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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.

‘A Global Citizenship Interactive’

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Martin Luther King said:

‘…before you finish eating breakfast in the morning, you’ve depended on more than half of the world. This is the way our universe is structured, this is its interrelated quality.’

Here is an interactive activity which teaches about how we rely on people from all over the world for the food we eat, the clothes we wear and things we use everyday.

Click HERE to see this activity from the website.


Food for thought ‘…before you finish eating breakfast in the morning, you’ve depended on more than half of the world…’ Full Quote from Martin Luther King

‘It really boils down to this: that all life is interrelated. We are all caught in an inescapable network of mutuality, tied into a single garment of destiny.

Whatever affects one directly, affects all indirectly. We are made to live together because of the interrelated structure of reality. Did you ever stop to think that you can’t leave for your job in the morning without being dependent on most of the world?

You get up in the morning and go to the bathroom and reach over for the sponge, and that’s handed to you by a Pacific islander.

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You reach for a bar of soap, and that’s given to you at the hands of a Frenchman.

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And then you go into the kitchen to drink your coffee for the morning, and that’s poured into your cup by a South American.

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And maybe you want tea: that’s poured into your cup by a Chinese.

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Or maybe you’re desirous of having cocoa for breakfast, and that’s poured into your cup by a West African.

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And then you reach over for your toast, and that’s given to you at the hands of an English-speaking farmer, not to mention the baker.

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And before you finish eating breakfast in the morning, you’ve depended on more than half of the world. This is the way our universe is structured, this is its interrelated quality.

We aren’t going to have peace on earth until we recognize this basic fact of the interrelated structure of all reality’.

Martin Luther King Jr.

Green Schools – Biodiversity: Online Games and Activities that teach about food chains and interdependence

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There are some great games online.

This one teaches about Food Chains.

Sheppard Software Food Chain Game

We also learned about herbivores, omnivores and carnivores

Animal Diet Game

There are even more educational and interesting games here:

Sheppard Software Games for Kids

We like working up the levels on this one:

Build a Food Chain from

As usual BBC Bitesize has an excellent activity

to help us understand food chains.

BBC Bitesize Food Chain Game

Just remember that the video at the end

is only available in the UK.

Also from the BBC is this one:

BBC Science Clips on Interdependence Game

This one is much more challenging (for Senior Classes really)

but it shows you how complicated a food chain is.

No need to log in. Just click ‘skip’.

Food Chain Game from Cool

‘Spring Alive’ website – encouraging children’s interest in nature and migratory birds

What a great website!

Spring Alive is an international project to encourage children’s interest in nature and the conservation of migratory birds and to get them to take action for birds and other wildlife…’
There are games and colouring activities on the website too. Click HERE to see.

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Happy International Women’s Day

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Green Schools Notice

Happy International Women’s Day!

  • Attached is a lesson plan on gender equality as well as Muzoon’s story (a Syrian girl who experienced extreme gender inequality and who took action). It would be a really worthwhile lesson to do with the senior classes.
  • Green schools meeting today at 2pm in Room 4. Please send class reps down at that time.

Muzoon’s Story


Survey: How many nationalities are there in the school?

Ms. Murray’s students did a survey to find out how many nationalities are there in the school. They found out that there are students in the school from fifteen different countries all over the world. Students in our school come from:
United Kingdom
United States of America

Let’s go for a Walk … Cycle or Scoot

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A New Message from the Green School’s Committee

  • Could all class teachers please put the Walk on Wednesdays sheet on their door and fill it in every Wednesday. Children from sixth class will record the number of children who walked or cycled. 
  • There will be a night off homework or extra yard time (at teacher’s discretion) for the class with the most children who walked or cycled to school each week. We will begin the rewards next week.
  • James Callery from Wicklow County Council will be coming on the 15th March at 1pm for the renewal visit. He said he would like to talk the the Green School committee and perhaps some classes too.
  • The next Green School meeting will be next Wednesday, 8th March at 2pm.

Learning about the environment on St. Brigid’s Day

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St. Brigid’s Day, the 1st February was a busy day for the students of our school. It was St.Brigid’s Day. Sister Evelyn came to visit. The students learned about ‘Laudato Si’; a letter from Pope Francis. In it the Pope talks about the importance of taking care of the environment.

Click on THIS LINK to read more.

Green Schools – Project Hyacinth Updated

In every classroom in the school ‘PROJECT HYACINTH’ is blooming. Since late November, when the parents from the Gardening Committee delivered a hyacinth bulb to every classroom the children have been watching their progress.

Many of the blooms were pink. Some were blue. We were very interested to see how some grew quickly and some were slower. Some grew very tall and some stayed small. We wondered why this was. A very surprising thing happened to some. After the first flower bloomed and withered, a second one grew. We would like to thank the Gardening Committee for this exciting project.


Green Schools – A Message from the Committee

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Following on from the Green School’s Committee meeting on Tuesday:

  1. The committee would like to find out how many different nationalities are in our school and represent this information on a bar chart to be displayed on our notice board. A green school’s rep will go around the classes today with a sheet for all the class teachers to fill in.
  2. There is an A3 poster competition for all green schools. Children depict what they would like Ireland to look like in the year 2040. This could be a good activity to do on Friday afternoon. Having a discussion about what a more ‘green’ Ireland might look like would be helpful before they start the poster. Closing date is 27th March. Prizes include a tablet and €500 euro for the winning school. Send finished posters to Room 8 to be posted
  3. If everyone could have a bin and lunch monitor in their class to make sure the correct waste is being put into the correct bin. Please count how many children are bringing containers in their lunches instead of tin foil/ cling film. This doesn’t mean singling out children who have tin foil but instead praising those who have containers.

That’s all for now. Thank you all in advance

Green Schools – Announcing a Green Schools Art Competition in St. Brigid’s Greystones

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The Green Schools Committee is announcing an art competition for the whole school.

Students are asked to draw a picture of what they think the world will look like in 2040!

So get working on your entries.

We look forward to seeing how you imagine the world of the future will be!

UPDATE: You can read more details  HERE