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About merrybeau

The blog title comes from the longer quotation, 'If only the best birds sang, how silent the woods would be.' This reflects my personal philosophy.

The Pip Project

3rd Class Room 14 are doing a ‘Pip Project’.

The children are really enthusiastic and it has really taken off.

First the children were invited to plant any pips from the fruit they had for their lunches.

Saorla found some mystery seeds in the yard and we have planted them.

Perhaps we will end up with a bean stalk 😉

Sam brought in an avocado seed. They need to be suspended in water.

Sam also brought in chive seeds.

We are also growing peas.

Teacher brought in nasturtium seeds. They are growing well.

We are interested to see how they follow the sun

and lean towards the light.

Teacher brought in chestnuts.

We discovered in order for chestnuts to germinate

they need to be kept in soil, in a bag in the fridge.

We have had some successes.

The apple seedlings are growing well.

However in the pot were the mandarin seeds were planted,

grass grew. We are a bit mystified by this.

Global Citizenship – 17 Global Goals – The World’s Largest Lesson

On September 25, 2015

193 world leaders committed to

17 Global Goals to achieve

3 extraordinary things by 2030.

These goals aim to

end extreme poverty,

fight inequality and injustice

and fix climate change.

Here are the 17 goals:

On this video you can learn more about the 17 global goals

#GLOBALGOALS from United Nations on Vimeo.

Malala introducing the The Worlds Largest Lesson from World's Largest Lesson on Vimeo.

For younger students (2nd class up approximately) here is a slightly shorter video:

3 Minute Shorter Version of the World's Largest Lesson Film from World's Largest Lesson on Vimeo.

How can you help achieve these goals?

What happened when wolves were reintroduced to a habitat – from ‘Sustainable Human’

When we were working towards the Green Flag for Biodiversity we learned what would happen if snow leopards became extinct. What would happen if the snow leopard was removed from a food chain. The results would be devastating for an ecosystem. You can read about that HERE

Happily this next video (from Sustainable Human) is a good news story. In 1995, fourteen wolves were reintroduced to Yellowstone National Park in the USA. The wolves had been extinct there since 1926. Watch what happened next. We think it’s amazing!

How Wolves Change Rivers from Sustainable Human on Vimeo.

The Gardening Committee have done it AGAIN

MANY, MANY THANKS to the Parents’ Association’s Gardening Committee. They make the school year so interesting for us and great fun. Today they organised us planting vegetables in the school garden. Take a look at the slide show below to see more. Thanks to Ms. Murray for taking the photographs. Click on THIS LINK to see other posts about gardening in the school.

INCREDIBLE SHRINKING CUPS – Green School Activities – 5th Class, Room 12 – Ms. Ní Chárthaigh’s Class

5th Class, Room 12 were given a GREAT opportunity. The class teamed up with the Oceanography Centre in the University of Southampton before they went on a research trip from Southampton to the Canaries, along Mid Atlantic Ridge and onto the Bahamas.

The oceanographers were putting data instruments (as above) 5000m below sea level to see if they could find any information about climate change affecting water levels.

They also put down polystyrene cups that the students from 5th Class had decorated.

The results were amazing. The cups crushed and shrank under the pressure of the water.

Ms. Ní Chárthaigh gave these back to the children today and there are some on display on the stairway on the top lobby.

Watch this space for more news on this fascinating experiment.


Green School Notice – Repak Programme – Lesson Plans and Activities

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Green School Notice

  • Repak have sent us a new programme which includes lesson plans and activities related to recycling.
  • The programme is divided into class groupings i.e. 1st and 2nd, 3rd and 4th.
  • Resources including short videos for the programme can be found at
  • Ms.Ryan will send around the pack next week to appropriate class groups.
  • The programme can be easily integrated with the curriculum and would make a nice 20/30 minute lesson.

Have a great weekend everyone!

#GlobalCitizenship – Did you know electronic waste is exported from 1st world to 3rd world countries?

