Students teach pupils about going green in school garden
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.