Stu­dents teach pupils about go­ing green in school gar­den

Wexford People - - NEWS - By ANNA HAYES

A BACK to Ed­u­ca­tion course, run by the Water­ford Wex­ford Ed­u­ca­tion and Train­ing Board (WWETB) brought ten lo­cals, quite lit­er­ally, back to school for part of their course­work!

The group of ten, which in­cluded Ann Borg, Pat Doyle, Aileen Iron­side, Marc Kelly, Paul McCor­mack, Bernie Mullen, Tat­jana Per­run­ina, Linda Sin­nott, Stu­art Van Der Bli­ake, Pa­trick Wal­lace, Nuala Wick­ham, with tu­tors Sheila Bur­ton fo­cus­ing on per­sonal ef­fec­tive­ness, and Dara Hil­lard for the hor­ti­cul­ture.

The mod­ules were QQI Level 3 Per­sonal Ef­fec­tive­ness Plan­ing and Pot­ting by hand, and Grow­ing Out­door Veg­eta­bles, which are all part of an over­all project called ‘En­hanc­ing Our Com­mu­nity through Ed­u­ca­tion’, WWETB’s Back to Ed­u­ca­tion pro­gramme. The group’s projects were un­veiled at Kil­rane Na­tional School just be­fore the school broke for the sum­mer.

As part of the per­sonal ef­fec­tive­ness mod­ule the group en­hanced a link­ing out­door cor­ri­dor us­ing the ‘Sea­sons’ Theme and built raised plant­ing beds in Kil­rane Na­tional School. They then went on to cover the plant­ing and pot­ting, and grow­ing veg­eta­bles mod­ules and passed on some of their learn­ing and skills to the fourth class pupils who will main­tain the beds.

Last year the same group cre­ated mo­saic benches in the com­mu­nity’s me­mo­rial park in con­junc­tion with Kil­rane/ Ross­lare Har­bour En­vi­ron­ment group and, over­all, the project has been a huge suc­cess and of huge ben­e­fit to the lo­cal area and, more im­por­tantly, a huge ben­e­fit to the par­tic­i­pants through their ed­u­ca­tion and gain­ing na­tion­ally recog­nised ac­cred­ited cer­ti­fi­ca­tion.

Prin­ci­pal Eoin Ó Don­nagáin and Jean Raw­son from WWETB spoke at the cel­e­bra­tions and both thanked the group and the chil­dren in­volved for all of their hard work. Mr Ó Don­nagáin also ex­plained how it was al­ready ben­e­fit­ing the school as the link­ing cor­ri­dor cur­rently has chalk draw­ings all over the ground as the chil­dren now use it be­cause this project has turned it into a warm invit­ing spot.

He also said that the beds would hope­fully be used for years to come for the chil­dren to plant flow­ers and veg­eta­bles.

Ms Raw­son noted that the freshly grown veg­eta­bles had piqued the in­ter­est of the school kids who hap­pily munched on spring onions, green beans and rad­dishes as well as taste-test­ing plenty of other pro­duce from the gar­den.

The WWETB runs a range of cour­ses through the Back to Ed­u­ca­tion ini­tia­tive and will be fo­cus­ing on wood­work for a QQI Art and De­sign mod­ule in Septem­ber.

Back to Ed­u­ca­tion learn­ers with pupils of Kil­rane NS, prin­ci­pal Eoin Ó Don­nagáin and Jean ra­won of the WWETB.

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