Millions of electronic goods:

mobile phones,

laptops, tablets,


digital cameras

and other electronic devices

from old fridges to electric toothbrushes

are being dumped illegally in developing countries.

Why does this happen?

In the 1990s, governments in the 1st world set up ways of ‘recycling electronic waste ‘ Many countries did not cope well with the large amount of e-waste they generated or with the hazards that were caused.

1st world countries began exporting the problem to developing countries where laws to protect workers and the environment are not as strong as in the 1st world.

These electronic goods made up of hundreds of different materials and containing toxic or poisonous substances such as lead, mercury, cadmium, arsenic and flame retardants.

Once in landfill, these toxic materials seep out into the environment, contaminating land, water and the air.

Devices are often dismantled and taken apart in primitive conditions. Those who work at these sites suffer frequent ill health.

Although it is legal to export discarded goods to poor countries if they can be reused or recycled, much is being sent to Africa or Asia under false pretences. Much is falsely classified as ‘second hand’ or ‘used’ good but really these are broken and beyond repair.

What do you think about this?

How can this be improved?

How can YOU help?


#GlobalCitizenship – Similarities and Differences – Children’s Lives in Different Parts of the World

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Please note: Teachers please check out these photos before you show them to your class,

to  check out whether they are suitable for the age group you are working with.

Click HERE to see dangerous and unusual ways to come to school.

These pictures showed how different

many children’s lives are to ours here in Greystones.

Click HERE to see classrooms all over the world

and if you Click HERE you can see school lunches from all over the world.


HERE is a link to photos of where children sleep

in different parts of the world.


It is good to look at the differences

but it also good to look at the similarities

between children also.


Click on this LINK to see photos of children playing

from faraway and interesting places.

This pictures are from @Fascinatingpics.

Play is certainly something that children

have in common wherever they live.


Do you have a favourite photo?

Why not write about it!

Do you have a favourite game when you are playing.

Why not write about it or draw it.


What is Global Citizenship? – A Definiton

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What is Global Citizenship?

Global Citizenship is a way of living

that understands and respects that our world

is a web of connections among people;

that we depend on one another

and that our world is one in which the choices we make

and the actions we take may affect people

in our neighbourhood

but also all over the world.

Poem from ‘We ask why they are hungry’ from Christian Aid and CAFOD



And you fed your animals with my food

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And your multinationals planted your winter tomatoes on our best land

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And you wouldn’t give up your steak from South America

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But they grew coffee for you where corn might grow for my daily meal

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But you turned our sugar cane and manioc* into fuel for your cars

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But the waste from your factories is poisoning the fishing grounds of the earth

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But with your money you bought up my food

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While my land grows exotic fruit for your table

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*Another name for manioc is cassava. This a root vegetable which can be used to make flour

Poem from ‘We ask why they are hungry’ from Christian Aid and CAFOD

Lesson plan for Senior Classes here.

I am a citizen of the world – a poem by Gil Gregorio

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I am a citizen of the world
and my home is my abode:
Rivers, lakes and valleys
are my sources of life;
Trees, birds and mountains
are my pride!
I am a citizen of the world
and my home is my abode:
Seas, fishes and oceans
are my sources of hope;
Shorelines, rocks and beaches
are my cliches!
I am a citizen of the world
and my peace is your company:
My children, relatives and friends
are my sources of strength;
Their love, care and tender touch
are my tabernacles.
I am a citizen of mankind
and the whole world is my abode.

Gil Gregorio

‘Excerpts from Decide to be a Global Citizen’ A Poem by Robert Muller

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Decide to be a Global Citizen
A good inhabitant of planet Earth
A member of the great human family
Pray, think, act, feel and love globally…

Know this planet
Love this planet
Care for this planet…

You are the Earth… You are her eyes, her ears, her voice, her mind and her heart

Unite, global citizens, to save and heal planet Earth
And to make our Mother bloom again
As the most beautiful planet
in the universe.

The poet Robert Muller wrote this poem. Could YOU write a poem called ‘Decide to be a Global Citizen’?