Gardens

St. Bernadette’s Senior School have successfully gained four Green School Flags under the following themes: Litter and Waste, Energy, Water and Travel. We are now aiming to complete our fifth Green School Flag for Biodiversity. Our newly appointed Green Schools Committee are thinking about what Biodiversity means for our school.

We are currently in the process of creating a ‘green slogan’ to promote the importance of caring for and promoting plant and animal life in our school. We are also aiming to develop our school garden during the summer months.

Our garden space is quite a large space around the school to use as a school garden There is a lot of biodiversity in it. Our school garden was set up in 2007 and there are also two smaller, enclosed gardens adjacent.

We have a variety of vegetables, herbs and fruit. Six raised beds are used for classes to grow vegetables. This is a great opportunity for pupils to maintain a garden and experience the joy in growing plants.

Our gardens have undergone somewhat of a transformation over the past few months with the arrival of our Bug Hotel and storage bunker. As every serious gardener already knows, the key to successful gardening is in the preparation. With this in mind, we are currently using our garden spaces as preparation areas for our future gardening endeavors. When the last frost has gone, we will start off our seedlings under the protection of a cold frame. We can’t wait for the warmer weather to come back around again so we can get out, get dirty and get planting. If any parents / guardians or family members have a particular interest or expertise in gardening don’t hesitate to get in touch with the school as we could always do with some volunteers giving a hand around the gardens/ school grounds. Any help is greatly appreciated.

The gardens were lit up with an abundance of colours in Springtime from our daffodils. We have some very welcome feathered friends visiting and feeding off the seeds and nuts. As you may have noticed, the front entrance at Liz’s office is in full bloom with an array of pots and our hanging baskets. This area is being kept in ship shape by the girls from Ms. Lynch’s class, Ms. Mc Ardle’s class look after the small garden behind the shop and Mr. Watson’s class look after the small garden behind Liz’s office. A big thanks to all the children who helped out.

Spring has sprung at St. Bernadette’s S.N.S. bringing an abundance of colour and life to our school. The school entrance is looking very well with our hanging baskets and flower pots.  Well done to Kyle Clare and Keith Brady who are doing a great job keeping the front entrance nice and clean every morning. Ms. Mc Ardle’s gardening crew are busy feeding our feathered friends and have seen many different species of birds in the garden. Thanks to Mr. Ryan for getting bird seed. 

Our front entrance is in full bloom for Autumn where hanging baskets and containers have been planted. Pupils continue to work on our garden boxes which contain wallflowers, bulbs, wild flowers and seeds. Well Done! We are expecting an explosion of colour in the Spring from the daffodil and tulip bulbs that have been planted all around the school! We are looking for any parents/guardians or grandparents who have a little spare time that might be interested in helping the children with gardening or to take over a raised bed to get in touch

Outdoor classroom

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Funding to purchase gardens implements. plants, climbers and creepers was applied for, and graciously received, from Department of Rural and Community Development through South Dublin County Local Community Development Committee to purchase gloves, refuse bags , garden implements, tools, seeds, plants, shrubs, bulbs, pots & creepers.

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