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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.

#GreenSchools at Christmas

The Radish Harvest

The Parents’ Association’s Gardening Committee brought Senior Infants on a gardening adventure. Earlier this year they planted radish seeds. Today they harvesting radishes. The boys and girls were fascinated when they found the round, red radishes in the soil. They enjoyed tasting what they had grown. They had a sense of pride in what they had achieved. Thank you to the Gardening Committee.

Growing and Sowing with the Parents’ Association.

Today the Gardening Committee from the Parents’ Association worked

with Junior Infants on the ‘Grow It Yourself Sow & Grow’ scheme.

The children planted aubergines, radishes, courgettes,

squash and carrots.


The extra cups that were used

are ‘used cups’ from the Happy Pear

getting a second life as plant pots

and are fully compostable once they are done.

Milk cartons were upcycled as watering cans too.

Many thanks Rebecca, Aoife, Melissa, Sharon and Bronwen

from the Parents’ Association

who organised this interesting and exciting activity

for the three Junior Infant classes.

Wicklow County Council’s Competition – Christmas Decorations from Recycled Materials 2017

For as long as we can remember, every year at this time,

students make Christmas decorations

for the Wicklow County Council competition.

It is an annual event, that is much anticipated and greatly enjoyed.

The decorations are made from recycled materials.

All entries are on displayed in the hall.

Two entries go on to the Wicklow County Council competition.

These Christmas decorations made from recycled materials

are all so different and show great creativity and ingenuity.

The children had great fun making them.

Well done to all involved and many thanks to Ms.McNally

who co-ordinated the competition.

Wicklow County Council organizes

this annual Christmas Decorations Competition,

challenging the children to make Christmas Tree Decorations

out of recycled materials such as paper, cardboard, newspapers,

plastic & glass bottles, tin cans, milk and juice cartons, etc.

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!