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Biodiversity Workshop

We had a Biodiversity Workshop in our school in May 2017. It was a very interesting day. Senior Infants and 1st Class went to the first workshop and 3rd and 5th Class took part in the second workshop.

We started out with a biodiversity game in the classroom. We had to think of an animal, bird, fish, insect or plant for every letter of the alphabet. This led to some interesting discussions and group work.

Next we went out to the school garden area of the grounds. The children used a key to identify the trees in the garden and they played a game to guess the native animal. This was very beneficial because the children were able to discuss the similarities and differences of various Irish native animals.

For the next part of our biodiversity workshop we went across the road from the school to visit the village orchard. This was a great way to discover the wildlife of the area. We used pooters and jars to gather insects, worms and other bugs. It was wonderful to see the natural world up close. We had a great day at the biodiversity workshop and we learned so much about nature and the world around us.

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Pine Martens in Birdhill National School

We had work carried out on the roof of our school last summer. The builder had a very interesting find in the attic! There was a family of pine martens nesting in the attic.

In order to correctly deal with the pine martens we contacted the National Parks and Wildlife Service. They sent someone out to advise us on the issue. His advice was to let the pine martens nest and rear their young until they were ready to go outside. When they did go outside we closed up the area of the attic through which they had entered the school.
Their nest was very interesting because they had gathered up toys to play with in the attic. Apparently pine martens like the same toys as children and they had a doll and some other toys to play with. It is very exciting to think that we had such unusual nocturnal animals in our attic. We also had bats in another attic over the hall some years ago.

Birdhill N.S. Tidy Schools/ Green Schools

Clean - up Day 2017

Clean Up
We held our Clean Up Day in the third term. We broke the day up into three areas; litter picking, tidying up the school and planting and labelling.

Some of the children used litter pickers and gloves. They went in groups to different areas of the school. They used the litter pickers to pick up any litter and tidy up the school. They did a great job and put the litter in the bags that we got from Tipperary County Council.

We try to keep the school clean and tidy all the time so that we can concentrate on improving the grounds on clean-up days. All of the children are encouraged to put their litter in the bin at break and lunch time. We have a new penguin rubbish bin and this is a great incentive for the children. We find that we really don't have much day to day litter as a result. The Green School and Tidy School message is very strong in the school and it starts from Junior Infants and goes right up to 6th Class.

Another group of children tidied up the school and tidied up the woodland area and garden areas of the school. These areas are important for the biodiversity in the school and they enhance the natural areas of the school. Some of the children planted herbs and seeds in the school garden areas. They also planted in planters and pots all around the school. These planters are traditional flower pots and we also use child - related items, such as wellies and fireman helmets.

The Junior and Senior Infants planted sunflower seeds. They were very excited to use our outside classroom. We all gathered in the courtyard and learned how to plant seeds. Then they planted their seeds in their pots and put their names into their pots.

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Creative Bird House Trail

The students of Birdhill National School have been very busy creating a "Creative Bird House Trail" for the local community park. The design concept was created by up-cycling old wooden pallets and making them into Birdhouses.

Each Bird House was given a theme using the colours of local teams, clubs and community groups. The students worked in small groups to create the finished Bird Houses. They then added embellishments to give each Bird House a unique appearance.
The children were inspired by Aboriginal artists from Australia, whose painting methods they adapted by creating dots and scratch-markings on the wet paint on the Bird Houses. Each Bird House was then allocated a number and varnished to protect them against all weather conditions, taking care not to use any chemicals which might be harmful to birds.
The Bird Houses now hang in the woodland in Birdhill Community Park. A trail map has been created and children visiting the Park are invited to fill in the numbers, using the themes and colour clues supplied.
We will have regular competitions, with prizes available, for all online replies received through Birdhill Tidy Towns website or Facebook messaging.
First Question: What is the number on the Bird House which represents Birdhill National School?

3rd April

Continuing their work on their 'Bee Aware' initiative, pupils of the local school have been busy on a number of projects:

  • A sculpture of a bee has been created from waste material. Designed and painted by the pupils and welded together by one of the parents, the sculpture is now in position in the Community Park as a reminder to all of us of the importance of bees as pollinators in our environment. Picture shows the pupils after installing the sculpture in the Park.
  • One of the parents also made a cake in the shape of a bee to mark the occasion. Unfortunately, the 'bee' didn't last long once the first cut was made.

  • The children painted and decorated Nest Boxes which are now in place in the Park and form a Creative Bird House Trail. The nest boxes were made by a local Men's Shed group. Thanks to Melissa for facilitating this project.

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Pupils of Birdhill National School presented their Pollinator Plan to our committee on 30th January. Well done to the Junior Tidy Towns group on their great work and thanks to Marie and staff for their guidance.
(See attached leaflet)

Science Week at Birdhill N.S.

Time Capsule
2016 - 2066

A time capsule was recently buried in Birdhill Community Park. The capsule has been filled, by pupils of the local school, with items which are commonplace to life in our community today.

We wonder what will the children of 2066 make of these items?

Our thanks to Sean O'Brien for providing a dry and secure 'home' for the capsule and its contents.

Picture shows Adam and pupils from Birdhill N.S., watched by Denis Floyd of Birdhill Tidy Towns, about to place the capsule in the ground.

School Activities

A Junior Tidy Towns committee has been set up in the local school. Members of the committee are pictured to the left.
Apart from activities in the school, two areas that they will be focusing on early in the New Year are the creation of an Art & Architecture Trail and the compiling of a Pollinator Plan for the area.
We look forward to working with this young enthusiastic group.

Congratulations to the following pupils who won prizes in our recent Essay Competition entitled "My Vision for Birdhill in 20 Years time": Leah Duffy, Alana Murphy, Dylan Ryan and Paul Moloney.

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