where the kids got to taste the tangy, homegrown herbs and “pick ‘n’ mix” their own concoctions before finishing with some […]

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Sustainability Games at Ballymun’s 50th Birthday Party

  Establishing in 1966, Ballymun celebrated it’s 50th birthday this summer!     Sustainability Games We joined the party with our GIANT sustainability games. Like Snakes and Ladders, landing on sustainable modes of transport races ahead of other players but landing on an unsustainable mode of transport players are snaked down. With some tricky puzzles from Padraic, he had everyone […]

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